History of the Benwell Library
Riverside Community Health Project are delighted and proud to provide the delivery of services
to the community of the West End of Newcastle, maintaining the values which were evident
when the Carnegie building was opened over one hundred years ago, in 1909.
Benwell Library was built on gifted land, with a gift of £5000, costing £4966 4 pence, as the town of Benwell reached a population of 20,000, people living in terraced houses running down the slopes between the West Road and Scotswood Road.
The library enabled the public to access learning through books and current news from the newspapers – the internet of the times! Benwell library was the first library to allow visitors to handle and choose their own books.
The twentieth century saw many changes in the communities and their needs, therefore it is with gratitude we look to the authorities who have taken decisions over the years to allow changes to be implemented, allowing those needs to be served stilltoday.
Our aim is to further improve the Carnegie Building so that it continues to be a vibrant community hub and be sustainable in the future.