The architects were Goddard, Paget and Catlow, and their design is described as being in Arts and Crafts style.
The building was opened by Carnegie himself, and during the official ceremony, he issued and stamped the library’s first-ever loan: a copy of his own book The Gospel of Wealth.
When the library was refurbished in 2012-13, the re-opening was a reenactment of the original ceremony.
Awarded Grade II listing in 1976.
Current status: Still open as a public library, run as a LibraryPlus by the new Wellbeing CIC, on behalf of Northamptonshire County Council (2016)
- Year grant given (if known): 1902
- Amount of grant: £8,450
- Year opened (and by who – if known): May 1904, by Andrew Carnegie
Photo of library today (2006):
nb looking at google streetview in 2016, that bush shelter and railings have been removed, and there is a much wider pavement in front of the library. Still quite lot of ivy, but you can see the crest carved above the door. Must still be quite dark in those left hand side rooms though.
Old photo of library (postcard):
Yes, in 2006. Must go back and see if the have removed any of that ivy!
- Entry on the listed buildings register
- Article (BBC – 2012): Andrew Carnegie-funded Kettering library ‘needs £1m’ to be restored
- Article (BBC – 2013): Historic Kettering library reopening