Skipton library

Brief description

Site given by the trustees of Skipton Mechanics Institute. The architects were John William Broughton and James Hartley.

From article (link below): In 1903, Skipton Urban District Council and the trustees and council of the Science and Art Schools formally wrote to Mr Carnegie asking for £6,000 (around £600,000 in today’s money).

They were granted £3,000, but the conditions were that a penny rate would have to be levied for the purchase of books, as well as extra funds raised to liquidate the mortgage on the two shops which stood on the proposed site. The first librarian, Leonard Hetherington, was also appointed from a field of 170 applicants.

The cost of the building itself was £3,000 while the furnishings cost £450, to be paid for from local rates.

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by North Yorkshire council (2021)

  • Year grant given (if known): 1906
  • Amount of grant: £3,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): Sir Matthew Amcotts Wilson Bart on 16 February 1910.

Photo of library in 2008:


Photo credit: Peter Church and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence



Photo credit: Kathy Settle (2017)

Old photo of library (postcard):

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