Joseph Rowntree Memorial Library, Haxby Road

Joseph Rowntree started a library for employees in 1885 by donating £10 of his own money, raising £10 from another source, and docking a penny a week from workers’ pay. The Memorial Library was planned after Joseph’s death in 1925 and was opened in 1927.  The library, a Grade II listed Arts and Crafts building, is still visible on the Haxby Road.

The types of books in the collection are recorded each year in the Cocoa Works Magazine.  The library is an illustration of the services provided to the factory’s workforce.

The library underwent several alterations throughout the 20th-century, demonstrating a firm commitment to the reading interests of employees.

LibraryLibrary interior c.1960

2014-03-18 15.29.29Library interior c.1960