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by Tammy Facey (subscribe)
Read. Write. Run.
Published August 18th 2013
Public service in a darling setting
Wednesbury public library has been giving local residents a chance to educate themselves, broaden their literature range and (only recently) use their computers for the past hundred years.

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Wednesbury public library

The listed building is a local attraction, and has continued to provide a modified public service over the past ten years. It is free to register, so you can use the library as and when required. The opening times are pretty flexible, and I've found myself going in after work to print something off, if my printer at home is playing up. There is a fee to print, however. For black and white they charge five pence per page, and for colour it's ten. It's not an enormous amount, but keep it in mind if you have to print something off.

The staff are friendly, but admittedly not as technically savvy as I had hoped. I once heard a man struggling to save an application and a member of staff was completely stumped. I offered my help, and we got to the root of the problem. Thus, I wouldn't consider Wednesbury library a substitute for the city library, or even a source to find books, but it does a reasonable job.

They tend to hold a lot of events for the unemployed and children of play group age. Such are the true benefits of the library: helping the community.

You can stay in the library from the minute it opens to it's closure if you like, but you can only use the computers for one hour at a time. If you need longer you can book a computer at the kiosk and do what you need to do in peace.

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War memorial

Directly opposite the library is a war memorial, which is somewhat of an attraction. The garden in which the memorial sits is kept spotless, and can be a calm, outdoor spot to enjoy a book leant from the library.

The picturesque library in its ancient setting has a quality modern-day libraries can't complete with. I always find myself attracted to vintage buildings, and the old school charm of Wednesbury library is irresistible. I always wander in, even if I don't need a novel, requirement doesn't come into the equation. The character of the building is nevertheless alluring and I've no doubt the je ne sais quality is what attracts others too, necessity never a factor.
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Why? Free wifi, free books, and free use of a computers
When: Monday: 9.30am - 7pm Tuesday: 9.30am - 6pm Wednesday: 10.30am - 6pm Thursday: 9.30am - 6pm Friday: 9.30am - 7pm Saturday: 10am - 4pm Sunday: Closed
Phone: 0121 556 0351
Where: Walsall Street
Cost: Free
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