In December 1916, the Carnegie Trust offered a grant of £15,000 to Burnley towards the cost of a library, increasing in August 1925 to £16,500. Work did not commence on the construction of the present library building until 16 July 1928 but, in the meantime, a Reference Library had opened on Elizabeth Street in July 1921 and a school library service went into operation in February 1924. The final building costs amounted to £35,000.
Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Lancashire County Council (2017)
- Year grant given (if known): 1925
- Amount of grant: £16,500
- Year opened (and by who – if known): 3 July 1930, by the Earl of Elgin and Kincardine.
Photo of library today (2009):
Shared by flickr member Robert Wade under cc licence
Old postcard of library (from my collection):
- News article about planned closures of libraries in Lancashire (2016) features Burnley library – although that did not feature on the final closures list.
- News article: Nostalgia – A new chapter in Burnley’s library service is opened in 1930