Ohio Carnegie Libraries N - Z

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.


Napoleon, OH Carnegie library

1912 grant, building finished 1913. Currently used as book storage, which seems a little odd.

This is a genuine Blue-Sky card by Curt Teich. The Ripley card below is a pallid imitation, a poseur of a post card.


Public Library and Firelands Museum Building (L) Impressive brick building.
(R) Not much of a card, I confess, but the message on the back is really something:
This is Mon night and I am as blue as indigo if I had a certain man here (L----) I would biff him one.---
If the Lord ever gets me out of Zanesville I will promise him never to come back anymore.
Norwalk, OH Carnegie Library
Public Library and Firelands Museum Building C.S. Bateham was the photographer of this view. The card was printed in Germany and mailed in 1907.

1903 grant. Built 1905. Renovated in 1949 and 1982: awaiting expansion since 2002.


At one point, this building served both Oberlin College and the Oberlin residents. The college applied for the 1907 grant. First came a 1939 expansion, then the college (Spears) library moved on in 1974. The public library moved on in 1988.
Currently in use by the college's geology department.

Oberlin, OH Carnegie Library (L) This card was sent to Helen Barstow, a librarian at Grand Rapids Public Library, in 1911. Occasionally the cryptic messages on these postcards are wonderful.
(R) Card mailed 1912. Publisher: A.G. Comings and Sons, Oberlin, O.

Oberlin, OH Carnegie Library
Oberlin, OH Carnegie Library interior (L) Leiter Post Card. Notice the suspended clock. This clearly resembles a college reading room. The form of the windows indicates that the room was indeed in the Carnegie building. A second, Newvochrome branded postcard, was printed in Germany.
(R) Card, from the National Post Card Company, mailed 1939. There is a distinct difference in the layout between the photos. The windows at the right of the card are more Gothic. I think they moved either the statue, or the tables and card catalogs.
Oberlin, OH Carnegie Library interior


Pomeroy, OH Carnegie Library

Pomeroy was featured in the 2009 novel Await Your Reply as Pompey.

Carnegie Library and U.S. Post Office, Pomeroy, Ohio.
'Showing the Ohio Hills in the Background.' Whatever, Curt Teich.

1912 grant. Building replaced in 1989, and the library is now the Meigs County Library.

Paulding County

Paulding, Ohio (L) Continental card dates from the late 20th Century.
(R) Chrome Dexter Press card.
Paulding, Ohio Carnegie Library

1912 grant according to Bobinski; 1913, according to the Library. According to Paulding County Carnegie Library's web page, it opened in 1916, and was the first county library founded by Carnegie. It is still in use.


Portsmouth, OH Carnegie Library (L) Yet another Clear View brand card, mailed in 1940.
(R) Interior of the library building prior to occupancy.
Portsmouth, OH Carnegie Library
Portsmouth, OH Carnegie Library The E.C. Kropp card (lower L) expounds:
'Tremper Mound,' three miles from city, is the source of numerous Indian Relics displayed at the Public Library. Portsmouth is the Gateway to Shawnee Forest and Roosevelt Game Preserve. 'Ohio's Little Smokies,' a scenic wonderland of many hills skirted by picturesque drives from valley to peak.
From the more recent card (lower R):
Located at 1220 Gallia Street. Henry A. Lorberg induced Andrew Carnegie to donate $50,000 and this structure built of native stone was completed in 1903. The 'Ohio Room' is devoted exclusively to Ohio and Northwest Territory history. Museum section displays Indian Relics from local mounds.
Portsmouth, OH Carnegie Library

1902 grant: built in 1906.
Still in use, but with 1971 and 1995 additions, per Wikipedia (not my normal go-to source).

Ripley (Union Township Public Library)

Ripley, OH Carnegie Library

1913 grant. In 1937, much damage was done by a flood. Expanded in 1989.

Concise history on the library's website.
Prairie-style library built by Wausau, WI architects and, believe it or not, featuring Rookwood glazed tiles (also seen on the Avondale Branch Carnegie Library). How cool is that!


Salem, OH Carnegie Library (L) Sky-Tint brand post card shows a straight-on view and icludes the brick street.
(R) I. Robbins and Son 'IRAS' card, printed by Curt Teich ca. 1914.
Salem, OH Carnegie Library

Built 1905 from 1903 grant monies. Expanded in 1931 and 1984.
Still in use.


Sandusky, OH Carnegie Library

Who says Carnegie Libraries all look alike?
Another card from the Helen Barstow collection:

To warn you I come back empty-handed.
E M Heikin

Late 1899 grant. Still in use, but with branches, and a 2004 expansion.


Steubenville, OH Carnegie Library (L) Sharp card shows glimpses of the neighborhood and the library building.
(R) This is an I. Robbins and Son card, showing Holy Name Church in the background.
Steubenville, OH Carnegie Library

1899 grant, back when you could get away with a clock tower, and all those other fripperies. Opened 1902. In 1936, became the flagship for countywide service. With the assistance of a handful of branches, the Carnegie building is still in service.


Tiffin, OH Carnegie Library

Another outlier, with respect to appearance. However, the tower belongs to a neighboring church.
1912 grant. Replaced, but still standing.

Very faintly on the front is the name, Will H. Good. The card was mailed in 1914.

Upper Sandusky

Upper Sandusky, OH Carnegie Library

Pleasant Prairie architecture that is not improved by the ham-fisted retouchers on this Kinley Dept. Store postcard.

Although the community still maintains a distinct library, apparently it is no longer in the Carnegie building.


Warren, OH Christian Church, Public Library, Danna's Musical Institute (L) PCK series postcard, mailed in 1907. The library is flanked by the Christian Church and Danna's (sic) Musical Institute. The last was founded in 1869, incorporated into Youngstown College (now Youngstown State University) in 1941.
(R) Unidentified card was mailed in 1910.
Warren, OH Public Library

1903 grant. Built 1906. Replaced in 1971.

City of Washington Court House

Washington Court House, OH Carnegie Library (L) This is another silver (or grey) border monochrome 'Clear View' card from the Wayne Paper Box firm, which produced many cards of midwestern libraries.
(R) H.R. Rodecker card, nicely tinted.
Washington Court House, OH Carnegie Library

AKA Washington C.H.

Still known as the Carnegie Public Library, from a late December 1901 grant.


Wauseon, OH Carnegie Library (L) Unattributed post card.
(R) Lyon & Co. tinted card shows an orchard to the left. Mailed in 1908.
Wauseon, OH Carnegie Library

Late 1903 grant. Still in use, with an addition showing in the drawing on the library's web page.

Dormers (Lutheran windows) are rather uncommon on Carnegie libraries. You can't see how deep the Georgian-styled building is, but a basement, two storeys, and three dormers give a lot of apparent space.


Wellsville, OH Carnegie Library

1912 grant: still in use.

Auburn Post Card Manufacturing Company card.


Willoughby, OH Carnegie Library (L) Unattributed card, mailed in 1912.
(R) Poor quality C.C. Cottrell 'Excelsior' card printed on very thin stock. Mailed in 1912.
Willoughby, OH Carnegie Library

Late 1906 grant.

Somewhat of an eclectic building with mixed brick, vaguely Gothic windows, odd ornamentation at the roof line, and a tile roof. Photo appears to show construction.


(R, above) Photo postcard, never mailed, without any further identification beyond the caption. Wilmington, OH Carnegie Library
Wilmington, OH Carnegie Library (L) Allen Studio chrome card.
(R) Weixelbaum monochrome card, mailed in 1912.
Wilmington, OH Carnegie Library

1902 grant. Still in use. However, it has undergone five renovations, one of which was the 1938 Samuel Walker Annex, and another, the 1997 expansion. Like Waukesha, Wisconsin's Carnegie library, the original entrance is no longer in use.


Wooster, OH Carnegie Library

When is a Carnegie building not a Carnegie Library?

Apparently this 1905 library building received Carnegie funding after a fire.

Commercialchrome card showing 9 people posing in front.


Xenia, OH Carnegie Library

1902 grant. Renovated, 1936. Damaged in the 1974 tornado, vacated in 1978. Damage shown on an Ohio Memory scrapbook page.
NB: If you are ever in a library, and staff tells you to take cover because of a tornado warning, do so. You do not want to be among falling bookshelves and flying glass.

The Curt Teich card apparently predates the renovation. Over the door reads 'Free to the People.'

Youngstown (Reuben McMillan Free Library)

Youngstown, OH Carnegie Library

The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County's web site informs us that McMillan was a Superintendent of Schools.
Its Carnegie grant came in 1907, and the architect was Charles F. Owsley, who could never be accused of running off with the money.
Impressive building!

That said, it needed remodeling in 1954, and was expanded in the mid-1990s.

Spiffy 1951 Curt Teich linen finish postcard.


Zanesville, OH Carnegie Library

Apparently unfazed by Hattie's opinion.

Late 1905 grant: Still in use.