The building is half Town Hall, half library. The council announced a competition for the design of the buildings in November 1903 and over 60 entries were submitted before the drawings of Mr William Bakewell, of Park Square in Leeds were approved. The foundation stone of the library was laid by John Dixon on 31st January 1906. The library committee wanted an impressive opening ceremony and invited the Reverend Robert Collyer. He had grown up in Ilkley, but had travelled to the United States in 1850, where he subsequently became a world famous preacher.
Awarded Grade II listing in 1976.
Current status: Still open as a public library, run by City of Bradford MDC. (2016)
- Year grant given (if known): 1903
- Amount of grant: £3,000
- Year opened (and by who – if known):Opened on 2 october 1907 by Reverend Dr Robert Collyer, despite the full building not being finished until 1908 (they had invited him thinking it would be ready…..)
Photo of library today (2011):
Foundation stone – or, to be more accurate, metal plaque attached to foundation stone!
Old photo of library (postcard):
Nothing in my collection yet
Yes, we visited during a holiday in Yorkshire. I love the art nouveau style figures by the door.