Lister Steps Carnegie Community Hub Newsletter

Summer 2014
Welcome to the first Lister Steps Carnegie Community Hub newsletter!

We aim to produce regular newsletters throughout the development phase of the project to keep you updated with news, events and the status of the library building.

You can also visit our website our Facebook page and our Twitter account for regular updates.

We really appreciate your support and input so please keep in touch.
The story so far........

Lister Steps, have secured initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund to regenerate the Grade II listed former West Derby Carnegie Library on Lister Drive in Tuebrook, Liverpool.

Read about the Heritage Lottery Fund bid here:

The West Derby Carnegie Library, known locally as Lister Drive Library, was established with funding from an Andrew Carnegie grant, and opened in 1905.  The library is a one-storey brick built structure with stone dressings, a slate roof and an octagonal turret.  It was designed by Liverpool Corporation architect Thomas Shelmerdine who was responsible for a number of Liverpool’s libraries.  The library originally contained a lending library and a number of reading rooms.  Sadly, following health and safety concerns, the library closed in 2006 and has remained vacant since.  This period of un-occupation has resulted in the library being subject to theft, vandalism and neglect.  Items stolen from the library include lead flashings, the glazing to roof lights and feature ridge tiles.  There has been substantial rainwater ingress which has severely damaged the timber structure and internal decorative plasterwork and joinery and dry rot is common throughout the building.

The ‘Lister Steps Carnegie Community Hub’ project is currently in its development phase (July 2014-July 2015), however once completed Lister Steps aim to relocate their existing childcare services into the building.  The regenerated building will also serve as a centre for community engagement, a ‘hub’ offering refreshments, activities and training opportunities for the local community and visitors.

Emergency holding works are due to begin in August 2014 to allow the building to dry out and breathe.  The holding works will include temporarily replacing windows with perforated metal sheets to aid ventilation.  The building will then require approximately eighteen months to ventilate prior to any capital works commencing.
Image taken facing South within the octagonal turret depicting the internal doors to the reading rooms
Image reproduced with kind permission of James sanderson
Community Consultations

We are in the process of organising a number of community consultation events which will take place throughout our development phase.  We would love you to join us at one, or all, of these events and share your thoughts, suggestions and opinions with us.  Your input will help to inform our Hub plans which will evolve following each consultation event.  

In the meantime, please complete our ongoing digital consultation survey at 
Here is the current proposed floor plan for the ground floor.  These plans were created following consultation with the community which took place prior to the development phase.  The plans will evolve following community consultations which are set to take place during the development phase.
Get involved

Lister Steps Carnegie Community Hub activities are supported by a skilled team of hardworking volunteers.   We are looking for new people to join the project during its development phase and we have a number of volunteer roles to suit a wide range of skills and interests.  You don't need experience in heritage to join us, just be enthusiastic and reliable!

We are currently looking for people to fill the following voluntary roles:
  • Lister Steps Carnegie Community Hub Champion
  • Lister Steps Carnegie Community Hub Researcher
  • Lister Steps Carnegie Community Hub Curator
  • Lister Steps Carnegie Community Hub Historian

Please visit our website for volunteer role descriptions

Do you have memories of the library?  We would love you to get in touch and share them with us.
Coming soon.......
The North-East facing elevation of the library, taken in 2012
Images taken within the North-East facing reading room depicting the original tiles and illustrating the mould situation
Here is the current proposed floor plan for the first floor.  
In the Media
The project has featured in a number of places since its development phase began including on the Hidden Liverpool Website
and in the Heritage Daily on-line newspaper on the Day of Archaeology Blog and on the Journal of Community Archaeology and Heritage Blog

Plus Eyedear Productions have produced a number of exciting films on the building and project for their series Tuebrook Explored:

Lister Steps

Lister Steps currently offer affordable, quality childcare for children ages 0-14+.  For an informal chat or to have a look around please call 0151 254 1394 or visit
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Our mailing address is:
Lister Steps, Old School Site, Lister Drive, Tuebrook, Liverpool, L13 7HH

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