Ian Dewhirst was the Reference Librarian in Keighley Library from 1967 until his retirement in 1991. Here are images of him doing a talk in 2015 and working in the library at the start of his career in Keighley.
Keighley Public Library has the distinction of being the first in England substantially paid for by the Scots-born American industrialist Andrew Carnegie. The Borough council was to provide the site and adopt the Free Libraries Act. An architectural competition was held and the design of McKewan and Swann of Manchester was chosen. The design of the building was described as ‘Edwardian Free Style with Art and Craft influence which presages future 20th century developments in architecture more than it reflects 19th century eclecticism.’ (Sarr 1980)