Plans for Lordshill Library were drawn up in 1974 and the library building was completed in 1977. Unfortunately, because the County Council had no money for books or staff, the library could not be opened immediately. Instead, the building was used as a meeting hall and for church services. The library was eventually opened in July 1978.
This picture, photographed when on display in the library in 2016, shows the library in its very early days:
These pictures are of the library in 2016:
‘The Development of Public Libraries in Southampton, 1887-1921’, by Richard Preston in Southampton Local History Forum Journal, no. 15, Summer 2009, p3-22. (HS/h)
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