NS3975 : Dumbarton Public Library

taken 4 years ago, near to Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

This is 1 of 3 images, with title Dumbarton Public Library in this square
Dumbarton Public Library
Dumbarton Public Library
For earlier pictures and for architectural information, see NS3975 : Dumbarton Public Library and NS3975 : Dumbarton public library. See also NS3975 : Old stone, Dumbarton Library, a feature incorporated in the extension (specifically, in relation to the present picture, the detail is from the right-hand side of the building).

For a closer look at some other details, see NS3975 : Dumbarton Public Library: detail and NS3975 : Dumbarton Public Library: date stone.

The library as an institution pre-dates this building. According to a local history factsheet, premises were first found in Heggie's Buildings (see the last part of my description of NS3975 : The former Burton's building for comments on its location); the library later moved to a more suitable site in the William Denny Memorial Institute on Church Street, opening there in 1892.

From the Denny Institute, the library would next move to its current home, the building shown in the present picture. Just inside and to the right of the entrance is a panel with information about the building:

"Dumbarton Public Library
This building was the gift of
Andrew Carnegie LL.D.
Opened 26th Sept 1910."

(The factsheet just mentioned states that it opened to the public on the 30th of September 1910.)

Facing that panel (inside and just to the left of the entrance) is one with a list of conveners:

Dumbarton Public Library

1881 Archibald Robertson
1887 John Rankin
1891 Rev W Stevens D.D.
1901 Wm H Henderson
1913 Peter Thomson
1937 Robert McArthur
1950 Fergus Roberts
1962 I.M.M.MacPhail M.A., Ph.D.
1974 D Lynch J.P., C.Eng., D.R.T.C.
Dumbarton Public Library

As an institution, Dumbarton's Public Library dates from 1881. It was originally based in the old Abstainer's Hall in Heggie's Buildings (High Street). Outgrowing this, it moved to the ground floor of the William Denny Institute (Church Street). It then moved to the present-day building; the gift of Andrew Carnegie, it opened in 1910. An extension was built in 196869 at the urging of Burgh Librarian William Martin.

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Thursday, 21 June, 2018   (more nearby)
Monday, 23 July, 2018
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Andrew Carnegie 
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