The Garrison Library was founded in Gibraltar in 1793 by Captain (later Colonel) John Drinkwater Bethune.HistoryConstructed on the site of the Governors’ residence during the Spanish occupation of Gibraltar, the library was officially opened in 1804 by the Duke of Kent. In 1823 the library's fees were "100 hard dollars" which was paid by the 150 proprietors of the "Commercial Library". Each proprietor was entitled to borrow one large or three smaller books or an entire set of a novel for one to two weeks. In exchange they had to also pay 16 dollars per year. This was a commercial affair and membership of the library could be bought or sold. The thirteen members of the committee were elected annually and the library was to be open seven days a week with both winter and summer hours.The library served as the headquarters and archive service of the Gibraltar Chronicle, the world's second oldest English language newspaper. The Library was established for and by the officers of the Garrison of Gibraltar. It has remained a private entity run by a Trust for over two hundred years up until, September 2011, at which point the Library was transferred to the Government of Gibraltar.DescriptionThe Garrison is a library of 45,000 books, including many rare volumes. This library exists to hold the collection which includes good coverage of the subjects of culture and travel. The library was started to occupy officers stationed in Gibraltar. It has an excellent local history collection. Many lithographs and art prints are held here and many of the furnishings have interesting historical backgrounds.Use our Gibraltar online holiday builder to visit Garrison Library on your trip to Gibraltar, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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The Garrison Library is an amazing and delightful survival in an atmospheric colonial building beautifully preserved and presented. But wait! There's more - it is also a perfectly functional and... more »
Decided to go on the guided tour on the last day of our visit. An absolute joy. The place is an architectural joy with the glass fronted cabinets containing an untapped plethora of historical... more »
Extremely disappointing and wasted hours of travel for very poorly communicated opening hours in small print on website, which was contrary to Google listing information. Tried to call to clarify, no one answered. They REALLY need to update Google to state they shut at 2.30pm in the summer. This isn’t good enough for a public building.
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