Burngreave Library celebrates 150 years

The Burngreave Library team celebrate 150 years
The Burngreave Library team celebrate 150 years

On Friday 9th September, Burngreave Library celebrated its 150th birthday.

Writing on Facebook, the team at the library posted:

“Happy birthday to us! On Friday 9th September, Burngreave Library will be 150 yrs old!

“The library first opened on 9th Sept 1872 on Gower Street (now Al-Rahman mosque) as Sheffield’s 3rd library after Central Library and Upperthorpe. The library moved to it’s purpose built home on Spital Hill (now Burngreave Foodbank) in 1990 before moving to our current home in Sorby House in 2014. Burngreave Library became volunteer-run in October 2015.

“Thank you to all the fab volunteers who have helped keep Burngreave library open for the past seven years! Thanks also to Sheffield Libraries and SOAR and all our wonderful library users.”

According to Reading Sheffield posting on Twitter, Burngreave Library is the first purpose-built public library building in Sheffield. You can find out more about the history of Burngreave Library and read an account of the library’s earliest days from back when it was known as Brightside on the Reading Sheffield website:

In the year 1873

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