Harrogate library

Brief description

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):




Foundation stone


Library plaque (outside)


Bronze plaque (inside)

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet


Yes, on a misty day in 2011.

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