Friends of Carnegie Library

Friends of Carnegie Library

Friends of Carnegie Library
56 Frankfurt Road
London SE24 9NY


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Formed in 1999, our aims are:

  • To protect Andrew Carnegie’s gift of a free public library on Herne Hill Road, including leading a vigorous campaign to prevent closure.
  • To revitalise the Carnegie Library in Herne Hill Road and raise its profile within Lambeth, the Southwark catchment area and beyond.
  • To liaise with Friends of Lambeth Libraries and other library friends groups working to save and promote local libraries.

Activities include tea & homemade cake stall the first Saturday afternoon of the month, special events like our annual Winter Fair and commemorations ranging from a celebration of Shakespeare’s birthday to parties for the anniversary of the library’s opening in July 1906.

Over the years we have participated in Open House London, Make a Difference Day and Open Garden Squares Weekend. We arranged for installation of directional street signs to the library, and obtained funding to enhance the entrance lobby and provide more comfortable seating within.

The Friends are a voluntary group, not associated with any political party.  Annual membership is £3.00 for individuals or £5.00 per household, £1.00 minimum.  While we have no website, we produce regular newsletters for members.  Join and help ensure the library’s future.