|Opening the library in 1914|
It arrived after the promise made to the people of south Manchester that in return for voting to join the city in 1904, the Corporation would provide purpose built libraries.*
But they were a little slow in coming.
|The library in the 1920s|
It was “furnished with a thousand carefully selected volumes for use in the library and home reading,.............. a good selection of magazines is placed in a separate reading room [and] a special feature of the new library is the provision of a room for meetings of Home Reading Union circles and similar organisations.”
|The library in 2012|
In an age which has seen libraries add computers to the resources available to the user it is perhaps surprising that the Lord Mayor in opening the library nearly 100 years ago.
It was one of those funded by Andrew Carnegie but more of him elsewhere on the blog.
Pictures; the opening from the Manchester Courier, November 5 1914, courtesy of Sally Dervan, the library in the 1920s from the Lloyd collection and the entrance today from the collection of Andrew Simpson
*Chorlton's libraries, http://chorltonhistory.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Chorlton%27s%20libraries