A plain and simple facade. Representative of the community I would suppose. I presume a Reading Room would be the same as a public library here in the States.
Hope you saw my comments left at your Flickr site. Nice to know we're 'neighbors' there. Like It?
Indeed I'm sure public library it almost certainly was - possibly for both books and newspapers - expensive for many when the place was built. I'm not sure if it is still in use - having never seen it open on many visits to the village - (the village has a exhibition/working windmill - still grinding grain to make flour )