Rawtenstall Library

Rawtenstall Library
Queens Square



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Rawtenstall Library was opened in 1906 and the official opening in 1907 was attended by Andrew Carnegie, who paid for the library to be built.

The library was designed as part of a larger civic complex for the town but it was never completed. It was one of the first public libraries in the country to open with open-access to the books on the shelves. The library was operated by Rawtenstall Borough until 1974.

Rawtenstall Library is live on the People's Network. It has 20 PCs connected to the People's Network.

public wi-fi available - please contact the library for details.

Venue Type:


Opening hours

Monday9:00 - 19:30 Tuesday9:00 - 17:00 Wednesday9:00 - 13:00 Thursday9:00 - 19:30 Friday9:00 - 17:00 Saturday9:00 - 16:00 SundayClosed

Admission charges


Collection details

Literature, Social History

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

The Shoe Story

  • 16 May 2014 7:30-9:30pm

Talk by Peter Dunn on the history of the footwear industry in Rossendale, with accompanying display. Peter's talk will be complemented by artefacts donated by members of the Rossendale public and their stories and memories. The Rossendale Heritage Footwear Project has been collecting local people's stories and memories of working in the footwear industry in Rossendale and this talk will share their findings.

Suitable for

  • Any age

The Shoe Trail

  • 17 May 2014 2-6pm

Interactive walk including a tour of sites associated with the local footwear industry including a visit to Lambert Howarth's factory and refreshments in the tea room. Guided by Victor Marcinkiewicz and Linda Doody. Plus there is a workshop for children to design and make their own shoes in the library.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly