A part-time service was run between 1922 and 1939 from St. Martin Church Hall, 19 Brook Road, Bitterne. The district has been served subsequently by the Cobbett Road Library, opened in 1939 (see below), and Eastern Library which was officially opened in September 1963. Built to serve the existing Bitterne community and the fast expanding Harefield and Thornhill areas, Eastern Library was the first permanent library to be built after the World War Two. It has since been renamed Bitterne Library.

Eastern Library

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Photograph, 1982

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Further reading:

‘The Development of Public Libraries in Southampton, 1887-1921’, by Richard Preston in Southampton Local History Forum Journal, no. 15, Summer 2009, p 1-20. (HS/h)


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