Herne Hill – the Carnegie library

Brief description

Built in 1905 – the architect was Wakeford and Son, the builders were Holliday and Greenwood.

The building was awarded Grade II listing in 1981.

Current status: The future of the library is uncertain. It was closed by Lambeth Council in 2016 – an act which caused great controversy and resulted in many local people occupying the library for over a week. The council have announced their intention to hand over the building to be turned into a health living centre, but exact plans are currently unknown (July 2016)

  • Year grant given (if known): application made directly to Carnegie in 1902
  • Amount of grant: £12,500
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): completed in 1905 and opened to the public on 9 July 1906

Photo of library today:




Bronze plaque in the entrance hall

Old photo of library (postcard):


I’ve visited several times – once to take photos of the outside, and again, when the library took part in the Lambeth Fun Palaces event in 2015.

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