Following a competition, the architect chosen was Henry Leslie Patterson, of Hemsoll & Patterson, and his design is in the tudor revival style. Carnegie agreed to provide £3,500 in two stages for the construction of the library with the proviso that Sheffield Libraries Committee consented to spend no less than £230 per annum on its upkeep. Construction began in August 1904 and the builder was Daniel O’Neill. The foundation stone was laid on 9 August 1904 by Alderman Brittain. The building was complete at the end of 1905 after 16 months of work.
The library was extended in 1924, and there were internal alterations in 1954.
Awarded Grade II listing in 1993.
Current status: Still open as a public library, although it has become what is known in Sheffield as an associate library: supported by a grant, and run independently by volunteers (2016)
- Year grant given (if known):
- Amount of grant: £3,500
- Year opened (and by who – if known): 1905, by Herbert Hughes, Lord Mayor of Sheffield.
Photo of library today (2009):
Old photo of library (postcard):
Nothing in my collection yet
Yes, in 2009
Web links and further reading:
- Entry on the listed buildings register
- wikipedia entry
- “A Veritable University – Memories Of Walkley And Its Library”, Walkley Library Millennium Publication, No ISBN.
- Library website
- News article as plans for redevelopment proceed: Writing a new chapter in story of Sheffield library cafe (2017)