Standing at Alfred Park, the Public Library was opened as a
memorial to the friendship of Lord Thornhill, the then Commissioner of
Allahabad and Mr, Mayne, the then
Collector. It was called the 'Thornhill and Mayne Memorial'.
Designed by R. Roskell Bayne, the Public Library is a remarkable example of Gothic style of architecture. The memorial has a lofty tower and arcaded cloisters. In 1879, the library was shifted to the present premises at Alfred Park. It has about 75,000 books, besides a treasure trove of manuscripts and journals.