West End Branch Library

1348 Tuscaloosa Avenue South West
Birmingham, AL 35211

205-226-4089

History

1908-1909 Andrew Carnegie donated $10,000 for the design and construction of the West End Library when West End was a separate municipality Birmingham
1912 The West End Library opened on April 1. When the town ofWest End was incorporated into the City of Birmingham, theWest End Library became the third branch of the Birmingham Public Library.

1960 To replace the aging Carnegie building, the City of Birmingham approved a bond issue for $109,000 and hired architects Turner and Batson to design a new library and contractor Brice Building Company to construct it.1962 On Sunday, December 9, the West End Library officially opened, complete with air-conditioning, 4,500 square feet of space, separate departments for adults and children, a meeting room for the public, a work room for the staff, and
an office for the librarian.

1997 The library replaced its original heating and air-conditioning system after 35 years of use.2003 The Birmingham City Council accepted a bid to build a new
$1.7 million West End Library. In September the library
broke ground two blocks away on a new site where the old Masonic Temple had been destroyed by fire a few
years before.

2007 The Birmingham-based architect Khalil Engineering and contractor Eighteen Oaks completed the new library with a meeting room large enough for 75 people, a conference room, a new parking lot, and a clock tower above the entrance.In 2001 the Library Board and Administration chose anarchitect to design a new library to be built in the 1400 block
of Tuscaloosa Avenue on the site of the old Masonic Temple.

Library Hours

Monday 

9:00AM - 1:00PM

2:00PM - 6:00PM

Tuesday

9:00AM - 1:00PM

2:00PM - 6:00PM

Wednesday

9:00AM - 1:00PM

2:00PM - 6:00PM

Thursday

9:00AM - 1:00PM

2:00PM - 6:00PM

Friday

9:00AM - 1:00PM

2:00PM - 6:00PM

Saturday

9:00AM - 1:00PM

2:00PM - 6:00PM

Sunday CLOSED

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