Boston library

Brief description

Most towns received Carnegie grants that resulted in buildings either exclusively or primarily for the use of a library. However, this was not the case everywhere. Boston was granted funds by Carnegie that formed part of a much grander and more elaborate plan.

It had been originally intended to provide a Free Library and a School of Art to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897. A public subscription fund was inaugurated that was soon accepted by Boston Corporation. The Corporation had also committed itself to providing new accommodation for the Council offices and for the Police and Fire services, so these were included in the scheme. The result was the opening of the new Municipal Buildings in West Street which accommodated the Council Offices, Mayor’s Parlour, Fire Station, Police Station, Police Court and Cells and School of Art, as well as the Library and Reading Room. The Library was given exclusive use of its own designated rooms. Andrew Carnegie donated £560 towards the library scheme and the Mayor, Alderman Joseph Cooke, who  officially opened the premises, contributed a further £500.
[from the article by David Lambourne – see link below]

The architect was James Rowell.

Current status: No longer a public library – now offices.

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £560
  • Year opened: 16 June 1904, by  Alderman Joseph Cooke

Photo of library in 2020:

Boston – former library. Photo credit: Oriel Prizeman 2020. Image shared under CC license CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0 Cardiff University AHRC Shelf Life project

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Not yet.

Web links:

  • David Lambourne wrote a series of short articles on Lincolnshire’s Carnegie libraries which were published in ‘Lincolnshire Past and Present

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