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Reading Garden

The Carnegie Library is one of the few libraries in London to have a dedicated, quiet, and secluded outdoor space to facilitate a peaceful and relaxing reading experience. Join in the lull of the wind in the trees, the birdsong, and the ambience on one of the garden benches, smoke a pipe even, while reading the daily papers.

The Wildlife and Reading Garden's History

In 2007 Lambeth Libraries, in partnership with the Friends of Carnegie Library and Lambeth Parks, were awarded a grant from the Breathing Places Big Lottery Fund to create a ‘Reading Garden’ at Carnegie Library.Garden Frog

This ambitious project, which opened up the currently unused garden at the back of the library for storytelling, reading, and quiet contemplation, was launched on 7 July 2007 by Jeffrey Doorn from the Friends of Carnegie Library. He was joined at the launch by Library Manager, Laura Chrysostomou, Dr Ian Boulton, Lambeth Bio-diversity Officer, and support was given by author and restaurant critic, Jay Rayner.

With the help of volunteers the first phase of the project, to clear the ground and prune back the overgrown shrubs, was successfully completed. Following structural work the garden was opened to the public on 3 May 2008 by the Mayor of Lambeth, one year from the beginning of the project.  The garden holds events, a gardening club for children, and a sensory garden with Braille signing.

Free WiFi

Throughout the library you'll find your laptop, phone, or tablet has access to the internet. To use it, simply select Carnegie-Public from the available WiFi providers:

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...then open your browser, enter the library borrower number from your library card and PIN into the respective fields:

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...then surf away to your heart's content. Do let library staff know if you have any issues.

 

Become a Friend


"Join the Friends"


Joining us will help in our campaign to reinstate Carnegie Library for the community.

Becoming a member is easy; simply download a membership form here and return it to us by post.

Alternatively, please fill in a Standing Order mandate for your bank to make payment to our account number 65651232, sort code 08-92-99. Please send us an email to tell us (foclmembers@gmail.com). You can also pay by Paypal:




The Friends of Carnegie Library was formed in 1999 to campaign against closure, revitalise the library, and raise its profile within the local area. Your donation will allow us to continue campaigning to improve library facilities and increase community involvement in this beautiful Grade II listed building. By joining the Friends you will receive:

  • A quarterly newsletter delivered to your letterbox or email inbox
  • Involvement in your local community
  • A voice at our AGM in March