Levenshulme Old Library


Levenshulme Old Library is a historic Carnegie library building in the heart of Levenshulme, South Manchester. Levenshulme Library was first opened in 1904 as one of many Carnegie Free libraries, with an endowment of £2,500. £500 was raised locally via a ‘penny on the pound’ levied by the old Levenshulme Urban District Council. Since then it served as our local library until 2016, when a new library was opened as part of the new Arcadia Leisure Centre, following an active community campaign to retain a local library service. Notable users of the library include the famous architect Lord Foster, who has described how he first developed his love of architecture in the building.