The library was built in 1913-14 to designs by Bradshaw, Gass and Hope in the Edwardian Baroque style.
Initially, Carnegie offered Stockport Corporation £10,000 for the erection of a free central library. The design was put out to competition and Bradshaw & Gass submitted a design costing £14,000. The Carnegie assessor, Percy S Worthington, award the ‘premium’ to them in October 1910. As this was over budget, and Andrew Carnegie increased his offer to £15,000 on condition that the Corporation provided a further £2,000 to build a branch library in another part of the town.
Awarded Grade II listing in 2017
Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Stockport council (2017)
- Year grant given (if known):
- Amount of grant: £15,000
- Year opened (and by who – if known): October 1913
Photo of library today (2015):
Old photo of library (postcard):
Nothing in my collection yet
- Entry on wikipedia
- Entry on the listed buildings register
- Historic England: Listed libraries of the north (article includes photo of the stained glass dome)
- Library Tourist visits Stockport library
- News article: Stockport’s historic Central Library set for move to new ‘cultural hub’ at Merseyway (September 2020)