Coatbridge Library

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Coatbridge Public Library
Coatbridge Public Library in 2009
General information
Architectural style Beaux Arts
Town or city Coatbridge
Country Scotland
Design and construction
Architect Alexander Cullen

Coatbridge Library is a public library in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, Scotland. The building was designed by Alexander Cullen and built in 1905.[1] It is a Carnegie library; its construction was financed by money donated by the Scottish-American entrepreneur Andrew Carnegie. Carnegie officially opened the library on 7 June 1906 in person; he received the ceremonial freedom of burgh of Coatbridge in return.[2]

The building was category B listed by Historic Scotland in 1993. It is a large, two-storey building of pink Corsehill sandstone, in the Beaux-Arts style.[3] The design was chosen by competition.[4] Built on a steep hill on Academy Street, it has an imposing looming presence. The rear of the building can be seen on the Coatbridge skyline when approached from the west via the A89 road.

On 21 July 2010, Coatbridge Library moved its services to the newly built £18 million Buchanan Centre on the Coatbridge Main Street. Its new opening times are Monday - Friday 9am - 7pm and Saturday 9am - 4pm.[5]


Coordinates: 55°51′50″N 04°01′42″W / 55.86389°N 4.02833°W / 55.86389; -4.02833