Designed by Henry T Hare, it was originally planned to be part of a much bigger ‘municipal palace’ – but only the library was ever built. The foundation stone was laid on 17 October 1904 by Alderman Horace Milling JP, Mayor of Harrogate.
Underwent a £3.4 million restoration which was completed in 2010 and was reopened by the Duke of Gloucester in 2011.
The library was awarded Grade II listing in 1975.
Current status: Still open as a public library, run by North Yorkshire county council (2016)
- Year grant given (if known):
- Amount of grant: £7,500
- Year opened (and by who – if known): 24 January 1906, by the Rt Rev GW Kennion, Bishop of Bath and Wells
Photo of library today (2011):
Library plaque (outside)
Bronze plaque (inside)
Old photo of library (postcard):
Nothing in my collection yet
Yes, on a misty day in 2011.
- Entry on the listed buildings register
- William Birch and Sons, who carried out the restoration
- Local news story about the reopening
- BBC story about the restoration