Holborn Library


Holborn Library was designed by Sydney Cook, the grandfather of Rupert Cook, and opened to the public in 1960. With its glazed front, English Heritage have described the building as "a milestone in the history of the modern public library". Sydney Cook was both Holborn and Camden's Borough Architect and lead a widely praised housing programme which included the Alexandra Road, Branch Hill and Highgate New Town estates.

Having recently moved to our new Bloomsbury Studio, located minutes away from Holborn Library, MCMa were given a tour around the building by Tudor Allen, the Local Studies and Archives Manager. Tudor was very knowledgeable and engaging and he showed us a collection of old library photographs, drawings and various other memorabilia.