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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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.

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Rushden library

Brief description

Opened in 1905, there was a substantial refurbishment and expansion in 1995. Backroom functions of the library were transferred to the neighbouring council building and an atrium was built, which provided both buildings with disabled access for the first time and allowed the library to expand considerably.

Current status: still a library [2016], now managed by Northamptonshire County council under its new LibraryPlus model, run by a CIC.

  • Year grant given (if known): 1902
  • Amount of grant: £2,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): Saturday 25 November 1905 by the Marquis of Northampton

Photo of library today (2011):

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Not yet in my collection

Visited?

Seen from the outside only, as it was closed when we drove through Rushden in 2011

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New Cross library

Brief description

Designed by Gerald Warren and Stanley E Castle.

Current status: now a music studio [2016]

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant:
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 24 July 1911

Photo of library today:

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Not yet in my collection

Visited?

Drove past this former library, the carving above the door confirms it as a carnegie (just – its very faint!).

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Kendal library

Brief description

The carnegie building replaced the old library in the market place. It was designed by Kendal architect T.F. Pennington and a cartouche on the front confirms it dates from 1908.

Current status: still a public library [2016], run by Cumbria county council

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £5,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 20 March 1909 by the Mayor, Mr J Banks.

Photo of library today:

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Old photo of library (postcard):

No postcard yet….. I’m definitely looking out for one!

Visited?

This is the library that forms my earliest library memories. We lived in Kendal from when I was about 2-10, and mum remembers taking me and my sister upstairs to the children’s library many times. I do remember a circular lobby where you could look down from the gallery as you went upstairs. Not very pushchair friendly though. I’ve been back once since it was refurbished – now there is another entrance around the side, so you can avoid the steps if you need to. The children’s library has also been moved downstairs.

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Middlesbrough library

Brief description

The first announcement of the offer by Andrew Carnegie of funding for the erection of a new public library for Middlesbrough was made at a meeting of the Free Library and Museum Committee in 1908. 203 designs were submitted and Mr Edwin Cooper FRIBA was appointed architect. Mr Henry McNaughton’s tender for construction was accepted and the foundation stone was laid by Councillor Walter Roberts.

One feature to note, you can still see the separate entrance which gave access to the Juvenile Library (its name is carved in stone above the door). This is described in the architects’ description as: “the secondary entrance which gives access to the Juvenile Library enabling children to approach it without entering that part of the building where their presence is not desired”. The library also contained a ladies’ reading room and general newsroom.

Current status: a public library operated by Middlesbrough Borough Council. (2018)

  • Year grant given (if known): January 1908 and foundation stone laid 2 May 1910
  • Amount of grant: £15,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): opened by Alderman Amos Hinton JP on 8 May 1912

Photo of library today (2016):

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The reference room

Unfortunately, while there are shiny brass plaques giving details of all involved in opening the library, they are behind equally shiny perspex, so my photos contain more reflections than detail!

Old photo of library (postcard):

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There is still an open space in front of this library, and trees, but no bandstand.

Visited?

I visited this library in July 2016. Downstairs was busy, and there were a couple of people reading in the wonderful upstairs reading room.

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Winton library

Brief description

The first of four libraries to be built in Bournemouth following the Carnegie award.
It was built on land given by Lord Leven. The winning tender for the new library was from Miller and Sons who submitted an estimate of £1,833.

The library was modernised and redecorated in 1926 and extended in 1933. Forty years later in 1967 there was another major refurbishment which included new floors and lighting.

It was declared a Grade 2 listed building in 1976.

There were more refurbishments in 1993 and 2006 – when the library was fitted with a computer suite.

Current status: Still a public library, managed by Bournemouth borough council

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: A total of £10,000 to build 4 libraries: Westbourne, Springbourne, Winton and Boscombe. Winton was allocated £2,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 26 October 1907, by Alderman JA Parsons, Mayor of Bournemouth.

Photo of library today (2013):

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Visited?

We visited in 2013.  It was busy, but the librarian had time to talk. She explained the back of the building used to house a bindery, but once that was no longer needed, it was refurbished and now houses a children’s centre.
The street off to the right is called Library Road!

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Springbourne library

Brief description

One of 4 built in Bournemouth with Carnegie funding – the second to be opened.

Current status: Still a public library, managed by Bournemouth borough council (2018)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: Total grant was £10,000 to build 4 libraries: Westbourne, Springbourne, Winton and Boscombe. Springbourne was allocated £2,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 27 March 1909, by Mayor G E Bridge

Photo of library today (2013):

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Visited?

We visited in 2013. Unfortunately it had just closed, so we couldn’t see inside, but there was a lovely garden next door.

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