2004, Library frontage
|Location||368 Lordship Lane|
|Access and use|
|Population served||22,000 visitors a month|
The library was designed by Charles Barry Jr. in his capacity as architect and surveyor to Dulwich College, who donated the site on which the library stands. It was built as a memorial to the Elizabethan actor Edward Alleyn, the founder of Dulwich College and Alleyn's School. The foundation stone of the library was laid by the prominent actor Henry Irving on 24 September 1896, and the library was subsequently opened by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Halsbury, on 24 November 1897.
- "Dulwich Public Library". The Times. 26 November 1897. p. 3.
The first library in the parish [Camberwell] was opened in 1890, and there are now, including the Dulwich Library, which was opened on Wednesday afternoon, a central and four branch libraries.External link in
- Historic England, "Dulwich Library (1430885)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 14 December 2017