In the mid 19th century Henry Vizard funded the establishment of the National Schools behind the Parish Church and at the same time decreed that part of one of the cottages on the site be used as a library or book depository for the benefit of the residents of Dursley, to be run according to the rules of the National Society and the S.P.C.K. He also provided £70 to buy books.
Early in the 20th century library services in Dursley were provided by George E. Page in Long Street. He advertised himself as "Bookseller, Stationer, Newsagent and Fancy Goods Dealer" but also ran a "Circulating Library - in Connection with Mudie's, London". New books were available every month and could be subscribed for at a cost of 3d per week.
In 1936 a purpose built library, designed by R.S. Phillips, was opened in May Lane. It cost around £1000 and originally held about 2500 books. After a life of almost 70 years, the days of this library came to an end when it was demolished in February 2005 and replaced with a modern design on the same site. This new building, of metal and glass construction, opened for the first time a year later in February 2006 and the face of May Lane took on an altogether different appearance.
The link below shows some fascinating timelapse footage of the new library construction. This video, by Declan Smith, was filmed over the course of a year.
An additional video, again filmed by Declan Smith, shows various interviews taken at the library opening ceremony.