Barry Council Office and Library
The original building housed the town hall (opened 1908) and Carnegie library (opened 1906). The architects were C.E. Hutchinson and E. Harding Payne of London, who won an architectural competition to design the building, in 1903. A further expansion to the rear of the new building was planned, but never executed.
The first lending library in Barry was opened in 1890, at 144 Holton Road. It later moved to a three-storey house on the Square, with the ground floor used as a reading room, the lending library on the second floor and caretaker's rooms on the top floor. In 1903 the Council applied to the Andrew Carnegie Trust for a grant to enable a public library to be built. A grant of £8,000 was awarded, and the library was opened by the Earl of Plymouth on 1 March 1906.
The library was moved to the Leisure Centre in 2001, to allow the refurbishment of the Town Hall and Library buildings. In 2003 the building was restored and a new wing was provided for the library. The new library was opened on 4 January 2007. This was the first new county library to be opened in Wales for 10 years.
The redevelopment of the former town hall building cost £371,000, £124,000 more than had been set aside, the increased cost sparked an inquiry in February 2008.
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- "FROM THE ARCHIVES: Barry's town hall remains unfinished", Barry and District News, 11 May 2017. Retrieved 2017-08-15.
- Restoration of Barry Town Hall, John Weaver Contractors. Retrieved 2017-08-15.
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- Peter Collins (2008-02-15). "Inquiry into cost of new Barry library". South Wales Echo.