The Grade II-listed Everton Library in Liverpool was built in 1896 by Thomas Shelmerdine.
When the impressive Everton Library opened in 1896 it was one of the earliest public libraries in Liverpool. It is Grade II listed on account of its architectural quality and its role in the development of Liverpool's public library service. Everton Library has not been in use since 1999, there have been two failed schemes to develop it, which have failed to even touch the building. In recent years, the library has suffered severe vandalism including lead theft, resulting in extensive water damage. It is vital that a building of such enormous quality in an area that has suffered so much is saved.
Christopher Costelloe, Director of the Victorian Society, said: ‘Liverpool is a city full of great district libraries, and Everton Library is probably the best. This fantastic building is a jewel, and the city can’t afford to lose it. The Florrie shows how buildings like this can be given new life.’