Burnley library

Brief description

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):

3554234751_f866f5a64c_zShared by flickr member Robert Wade under cc licence

Old postcard of library (from my collection):



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