– Councillor Lib Peck, Leader of Lambeth Council
The library, donated to Lambeth by Scottish- American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, opened in 1906 and remains the jewel in Herne Hill’s architectural crown.
Today, however, it is too big for the library service; more than half of it will soon stand vacant. So a Project Group of local people, with Council support, is developing a proposal to convert the building for new uses. The library will remain as a council service at the heart of a new cultural and community facility that we hope will also house educational, artistic, musical, and community uses, and provide services for a wide range of people, including youth, seniors and young families.
We aim to create a hub where everyone in Herne Hill will find something that suits them. Lambeth has funded architects who have developed outline Options for the adaptation of the building. Watch out for details of an exhibition and meetings when these will be discussed. Your views are vital. We need to know what you think, and if what is proposed meets local needs.
The only certainty is that the building must operate without public subsidy; so a certain amount of space will need to be offered as high-quality rental space. After the consultation a final Preferred Option will be agreed, setting out what goes where and how we think we can fund it.