The library was built on land belonging to All Souls College, Oxford, by Architects Done Hunter and Co. of Cricklewood. It was built in two stages, first a reading room and librarian’s office, but when that became too small, the decision was made to appeal to Carnegie for funds to enlarge the building and make space for a lending library. The extension was also designed by Done Hunter and Co – specifically, their architect Murray Rust.
Current status: Closed by Brent council in 2011, but re-opened and run by a community group in 2019 (2019)
- Year grant given (if known): 1903
- Amount of grant: £3000
- Year opened (and by who – if known): Reading room opened on 27 September 1900, by Mark Twain, and the library by Judge Rentoul on 13 May 1904.
Photo of library in 2011:
Old photo of library (postcard):
Nothing in my collection yet
- News article: Kensal Rise library’s victorious re-opening following eight year battle (2019)
- Blog: Kensal Rise library – a Carnegie-Twain library (2012) Includes photo of the plaque commemorating the original opening.
- Entry on wikipedia: Kensal Rise library
- Centenary booklet: Kensal Rise library, 1900-2000. By Robert Barker – former librarian