Carnegie Library is a beautiful historic building and a well-loved local landmark. It is Listed Grade 2 as a fine example of Edwardian civic architecture. A conservation strategy is in place. As a first stage we commissioned a Conservation Statement (also known as a Statement of Significance) to guide and inform the development of the building, and its future conservation and management. That Statement will in due course be followed by a Conservation Management Plan (also known as a Conservation Plan).
The Conservation Statement was prepared by Kathryn Sather Associates, a national consultancy in conservation, with an outstanding reputation. It examines the heritage, why it is significant, what the heritage risks and opportunities are, and how the building should be cared for. The report is integrated and holistic and includes information about all the different kinds of heritage on the site and why they are important. It covers all areas of the building except the flats in the south wing.