Formed in 1999, the aims of the Friends of Carnegie Library are:

  • To protect Andrew Carnegie’s gift of a free public library on Herne Hill Road, including leading a vigorous campaign to prevent closure.
  • To revitalise the Carnegie Library in Herne Hill Road and raise its profile within Lambeth, the Southwark catchment area and beyond.
  • To liaise with Friends of Lambeth Libraries and other library friends groups working to save and promote local libraries.

Activities include special events like our annual Winter Fair, tea and homemade cake stall the first Saturday afternoon of the month, and commemorations ranging from a celebration of Shakespeare’s birthday to parties for the anniversary of the library’s opening in July 1906.

Over the years we have participated in Open House London, Make a Difference Day and Open Garden Squares Weekend. We arranged for the installation of directional street signs to the library, and obtained funding to enhance the entrance lobby and provide more comfortable seating within. And we need your help to keep the library open.

The Friends are a voluntary group, not associated with any political party.  Annual membership is £3.00 for individuals, £5.00 per household, or £1.00 for students, the unwaged, and over 60's.  We also produce regular newsletters for members.

To view our constitution click here

To join or renew:

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2014 AGM:  

Committee nomination form(drop into Friends' post tray)

Committee roles

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