Lister Drive library

Brief description

Also known as West Derby library, and its in Tuebrook. Designed by Liverpool city surveyor Thomas Shelmerdine, in ‘Free Renaissance’ style. The chief librarian was Peter Cowell.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1985.

Current status: Closed as a library in 2006. Sold by the council in 2011, and eventually bought by  a charity which provides services to young people. There are plans to restore and refurbish it,  and they hope to reopen in 2018. (2016) Update: restoration continues – the building will be opened as part of Heritage Open days 2019 – for a hard hat tour.

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: c£13,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 27 June 1905 by Sir William Forwood JP

Photo of library in 2003:


stan benbow [CC BY-SA 2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons


Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet. But this gallery on the Liverpool Echo site contains lots of images of the old library. And this blog post also contains lots of photos.


Not yet.

Web links:

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