Blackpool library

Brief description

A plot of land, previously used as a bowling green, was bought by the Council for the new library. The library was designed by architects Alexander Cullen, Lockhead and Brown of Glasgow in free Baroque style, with the help of the then chief librarian Mr. Rowland Hill, to be comfortable, quiet and attractive – the priorities being the entrance hall, the main staircase and dome, the Reference Room, the Committee Room and the Lending Library.

The library was refurbished and extended. The work took 18 months – reopening in 2011

Awarded Grade II listing in 1983.

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Blackpool Council (2021)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £15,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 26 October 1911, by the Mayor, Cllr WH Broadhead JP

Photo of library in 2007:


Photo credit: Betty Longbottom and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence



Shared by flickr user Diane Griffiths under cc licence. She also shared a photo of the blue plaque on the library

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet


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