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The Old Library

Since 1905, The Old Library has been a symbol of hope in L13.

Funded by wealthy philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, this iconic building was donated to the people of Liverpool as a safe space for learning and served four generations as a much-loved local library until it closed & fell into disrepair in 2006.

With so many fond memories of The Old Library, local charity Lister Steps knew this special building was an important part of our community’s shared heritage and in 2012, we embarked on the long journey to bring it back to life.

Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and support from Liverpool City Council, we have repaired, restored & re-designed the building into a multi-use venue for events, learning and fun.

We are proud to call The Old Library our new home and thrilled to welcome you back through its doors.

A Student Photographer’s Journey with Lister Steps

Over the past few months we have been working closely with student photographer Jennifer Murray on capturing The Old Library at it's best as part of one of her modules.   A big thank you to our Family History Research Group and Rejuvenate Wellbeing CIC yoga class for...

Heritage Open Day – September 2023

Lister Steps at The Old Library is taking part in Heritage Open Days latest project - New Wave, which helps to engage young people in heritage projects such as ourselves. This year a group of young people have been working together to design and deliver this year's...

Summer Events this August

Summer is here, and so are the hottest events in town! Get ready for a August filled with laughter, music, and excitement at The Old Library. We've prepared a scorching lineup of events that will bring joy to families and friends alike. Mark your calendars and join us...

Volunteers needed!

From small beginnings, with local parents setting up a place for kids after school and Nursey provision, Lister Steps has grown to become a vibrant Community Hub, in an award winning beautifully restored Carnegie Library Building in Old Swan/Tuebrook. We have begun to...

Lister Steps X New Wave Project

We are coming close to closing applications for the New Wave project that allows people 18-25 to get involved and run a project with Lister Steps at The Old Library. The project is being run by Heritage Open Days across England to engage young people with more...

Solidarity Disco Banquet with Squash Liverpool

On Saturday 7th May, we had the absolute pleasure to host a Solidarity Disco Banquet with Squash Liverpool CIC. The Solidarity Disco Banquet events are super-friendly and fun gatherings, full of music, singing, cooking, disco-dancing and eating, taking place in the...

May Event Highlights: Bingo, Quiz, and Jazz Nights

This May, don't miss our exciting weekly events at our venue, perfect for friends and family! Join us on May 12th for Bingo Night, where you can compete for fantastic prizes and enjoy an evening filled with laughter. Doors open at 6:30PM, and the fun begins at 7:15PM....

Meet our new Community Engagement Manager!

In June we welcomed our new Community Engagement Manager Holly. Holly has joined us with experience in Community Outreach work and a Social Policy and Crime degree from the University of Leeds. She is excited to continue her fabulous work at The Old Library so please...

Join the Board of Trustees at The Old Library

Would you or somebody you know be interested in joining our Board of Trustees at Lister Steps? Lister Steps was set up in 1997 by parents for parents to address the need for community services and affordable childcare in Tuebrook.  We take pride in our 24 year history...

Volunteer in The Old Library cafe

We’re looking for volunteers to help us keep everybody fed and watered in The Old Library café as we finally open up to the public! You'll provide a friendly welcome for visitors to The Old Library, as well as helping kitchen staff to serve food and drink to customers...

The Old Library

Green Lane
L13 7EB