Northampton library

Brief description

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.

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