Ohio Carnegie Libraries A - C

Part of:

Library Postcards: Civic Pride in a Lost America

3 of Dayton's public libraries

Ohio is traditionally considered to have the best public library service among the states. They certainly started off with a boatload of Carnegie grant money.

Note that the Dayton card (left) shows two Carnegie branch buildings plus its signature Romanesque main library.


Late 1901 grant. Built 1904.
Replaced in 1942. In use as lawyers' offices today.

Akron, OH Carnegie building Akron, OH Carnegie building Akron, OH Carnegie building Akron, OH Carnegie building

(L) Tuck 'Silverette' card, mailed in 1907.
(LC) Rotograph card, mailed in 1907.
(LR) Attractive C.T. American Art postcard, mailed in 1920. Maybe you can see the flower boxes flanking the steps into the building.
(R) Charming Albertype Christmas postcard is also attributed to Burch & Laraway.


The Red Carnation City.

Alliance, OH Carnegie Building (L) Unknown German postcard.
(R) Attractive German postcard from Rotograph of New York City. Evenly divided back: its stamp evaded cancellation.
Alliance, OH Carnegie Building

Replaced by Rodman Public Library in 1963. Demolished in 1974.

Two more cards can be seen on the Ohio Library Postcard page.


Amherst, OH Carnegie Building

Prior to 1906, library needs were met by reading rooms.
1904 brought a Carnegie grant. The original building was renovated in 1976.

Curt Teich 'American Art' card, mailed 1917. Didn't their retouchers make this building's setting beautiful?


Ashtabula, OH Carnegie Building The left hand card is copyright 1905 by the Rotograph Co., and mailed in 1906. It bears the frightening news, '...Bert is sick typhoid fever.' Not all was idyllic in the penny postcard world.
The right hand card, published by F.M. Kirby and made in Germany, was mailed in 1908.
Ashtabula, OH Carnegie Building
Ashtabula, OH Carnegie Building (L, below) Metropolitan News postcard, mailed in 1909.
(R, below) Curt Teich card, also featuring the high school.
Ashtabula, OH Carnegie Building

Built in 1903, this is a bit more Federal than many Carnegie libraries. Heavily damaged by a fire during an 1990 renovation, the building has returned to use.

The ACPL site only briefly alludes to the recovery help from Chicagoans, but I want to give the much-maligned columnist Bob Greene, formerly of the Chicago Tribune, his deserved respect. In his January 13, 1991 column he stated the extent of the damage, especially to the children's books.
Ashtabula had 4,000 books destroyed. Chicagoans responded by sending 30,000 books.


Bellefontaine, OH Carnegie building (L) Tinted card, with N.N. mark, mailed in 1911.
(R) Tinted Card, with two people sitting near the doorway. Mailed 1912.
Bellefontaine, OH Carnegie building

Now part of the Logan County District Library.

Early 1903 grant. Replaced by the Knowlton Library in 1994. Still standing - and beige - as of early 2008.


1903 grant: still in use, with a 1987 addition.

Bellevue, OH Carnegie building (L) From the F.S.H.P.C. Co., of Bellevue, Ohio. I seriously doubt the F.S.H. stands for follicle stimulating hormone.
(R) Delicate winter scene on a Curt Teich card, mailed in 1938.
Bellevue, OH Carnegie building
Bellevue, OH library study area It's so fun to find photo cards of both the interior and exterior of a Carnegie library.
(L) Product of the Leiter Post Card Company. Do you see the Sansevieria on the desk?
(R) J.H. Cave card. Except for the leaded glass window above the doors, this had to have been the plainest library in Ohio.
Bellevue, OH Carnegie building
Bellevue, OH Carnegie building (L) Curt Teich card, mailed in 1945. It's a lot older: its code puts it to 1913. One would think that some shopkeeper dragged some deadstock out as the war dragged on.


Bryan, OH Carnegie building The card on the left was mailed in 1914.
The card on the right is a Curt Teich 'C.T. American Art' postcard, 'Art' being the operative word here. I think Curt diverted a motel artist to his library accounts.
Bryan, OH Carnegie building
Bryan, OH Carnegie building (L) Pre-1907 building, unattributed and wedged into vertical format.
(R) The library's history page has this listed as a separate building, although the Dexter Press card has it captioned as 'Ruth Edwards Markey Children's Wing of the Bryan Public Library.' Plus, the photo of the Carnegie library on the WCPL site doesn't show a wing. Everyone agrees it was dedicated on May 25, 1963.
Ruth Edwards Markey Childrens Wing

Library first organized in 1882: now part of the Williams County Public Library.
Grant, 1903; built 1904; first addition in 1956; West annex, 2006.


Opened 1906. A 1989 addition enabled it to still be in use.

Bucyrus, OH Carnegie building Bucyrus, OH Carnegie building Bucyrus, OH Carnegie building Bucyrus, OH Carnegie building

The corner lot variant Carnegie building is not as common in the east as in the western United States.

(L) This Commercialchrome card has many details left by the retoucher, including a potted plant by the steps, and a group of bicyclists near the entry. Isn't leaving bikes in the walkway rather rude?
(LC) Building in stark solitude.
(RC) Now there's an old car parked a little too close to the intersection on the C.T. (Curt Teich) American Art Colored card.
Same plants, however!
(R) Post-1962 chrome card shows a mailbox, not to be confused with a book drop, and a book drop, not to be confused with a mailbox.


Cambridge, OH Carnegie building (L) One of the highlights of this card is the group of people on the front steps.
(R) 'Public Library and Baptist Church, Cambridge, Ohio.' This was one of the first linen finish cards, issued by Curt Teich in 1930.
Cambridge, OH Carnegie building

1902 grant.
Now known as the Guernsey County District Library, consisting of two branches and the bookmobile.
The Carnegie building is still in use.


Canton, OH Carnegie building Now known as the Stark County District Library.
The Carnegie building was built in 1900 and superceded in 1978. I do not know what the fate of the building is, but I'm sure the early bookmobile (aka Stark County Traveling Library) is scrap.
Canton, OH Carnegie building

Carey (Dorcas Carey Library)

Dorcas, OH Carnegie building

1904 grant.

The history on the Carey Waymarking page emphasizes the contribution of the town to obtaining its library.

This is one of those Commercialchrome cards that just might be a Curt Teich production. What looks like a dome on the card is just a wall on the picture on the library's web site. In addition, the color is different.


Celina, OH Carnegie building (L) The card has an unevenly divided back, but was mailed in 1914.
(R) Wyckoff and Puthoff card, printed in Germany.
Celina, OH Carnegie building

Late 1904 grant. Replaced by Mercer County District Public Library. Demolished.

Traditional architecture with a decorative carving over the entry.


Chillicothe, OH Carnegie building

1903 grant. Still in use.

An umbrella plant enjoys a sunny vacation in front of the brick library building. The Red tower is not part of the library's structure.

This is an I. Robbins 'Randson' card that has a suspicious resemblance to Curt Teich's 'C.T. American Art' series of the 1920s.


Officially known as 'The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.' Cards of the two main buildings are on my non-Carnegie Library page.

Avondale Branch

Avondale Branch Carnegie building

Still in use, according to the Cincinnati library web site.

Built 1913 in Spanish Colonial style. Noted for its Rookwood tile entry.

This is a UNICO (Union News Company) card. They added the flag.

Corryville Branch

Corryville Branch Carnegie building

Still in use.

Built 1907. Renamed as Corryville Branch in 1997, after a 1996 renovation. It's looking darn sprightly for a centarian.

The card was made in Germany for Kraemer Art of Cincinnati, and must be one of the first with a divided back: it was mailed the same year.


Norwood Branch Carnegie Building

Tim Jeffries' Moving Pictures photography page shows some of the exquisite details of this Carnegie library, now a branch.

Unattributed card, mailed in 1912. Note the "Norwood Library" above the entrance.


The main library did not use Carnegie funding. The Lorain Branch Carnegie Library is not the same as the Lorain, Ohio Carnegie Library

Carnegie West Branch Library

Cleveland West Carnegie building Cleveland West Carnegie building Cleveland West Carnegie building Cleveland West Carnegie building
Mailed 1914.
Fancy church to its left.
Braun-Chrome card,
possibly printed by Curt Teich.
Divided back card. Sent 1918.
J. Sapirstein card, seriously out of register.

Built 1910.
Curious architecture, especially in the quoins and the details on the columns.

Woodland Branch

Woodland Branch Carnegie building (L) German 'Litho-Chrome' card, mailed in 1908.
(R) This is another one of the German cards, but made by someone who'd never seen the American flag.
Woodland Branch Carnegie building

Replaced in 1961 after a 1957 fire. The newer building was remodeled in 2010.


Clyde, OH Carnegie building (L) Real Photo card mailed in July, 1906. The message mentions that the Library was nearly ready to open.
(R) Enlargement of the photo.
Clyde, OH Carnegie building
Clyde, OH Carnegie building (L) Sky-Tint card helps locate the library in relation to its neighborhood. Trees indicate that this is the newest of the three cards.
(R) Beautiful German card for the Cleveland News Company.
Clyde, OH Carnegie building

OK, it is the cutest Carnegie library, hands down.
Built in 1906 out of Sandusky granite: renovated 1996.

Web site recently simplified and improved. Its picture illustrates how the addition fits with the original structure.


Columbus, OH Carnegie building (L) Card never mailed. On back:
State Supt. Conference, Jan 12 and 13th, 1911, Columbus, Ohio.
(R) Sent in 1918 from Blacklick, Ohio.
Columbus, OH Carnegie building
From the back of the card (R):

This series of Columbus Dispatch Post Cards
Consists of 16 subjects. A Post Card Coupon cut from THE Dispatch gets you one card; 15 Coupons get you the entire series. No Charge.
Columbus, OH Carnegie building

Building still in use.
Columbus Metropolitan Library history in depth on its website. Salient points: Carnegie building built 1903; Special services building added 1953; renovation, 1990. Go there if you want the good stuff.

The promotion apparently worked; the newspaper's still going strong.


Conneaut, OH Carnegie building (L) Harry H. Hamm card.
(R) Publisher unknown.
Conneaut, OH Carnegie building

Late 1904 grant, according to Bobinski. 1907 grant, according to the library web history page. Opened in 1909: replaced in 1998. Some traces of the front appear to remain on the photo of the Conneaut Public Library.


Coshocton, OH Carnegie Library (L) E.C. Kropp tinted card.
(R) Curt Teich 'American Art' card, subjected to some artless indignities in subsequent years.
Coshocton, OH Carnegie Library

Late 1902 grant: opened in 1904. Vacant since 1974.