Sefton Park library

Brief description

Sefton Park, which was opened by AC himself, contained a children’s library, Liverpool’s first open access loan collection and an all-female staff (a tradition which is still maintained at this branch). It was designed by the city surveyor, Thomas Shelmerdine in the Tudor Revival style. Lots of interior details remain, including the simple art nouveau style railings around the gallery.

In the 1960s, a small flat roofed extension was added. This is now the children’s library (and not included in the listing!).

Awarded Grade II listing in 2012

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

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: Liverpool received £40,000 in all – for 4 branches and 2 reading rooms. Sefton Park library cost £5,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 3 August 1911, by Andrew Carnegie

Photo of library today:

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Details:

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Old photo of library (showing AC at the opening ceremony):

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Yes, in June 2017, on a visit to Liverpool which also took in Garston (another Carnegie legacy library), Kensington library, and Central library.

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Garston library

Brief description

Designed by the  Corporation Surveyor, Thomas Shelmerdine (who also designed Kensington and Toxteth libraries), in a style described as “Vernacular Revival style with strong Arts & Crafts influences.” The land for Garston Library was bought by Liverpool Corporation and the building work was carried out by Messrs Brown & Backhouse.

Awarded Grade II listing in 2012

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

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £8183
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 26 May 1909 by Councillor F J Leslie, Chairman of the Library, Museum & Arts Committee

Photo of library today (2017):

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Details:

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Yes, in June 2017, on a visit to Liverpool which also took in Sefton Park, Kensington library, and Central library.

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Lister Drive library

Brief description

Also known as West Derby library, and its in Tuebrook. Designed by Liverpool city surveyor Thomas Shelmerdine, in ‘Free Renaissance’ style. The chief librarian was Peter Cowell.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1985.

Current status: Closed as a library in 2006. Sold by the council in 2011, and eventually bought by  a charity which provides services to young people. There are plans to restore and refurbish it,  and they hope to reopen in 2018. (2016)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: c£13,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 27 June 1905 by Sir William Forwood JP

Photo of library today (2003):

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stan benbow [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Details:

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet. But this gallery on the Liverpool Echo site contains lots of images of the old library. And this blog post also contains lots of photos.

Visited?

Not yet.

Web links:

Walton library

Brief description

Current status: Now known as Walton library (Life Rooms) – owned and managed by Merseycare NHS. (2016)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £8,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 23 November 1911 by Richard Caton who was Deputy Chair of Liverpool’s Library, Museum and Arts Committee

Photo of library today (2013):

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Photo credit: Flickr user SteHLiverpool (cc licence)

Details:

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Not yet

Web links: