Ohio Carnegie Libraries D - K

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.


Defiance, OH Carnegie Building Defiance, OH Carnegie Building

1903 grant: still in use after a recent renovation.

(L) Early card mailed in 1908: stamp is canceled via pencil and date.
(R) Tinted card, probably off the same original photograph.


Delaware, OH Carnegie Building Delaware, OH Carnegie Building

Apparently the building of the Delaware County District Library replaced the 1904 Carnegie building. The new building was remodeled by Triad Architects (page no longer online) in 2004. Where do they get their money?

Oh, I think I can answer this.
There is now a room dedicated to the history of harness racing.

In the meanwhile, I am pleased to make a correction: the Carnegie building now houses the Delaware County Commissioners, per a Columbus Dispatch article which also furnishes a 1926 photo of the Carnegie building.

(L) French postcard of the most benign type, mailed in 1910.
(R) Handcolored card mailed in 1908.


Delphos, OH Carnegie Building

1911 grant: remodeled in 1960 and 2006. Still in use.

1959 card predates the first renovation, but shows the park and the library.

 East Liverpool

E. Liverpool, OH Carnegie Building E. Liverpool, OH Carnegie Building

3 storeys; no waiting.

(L) Souvenir of East Liverpool, Ohio. The glitter spells it out for you.
(R) Card by I. Robbins and Son out of Pittsburgh.

1899 grant, building finished in 1902. This was the third East Liverpool library building. Some renovation has taken place since.

E. Liverpool, OH Carnegie Building E. Liverpool, OH Carnegie Building

(L) 1952 linen finish card by Curt Teich, sold by the Rogers News Agency.
(R) Luster-Chrome card makes the library and its surroundings look quite Italianate.

 Fostoria (McLean Library)

Fostoria, OH Carnegie Building

The city of Fostoria is known as one of the midwest's glass cities.

Real photo 'KRUXO' postcard, mailed in 1915.
There is a big black blur, vaguely shaped like a dog, around the side walkway. Train tracks run up the brick street. Other artifacts point to this being an amateur photograph.

Fostoria, OH Carnegie Building Fostoria, OH Carnegie Building

(L) Mc Clean Drinking Fountain and Public Library.
I smile when I see 'Mc Clean drinking fountain.' I don't know from when that dates, but the library building dates from a 1903 Carnegie grant. The attractive linen-finish card was mailed in 1949.
(R) Marchion Studio photo used on a Curt Teich card.

Still in use, with a 1968 and a 1989 addition. I don't know about the 'Mc Clean' drinking fountain.


Galion, OH Carnegie Building Galion, OH Carnegie Building Used by permission of the Galion Public Library

(L) Early (ca. 1906) monochrome card.
(C) Tinted card with unevenly divided back.
(R) Postcard scan courtesy of the Galion Public Library.

Did you know that the library began in a log cabin?
The Carnegie grant came in 1904. Expansion of the lovely Carnegie building came in 1991.


Gallipolis, OH Carnegie Building

Built in 1905. Replaced in 1978. Now serves as the Gallipolis City School District Administration Building.
Rotograph card bears an entire back.


Germantown, OH Carnegie Building

1904 Carnegie grant, per Bobinski. Waymarking gives the date as 1907. Replaced in 1984. The building houses the Historical Society of Germantown today.
C.E. Smith card was mailed in 1908.


Greenville, OH Carnegie Building Greenville, OH Carnegie Building Greenville, OH Carnegie Building
Divided back.ca. 1910.1933 Curt Teich 'C.T. Art-Colortone.'

Several views of an 1901 Carnegie library.

The precursor was the 1889 Free School Library. This building was recently renovated. It's huge!

(L) Delicately colored early glossy card: publisher unknown.
(C) Monochrome view, possibly from the same photograph.
(R) This Curt Teich linen finish card is a little discolored with age. Then again, someone had a rather lurid day in its production.

Greenville, OH Carnegie Building Greenville, OH Carnegie Building

Two Rotograph cards; two different publishing treatments. Some Rotograph cards are dated, but neither is. Both bear entire backs: the monochrome card was mailed in 1907.


Kent, OH Carnegie Building Kent, OH Carnegie Building

1901 grant, with a 1903 grant for furnishings. Built in 1902 by A.C. Stambaugh. The building, now called the Carnegie section, contains a genealogy room, the Keller Room, and a quiet reading room.

(L) Vignette-style card, mailed in 1908.
(R) German 'Blue sky' type card, mailed in 1909. The library windows look strangely blank.


Kenton, OH Carnegie Building

1902 grant; Richards, McCarty and Bulford were its architects. Opened 1905. Renamed 'Hardin County District Library' in 1936. Replacement building dedicated 1969. Renamed 'Mary Lou Johnson - Hardin County District Library' in 1977.
Building now used by Kenton Dental Care, per Shari Laster.

(R, above) Early C.T. American Art card sent in 1916. A 'W' in a diamond also appears on the card, indicating its production for F.W. Woolworth.

Kenton, OH Carnegie Building Kenton, OH Carnegie Building

(L) Huntzinger Photo postcard. It sold for 5 cents.
(R) Chrome postcard mentions bookmobile service. The card dates back to the early 1960s.

© 2003-2014 Judy Aulik
Split from Carnegie Libraries L-M:
16 August 2014.
Non-Carnegie Ohio libraries.