Hammersmith library

Brief description

The architect was Henry Hare, who designed a building in the Baroque style. (Note, he also designed libraries in libraries in Wolverhampton, Harrogate, Southend, Islington, Shoreditch and Fulham.) Sculptural ornaments including figures of Shakespeare & Milton and reliefs of literature and Art, Industry and Science. The sculptor was Frederick Schenk

The library was refurbished and reopened in 2014.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1980

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (2017)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1905

Photo of library today (2014):

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Photo credit: Hammersmith and Fulham council (shared via flickr under cc licence)

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Old photo of library (postcard):

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Visited?

Not yet

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Fulham library

Brief description

The architect was Henry T Hare. The foundation stone was laid by Councillor Easton, Mayor of Fulham on 21 October 1908.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1985

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (2018)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1908

Photo of library today (2018):

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Old photo of library (postcard):

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Visited?

Yes, after work in May 2018. The library is open until 8pm, and at 5pm was packed – both in the reference room upstairs, and all the desks and public computers on the ground floor. Also upstairs is what is labelled the Exhibition Hall – a vaulted space which is now available to hire – and looking at the photos on their website, it makes a great venue for weddings.

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