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Kendal Library

We welcome Kendal Library as one of our venues this year. This is from the fantastic support of Cumbria County Council. 

Kendal Library has one of the largest collection of Mountain Literature in the UK.

Cumbria Library Service is proud of the Mountaineering Collection which is permanently housed in Kendal Library. It is appropriate that its’ home is within sight of the Lakeland Fells that have been the inspiration for so many climbers and mountaineers.

The collection itself owes much to the vision of Brian Read, former Librarian of Barrow who compiled a bibliography and introductory survey of mountaineering literature during the 1970’s. Using this as a working guide the collection has grown into one of the largest of its kind within a public Library. Whether your interest is in Scotland or the Alps, Himalaya or Pyrenees there will be something for you amongst the shelves.

Our earliest texts go back to the mid 19thcentury and include such gems as J.D. Forbes ‘The Alps of Savoy’, J.D Hooker ‘Himalayan Journals and Douglas Freshfield’s ‘Exploration of the Caucasus.’ The early expeditions to Everest are comprehensive and the collection also includes a wide selection of memoirs, journals and general narratives.

Most of the books can be borrowed but the journals remain reference only. You can check what titles are in the collection by entering ‘Mountaineering Collection as a search term on our online catalogue.

Kendal Library opening Hours:

Monday 09.30 – 17.00

Tuesday 09.30 – 17.00

Wednesday 09.30 – 19.00

Thursday 09.30 – 13.00

Friday 09.30 – 17.00

Saturday 09.30 – 16.00

The main entrance is opposite the Westmorland Shopping Centre on the corner of Library Road and Stricklandgate. 

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