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Our Story

The James Reckitt Library Trust was established as an independent charitable trust in 1892 by the pioneering industrialist and philanthropist, Sir James Reckitt. Libraries were one of his passions - he founded the first free public library in the city.

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Our Projects

The projects and activities we fund are designed to stimulate a love of learning, to encourage those who may not normally use public library services to do so, and to raise awareness of what modern public libraries can offer - everything AND the books.

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Upcoming Events

📝 The 2019 BBC National Short Story Award is open for submissions – with a first prize of £15,000 💶