Built 1905-6 by Portsmouth Borough Council to the design by local architect, Arthur Edward Cogswell, who provided his services free of charge.
Awarded Grade II listing in 2011.
Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Portsmouth City council (2018)
- Year grant given (if known):
- Amount of grant:
- Year opened (and by who – if known): 12 September 1906
Photo of library today (2010):
Closeup of the front door, showing lovely stained glass and carving.
And the gorgeous stained glass inside.
Old photo of library (postcard):
Nothing in my collection yet
Briefly, in 2010, when on our way to catch a ferry. Then again in 2018, during a weekend spent in Portsmouth. The library is lovely inside – the space is now shared with several other family welfare/council services, but the main library space on the ground floor is lovely and light, with the stained glass taking a starring role.
- Entry on the listed buildings register
- History in Portsmouth
- Blog post from George the cyclist – an american who toured the UK, and recorded the Carnegie libraries he saw, starting with this one.