Kingston upon Thames library

Brief description

New library was planned in 1900. It was designed by Alfred Cox (who also designed the neighbouring museum and art gallery). Initially a loan of £6,000 was raised, but when the cost exceeded the estimate,  Carnegie awarded a grant of £2,000 and came to open the new library. According to Julian McCarthy’s book: Secret Kingston upon Thames through time, Carnegie was “so impressed, that he cleared all debts and thus enabled Kingston museum to be built.”

Awarded Grade II listing in 1973.

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by The Royal Borough of Kingston council (2016)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £2,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known):  11 May 1903, by Andrew Carnegie.

Photo of library today (2011):



Old photo of library (postcard):



Yes, in 2011, but it was closed, so we couldn’t see inside.

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