The Central Library for the city of Stoke-on-Trent is located on Bethesda Street in the town of Hanley, adjacent to the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery. Stoke-on-Trent is a combined grouping of six town areas known for pottery manufacturing into a larger municipal area. Hanley is the municipal center of the area hence having the main library and museum. This building was designed by J. W. Plant, the city architect, in 1970. He was also responsible for the larger urban planning scheme in downtown Hanley. The flat entrance canopy to the library contains an interesting design, while the yellow metal panels enliven the rest of the facade.
The police station next door appears to date from the same era and may also be Plant.