203 Paine Avenue
Toledo, Ohio 43605
|Monday||9 a.m. - 9 p.m.|
|Tuesday||9 a.m. - 9 p.m.|
|Wednesday||9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.|
|Thursday||9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.|
|Friday||9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.|
- Internet Access
- 12 public computers
- 2 children's computers
- Free Wifi
- Meeting Space
- 100-person meeting room capacity/handicapped accessible
- Faxing, copying, scanning
- 25 parking spots/3 additional handicapped accessible
- 6 bicycle spots
- Holiday Hours
Welcome to Birmingham Branch!
Hungarian heritage. Youth gathering spot. Neighborhood place to be.
Walk into the Birmingham Branch Library and take a step back in time. This beautiful branch has a traditional library feel as well as beautiful Hungarian artwork. Although we are the smallest branch in the system, Birmingham has a large presence in our community. Weekly programs are offered for children and teens in areas such as STEM, karaoke, gaming, crafts, life skills and dance. We have two community meeting rooms, with GED classes available Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. We also partner with the Hungarian Club of Toledo to offer ethnic cooking classes and host a monthly book discussion for adults.
I was born and raised in East Toledo and graduated from Waite High School and Bowling Green State University. I began my library career as a clerk at Reynolds Corners Branch in 1992. Since I enjoyed reading with my four young children, I decided to attend library school at Wayne State University, graduating in 1996. After several years as a children’s librarian at various branches, I became Birmingham manager in 2007. This neighborhood has been very welcoming to me, and I enjoy learning about the cultural traditions and history of the Birmingham neighborhood.
I am involved in the East Toledo Club, the Birmingham Development Corporation and the Hungarian Club of Toledo. I’ve enjoyed participating in many East Toledo initiatives including the annual Memorial Day breakfast, Main Street cleanup and the holiday parade. I was very honored to receive the Friend of the Neighborhood Award at the Birmingham Ethnic Festival in 2016. In my free time, I enjoy biking, cooking, traveling, reading historical fiction and sharing books with my grandchildren.
Wednesday Apr. 24
at 3:30 p.m.
Do you want to improve your grades and be successful in school? Our Homework Helper is here through the end of May to help you with your school assignments.Event Details for Homework Helper
Connecting Kids to Meals
Wednesday Apr. 24
at 3:30 p.m.
Visit the library for FREE after school snacks. All kids up to age 18 are eligible. Come for a snack--stay to read, learn and play!Event Details for Connecting Kids to Meals
GED Classes (Penta)
Thursday Apr. 25
at 12:00 p.m.
Earning the GED diploma will open doors to other Educational/Employment opportunities. Call Owens Community College at 567-661-2227 to register for this tuition free class.Event Details for GED Classes (Penta)
Birmingham Cultural Center
Our Birmingham Cultural Center is a collection of books and historical documents in English and Hungarian. The collection celebrates the rich Hungarian heritage of the neighborhood and includes historic photographs of life, artwork, clothing and dolls in authentic Hungarian costume.
All of our Library locations offer free public meeting rooms. These rooms are available for educational, instructional or civic programs when available.
Reserve a Room: Contact the Library location directly to schedule a meeting room. Reservations are complete once you receive a response from Library staff. Before booking a meeting room, please review our Meeting Room Reservation Policy.
The Library does not endorse the purposes, policies, products or claims of those who use its meeting rooms. Scheduled meetings may be superseded by Library-sponsored activities.Reserve Room
Birmingham opened in 1920 in the East Side Community House before moving to its current location in 1930. In 2003, the facility received an expansion that nearly doubled its size, allowing it to host more programs for children than any other branch in Lucas County. Birmingham offers a special collection of materials related to Hungarian language and culture. Special features include stained glass panels and a mural reflecting the Hungarian heritage of the Birmingham community.