Kings Lynn library

Brief description

“We are a listed building inside and out, and even have some listed shelving. Architecturally, I’d describe it as Victorian Gothic, looking like a cross between a small castle and a minor cathedral, but inside it’s art nouveau meets Rennie Mackintosh, all lightness and air, with some stunning stained glass skylights. We believe our colleagues of 100 years ago would still recognise “their” library despite computers etc.” [how a librarian described her library to me]. The listing describes it as “Gothic, with Arts and Crafts influence”.

The architect was Herbert J Green.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1982.

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Norfolk county council (2016)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £5,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 18 May 1905, by Andrew Carnegie

Photo of library today (2009):


Tim Heaton [CC BY-SA 2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons


Old photo of library (postcard):



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