Rock Road library, Cambridge

Brief description

Grant given by the Carnegie UK Trust. An article from the week following the opening states: “Mr W.A. Fenton, the Borough Librarian, has seen a tremendous growth in the reading public since he took office. The new Rock Road Library has had an excellent start-off this week. When I looked in last night I found a continuous flow of adults and juveniles. The children’s reading room was practically full and some boys to whom I spoke assured me that everything was quite all right. Work on a new branch library at the corner of Milton Road and Ascham Road will begin almost immediately. The site appears to be an ideal one and new building should be complete before 1937 is very far advanced.”

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Cambridgeshire council (2017)

  • Year grant given (if known):
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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 21 May 1936

Photo of library today (2001):

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Photo credit: Cambridgeshire libraries

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Not yet

Web links:

  • Capturing Cambridge (collection of articles from the local press) – timeline
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Milton Road library, Cambridge

Brief description

Grant given by the Carnegie UK Trust

Current status: Cambridge council plans to demolish this library, but retain the facade. They will then build a new library, plus residential accommodation. (2017)

  • Year grant given (if known):
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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): April 1937

Photo of library today (2001):

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Photo credit: Cambridgeshire libraries

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Not yet

Web links:

Peterborough library

Brief description

After the opening ceremony, Carnegie became the first person to be awarded the Freedom of Peterborough.

Current status: Ceased to be a library in 1990. When I saw it in 2011, it was a restaurant. I think that closed, not sure what it is now.

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £6,700
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): Opened by Andrew Carnegie on 24* May 1906 (see photo below) *nb on site said 29 May.

Photo of library in 2011:

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Details:

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Opening ceremony in 1906

Old photo of library (postcard):

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Apparently the market was close by, I don’t think the sheep are being taken for storytime!

Visited?

Yes, although I just saw the outside. Peterborough’s new library is close by on the opposite side of the road. As mentioned above, not sure what the library is now, as google streetview in 2016 showed Imperial Bento (as shown in my photo) is no more.

Web links: