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 , 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:
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.