Islington South library

Brief description

The foundation stone was laid by Alderman JS Elliott JP, Mayor of Islington, on 30 May 1915. The architect was Mervyn E Macartney. The building was completed December 1916 during the mayoralty of Alderman Sir George Elliot, but not opened officially until 1921. I guess WWI intervened.

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

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 21 May 1921 by the Mayor Cllr EH King JP

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. This library was also really busy when I popped in. The entrance hall is panelled in grey and white marble, but the nicest surprise was the oval stairwell at the back – with pretty iron balustrades and an oval skylight.


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