Originally built as the public library and ajoining Carnegie lecture hall. The open competition attracted 74 entries and the winners were Messrs W.A Mellon and George Wittet (of York). Alderman R.E Highton formally laid the foundation stone for the new library on 10th September 1903. The contractor for the red sandstone building was Messrs J.I Wilson and Co.
From 1907 The Council Chamber (Now Monroe’s Bar) was located in the Carnegie Library and was used by the Borough Council for its meetings. The lecture hall became a picture house in the early days of cinema, and remained one until 1958.
Awarded Grade II listing in 1985
Current status: Closed in 1973, converted into the Carnegie arts centre and theatre. (2017)
- Year grant given (if known):
- Amount of grant: £7500
- Year opened (and by who – if known): 6 October 1904 by Alderman Robert Ernest Highton JP
Photo of library today (2010):
Old photo of library (postcard):