Dulwich Library

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Dulwich Library
2004, Library frontage
Location368 Lordship Lane
Access and use
Population served22,000 visitors a month
WebsiteOfficial website

Dulwich Library opened on 24 November 1897.[1] It is an example of a Passmore Edwards library [2] and is located at No. 368 Lordship Lane in East Dulwich, southeast London, England.

The Library is managed by Southwark Council. The library has been listed Grade II on the National Heritage List for England since March 2016.[3]

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.[3]


The library was opened on 24 November 1897 after the site was donated by Dulwich College. The library opened with a stock of 10,152 books.[1]


  1. ^ a b "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 |newspaper= (help)
  2. ^ http://www.passmoreedwards.org.uk/pages/Libraries/Dulwich.htm
  3. ^ a b Historic England, "Dulwich Library (1430885)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 14 December 2017

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Coordinates: 51°26′56″N 0°04′29″W / 51.4489°N 0.0746°W / 51.4489; -0.0746