Islington West library

Brief description

The foundation stone was laid on 30 June 1906, by Cllr TF Bryen. The architect was Beresford Pite, and the builders were C Dearing and Sons

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

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £3,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 24 July 1907

Photo of library today:





Original sign still in the entrance hall (which specifically mentions that ‘Situations Vacant’ will be exhibited there from 7am daily.)

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. West was probably the quietest of the 4 – maybe as the children’s library was closed over lunch? but it wasn’t empty.This building is bigger than it looks – there is a lecture theatre in the basement, the main section on the left hand side ground floor, and the childrens section to the right. Upstairs the former reading room appears to be no longer used by the library. Lots of original features still in place, but also new and bright furniture.


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