Carnegie Library, Battle, Reading, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member JuliaMC
N 51° 27.459 W 000° 59.966
30U E 638987 N 5702617
Quick Description: Public library funded by Andrew Carnegie
Location: United Kingdom
Date Posted: 8/31/2008 7:45:03 AM
Waymark Code: WM4JGX
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
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Long Description:
Battle was the first library to be built by Reading Borough. A striking structure, funded in part by Andrew Carnegie, Battle has provided a unique landmark for the local community since 1908 and is a grade II listed building. It has always played an important part in the lives of local residents, serving as a hospital in WWI and as an air raid depot in WWII. Today Battle library provides a venue for various activities and organisations such as Baby Clinic run in partnership with Reading Primary Care Trust and ESOL classes run by Reading Adult College. [taken from their website].
They recently celebrated their centenary, and there was evidence around the library of the displays they created for that - lots of drawings by local schoolchildren. They have been succesful in a bid for funding, and are about to embark on plans to refurbish the library. It will keep the architectural features and a new community garden will be created.
Address of Library Building:
420 Oxford Road
Reading, Berkshire UK
RG30 1EE


Current Use of Building: Library

Year Built (optional): 1908

Website about building: [Web Link]

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