A look around the delightful Carnegie Library, Herne Hill Road, south London

A look around the delightful Carnegie Library, Herne Hill Road, south London

With three of Lambeth’s libraries threatened with devastating funding cuts and two facing complete closure, there’s an uncertain time ahead for these essential community assets.

One library that is expected to lose all its funding is the charming Grade II listed Carnegie Library in Herne Hill Road, which has been serving locals since 1906.

A look around the delightful Carnegie Library, Herne Hill Road, south London

As we reported in January this year, Lambeth Council is planning to sell the Minet and Waterloo Libraries, and cease funding for the Durning, Carnegie and Upper Norwood Library.

The £10m windfall expected from flogging off the two libraries would then be used to set up an endowment fund to help residents run community libraries. You can discuss the proposed changes on the urban75 thread over here.

A look around the delightful Carnegie Library, Herne Hill Road, south London

A look around the delightful Carnegie Library, Herne Hill Road, south London

The Carnegie library is a real local gem: small, friendly, relaxing, well stocked with books and newspapers and well looked after by its staff.

A look around the delightful Carnegie Library, Herne Hill Road, south London

The library building is also striking: built with red Flettan bricks and terracotta, it’s a fine example of Edwardian civic architecture, incorporating a classical framework with Tudor style large mullioned, transomed windows.

A look around the delightful Carnegie Library, Herne Hill Road, south London

A look around the delightful Carnegie Library, Herne Hill Road, south London

Edwardian window detail.

A look around the delightful Carnegie Library, Herne Hill Road, south London

A look around the delightful Carnegie Library, Herne Hill Road, south London

Children’s area.

A look around the delightful Carnegie Library, Herne Hill Road, south London

Reading area.

A look around the delightful Carnegie Library, Herne Hill Road, south London

A look around the delightful Carnegie Library, Herne Hill Road, south London

The Carnegie has a wonderful reading and wildlife garden

A look around the delightful Carnegie Library, Herne Hill Road, south London

A look around the delightful Carnegie Library, Herne Hill Road, south London

A look around the delightful Carnegie Library, Herne Hill Road, south London

Locals making use of the facilities.

A look around the delightful Carnegie Library, Herne Hill Road, south London

Visit the library:

188 Herne Hill Road
London
SE24 0AG
Tel: 020 7926 6050

Get directions

Opening times:

Monday 1pm to 8pm
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 10am to 6pm
Thursday 1pm to 6pm
Friday 10am to 6pm
Saturday 9am to 5pm
Sundays Closed
Bank Holidays Closed

lambeth.gov.uk/places/carnegie-library

Discuss the library on the urban75 thread.