Tuesday, 6 May 2014
The Side of Hyde Library
The foundation stone for Hyde Library was laid in 1897 by Elizabeth Ashton and the building was opened in 1899 by Letitia Mary Ashton as Hyde Technical School and Free Library.
See the foundation stones on Old Hyde.
It replaced the former Mechanics Institute.
The car park at the side is on the site of the former Hyde Swimming Baths.
I posted about the library in January 2014 and published further photographs of the library on Hyde DP Xtra.
I reported then that whilst in the first round of "council austerity cuts" the public were presented with three "choices" regarding the future of library services. Smaller local libraries were closed in the light of promised improved facilities at main libraries such as Hyde, but now, in a new round of service cuts, the proposal is to move services to the Town Hall and then sell the library building.
An e-petition opposed to those plans can be found at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/62460.
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