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As we continue to fight to save our local public library, which turned 80 years old last week, I’ve been thinking a lot about the lifecycle of libraries and how they change over time, and what happens when they’re gone.
Among other things, this has led me to visit several “ghost” libraries – buildings originally built as libraries, but which no longer house libraries, either because they’ve been moved to new buildings or simply because the library has been closed and lost entirely to its community.
Hunting for these “ghosts” has been meditative and moving. I can’t help but wonder what books were read and borrowed, what lives were changed as a result of these former libraries.
Although there was a sign on the building suggesting that it is now used as an religious school for girls, it didn’t look like the building was in use.
As far as I could tell, judging by what I could see in the window sills, this building is currently used as flats.
This former library building now houses a pre-school nursery.
This building is now an events space for hire and is often used for weddings!
This building now house the local registrar’s office (births, marriages, deaths).
This building is now used as a religious complex, with a place of worship and other facilities.
This former library is now a private home.
If you enjoyed these pictures, you may be interested in this website too: The Carnegie Legacy in England
You might also enjoy the pictures of the (living) libraries we visited as part of sponsored librarithon a few years’ back.
And I can’t leave the post without a book recommendation. This is just delightful:
Older children might also enjoy:
The Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs (the 3rd novel in the Miss Peregrine series).
If you’ve any “ghost” libraries near you, I’d love to hear about them.
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