Carnegie Community Trust CIO
Carnegie Library on Herne Hill Road was financed by Scottish philanthropist Andrew Carnegie and opened in 1906. This lovely large Edwardian building, listed Grade 2, remains the jewel in Herne Hill’s architectural crown. Today, however, it is too big for the lending library, and too expensive for Lambeth Council to maintain. So in 2012 a Project Group of local people (including the Friends of Carnegie Library) was formed with Council support to develop a proposal to convert the building for new uses. In 2015 that project group was incorporated into a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) and registered with the Charity Commission. A lending library will remain in the new community hub, which will also host other educational, enterprise, performance and community activities, and provide services for local people of all ages and backgrounds. It is a certainty, however, that the building must operate without public subsidy; so a certain amount of space will need to be offered as rental space. If, in the future, enough income is generated from general activities it may be possible to return some of the rental space to community use.
The aim is to create a hub where everyone in Herne Hill will find something for them. If you would like to join us, have experience, local knowledge or skills to offer, or wish to show support or just to receive updates, do please get in touch:
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