Dulwich Library

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Dulwich Library
2004, Library frontage
Country England
Type Public
Location 368 Lordship Lane
Access and use
Population served 22,000 visitors a month
Website Official 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 subsequenbtly opened by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Halsbury, on 24 November 1897.[3]

Library facilities[edit]


The ground floor houses the main library collection and a managed children's library area. The first floor houses the reference library, study area (equipped with PCs for internet access) and events hall.


  • Free Wi-Fi and PC internet access
  • Photocopying facilities
  • A comprehensive collection of music CDs, including the largest collection of classical CDs in Southwark, as well as the borough's collection of music scores


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 

External links[edit]

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