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.
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.
The Carnegie library is a real local gem: small, friendly, relaxing, well stocked with books and newspapers and well looked after by its staff.
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.
Edwardian window detail.
The Carnegie has a wonderful reading and wildlife garden
Locals making use of the facilities.
Visit the library:
Tel: 020 7926 6050
Monday 1pm to 8pm
Wednesday 10am to 6pm
Thursday 1pm to 6pm
Friday 10am to 6pm
Saturday 9am to 5pm
Bank Holidays Closed
Discuss the library on the urban75 thread.