Kendal library

Brief description

The carnegie building replaced the old library in the market place. It was designed by Kendal architect T.F. Pennington and a cartouche on the front confirms it dates from 1908.

Current status: still a public library [2016], run by Cumbria county council

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £5,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 20 March 1909 by the Mayor, Mr J Banks.

Photo of library today:

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Old photo of library (postcard):

No postcard yet….. I’m definitely looking out for one!


This is the library that forms my earliest library memories. We lived in Kendal from when I was about 2-10, and mum remembers taking me and my sister upstairs to the children’s library many times. I do remember a circular lobby where you could look down from the gallery as you went upstairs. Not very pushchair friendly though. I’ve been back once since it was refurbished – now there is another entrance around the side, so you can avoid the steps if you need to. The children’s library has also been moved downstairs.

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