Basic Site Details

Name: Falkirk Public Library
Town, district or village: Falkirk
City or county: Stirlingshire
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Competition assessed by George Washington Browne. 8 entrants in total. Cost: £4,500-£5,000. Carnegie donated £3,000 toward the cost and the Town Council provided the site.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Carnegie Library  

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Library  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1Hope StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 41900  Competition
Item 2 of 412 August 1900 Foundation stone 
Item 3 of 41902 Opened 
Item 4 of 419911992AdditionNorth addition


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 8William Malcolm ScottArchitect 1900 Third premiated competition design (£15 premium)
Item 2 of 8David McArthyArchitectA1900 Won competition and secured job
Item 3 of 8John WatsonArchitectA1900 Won competition and secured job
Item 4 of 8McArthy & WatsonArchitectural practiceA1900 Won competition and secured job
Item 5 of 8Henry ('Harry') Ramsay TaylorArchitectB1900 Second premiated competition design (£25 premium)
Item 6 of 8James LesselsArchitectB1900 Second premiated competition design (£25 premium)
Item 7 of 8James Lessels and Harry Ramsay TaylorArchitectural practiceB1900 Second premiated competition design (£25 premium)
Item 8 of 8Falkirk District Council, Architect's DepartmentArchitectural Department (New Towns etc)A19911992N addition


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 4Gifford, John and Walker, Frank Arneil2002Stirling and Central Scotland (The Buildings of Scotland) New Haven and London: Yale University Pressp472
Item 2 of 4Harper, Roger H1983Victorian Architectural Competitions: An Index to British and Irish Architectural Competitions… London: Mansell Publishing 
Item 3 of 4RSA1901   795
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Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4British Architect17 August 1900  Illustration
Item 2 of 4British Architect18 October 1901  p286
Item 3 of 4BuilderEarly 1900LXXVIII p466
Item 4 of 4Builder19 October 1901  p336

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register31201 
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers David McArthy: L v19 no1431