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London Public Library

Opened 26 November 1895


London Romanesque style exterior and entrance, no date

The first permanent public library in London was designed by Herbert Matthews. It was completed and opened in 1895, then enlarged in 1903. The exterior was finished in Milton red pressed brick and the roof was covered in red slate.

Main floor: reading rooms, reference and circulating departments, librarian's office, stack room.

Cost: approximately $14,450 (building); $1,600 (furnishings)

Source: London Public Library

Another view (Source: National Archives of Canada, PA-32789, no date)

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