Islington North library

Brief description

The foundation stone was laid by AM Torrance JP, Mayor of Islington, on 28 October 1905
The architect was Henry T Hare (also responsible for central library)

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Islington Council (2016)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £7,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 29 September 1906, by Alderman Henry Mills JP, Mayor of Islington

Photo of library today:




Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet


Thanks to a friend who has just moved to Islington, we had the excuse to visit all 4 of the libraries endowed by Carnegie in August 2016. All 4 are still open as public libraries, and all 4 were open on a Saturday. The North branch was lovely inside, while the front is rectangular and almost symmetrical, the back is semi circular. Downstairs, this is the section that has the computers and lots of reading spaces, while upstairs, at the front there is a lecture room, and the back is the childrens library (a change from the original design, as it used to be on the ground floor at the front – as confirmed by the names painted on the entrance doors). The childrens library still has the original shelving all around the edge, but is also bright and colourful in decoration and the additional moveable shelves.

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