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 subsequenbtly opened by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Halsbury, on 24 November 1897.
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
- "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