The Library was built in 1896 by Thomas Shelmerdine, Liverpool Corporation's prolific Architect and Surveyor, and is constructed of brick and stone with a tiled roof on a triangular shaped site. The building is in an eclectic Jacobean/Arts and Crafts style and is grade 2 listed. It is a distinctive landmark on the brow of the hill, with an ornamental octagonal corner turret at the corner of St Domingo Road/Beacon Lane. The two-storey building has a substantial basement, originally used for craft classes, and a roof terrace commanding spectacular views of the Mersey Estuary and towards Blackpool and the Pennines.
Heritage Works Buildings Preservation Trust in partnership with Hope Street Ltd and Liverpool City Council has received initial support including £284,400 development funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Jewel on the Hill project, to help progress detailed plans towards the application for a full grant. This funding will allow a development stage to run from July 2012 until Autumn 2013 when the full grant application will be submitted and other matched funding sought towards what will be a £5 million project. If all is successful the building will be fully back in use by Autumn 2016.
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 11:55
posted by Trish Chester
So glad the Library survived the ravages of demolition. I recall a proud moment when my team from Heyworth St Primary school won the School Quiz competition held at the library (probably 1962). Another time were treated to a showing of the film Moby Dick.
"Tea will be ready soon kids ~ just got to finish this chapter...." was a familiar story in our house! Escapism was required in the slums of Everton. I would be dispatched weekly to the Historical / Romantic fiction sections to bring a book home for my mum along with my Blyton's and later Bronte's.
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 15:48
I grew up believing that I was the youngest child ever to be allowed to join Everton Library. Back in the early 1960's we lived in St Domingo Vale. My father taught me to read and write before I went to school, and at the age of four he took me to join Everton Library.
The librarian took one look at me standing there in my 'Milky Bar Kid' NHS glasses and told my father that I was too young to join, as the minimum age was seven. My father wouldn't accept that and asked if I could join. The librarian said that I could join if I could sign my name, which I duly did.
I have a clear memory of the first book that I borrowed, which was Dr Seuss' 'The Cat in the Hat' I think I picked it more for the pictures than the words, which were easy, even for a four year old. I remember reading the whole thing in about ten minutes and asking my father if I could go back for another one. Having just walked up and down Mere Lane, I don't think he fancied doing it again, so I had to wait a while until I got my second book.
I still believe that I was very probably the youngest member of that library, but I'll probably never know!!
Thursday, 15 August 2013 11:45
posted by Beau Wilkes
My dad used to take me here when I was a boy. It was a excellent local library.
I seem to remember they had a fantastic set of watercolours, all framed and hanging on the shelf ends, of Everton when it was a village. I often wonder what happened to them.
Going to this library gave me my love of books and reading. Some much so I became a librarian.
I live and work in Somerset now but still visit regularly.
Best wish for the success of your site.
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