The architect was Herbert Norman, and the builder was AA Clarke. It was one of the first libraries in the world to have a children’s library (opened in 1912). The library was refurbished in the 1960s and again in the 1980s. It was made a Grade II listed building in 1975.
Current status: Still the main town library.
- Year grant given (if known):
- Amount of grant: £15,000
- Year opened (and by who – if known): 9 June 1910 by Alderman H Butterfield, Mayor of Northampton
Photo of library today:
The Carnegie Room
Note this is one of the Carnegie libraries to display a bust of the funder (top right) as part of the exterior decoration (others include Manor Park and Walthamstow)
Old photo of library (postcard):
Visited several times 2015-17, related to Libraries Taskforce meetings – one time we held a Taskforce meeting actually in the Carnegie Room.
- Happy 100th birthday Northamptonshire central library
- Entry on the listed buildings register
- This library also contains a micro geocache – a novel way of bringing in new visitors! (note the first response: “I’ve never actually been in this library but it does make you realise how important they are after seeing how busy it was. Thanks for helping to make my day more interesting :-)”)
- Library Tourist visits Northampton central library