Other Carnegie Libraries

Statistics come from George S. Bobinski's Carnegie Libraries.


14 Alabama Carnegie buildings were built. 4 were demolished before 1969.


Decatur, Alabama Carnegie library

Built in 1905 after a 1903 grant. Card by Tichnor Quality Views; published by Knoxville Engraving.


Gadsden, Alabama Carnegie library Gadsden, Alabama Carnegie library

Carnegie grant: 1905. Wing added, 1984. Major renovation and centennial celebration, 2006.
Subsequent to then, water damage due to a leaky roof closed the main branch in May, 2009; a librarian's worst nightmare.

Both cards come from E.C. Kropp, but the right-hand card was made for S.H. Kress.


Montgomery, Alabama Carnegie library

1901 Carnegie grant.
Per the E.C. Kropp card reverse:

This building was erected in 1904. It was made possible by a gift of $50,000.00 from Andrew Carnegie. It is a free library and is used daily by hundreds of citizens. It contains thousands of valuable books and maintains a reading room well equipped with current magazines.

Hardly lyrical, but it gets the facts across.

This particular card bears the number 28 and the notation:
Chamber of Commerce/Montgomery, Ala./Aug. 10, 1940.


Not the biggest section of my collection.


Tucson Carnegie Library Tucson Carnegie Library

The righthand card is older than the lefthand card.
(L) Although it's a Curt Teich 'C.T. American Art' postcard, it seems undateable. (R) Note the xeroscaping on the older card. This is a Detroit Publishing Co. card.
The Tucson-Pima Public Library site states only that the current building dates from 1989. The Carnegie roots are never mentioned. Glenn A. Walsh's web site gives a grant date of 1899, as does Bobisnki. As Arizona was not admitted as a state until 1912, this demonstrates that grants were extended into U.S. territories.


Phoenix Carnegie Library Phoenix Carnegie Library

1902 grant. Replaced in 1953. Various duties since then, now serving as the Carnegie Center: the home for the Library Development Division staff of the Arizona State Library.

Red building that might have a low shallow dome. It's hard to tell on these card and on the Carnegie Center site's picture.

This is a Neuner Calitype Process card, whatever that was, distributed by the Benham Indian Trading Company of Los Angeles.


2000 magazine article on the Florida Carnegie library movement. 11 Carnegie libraries were built; 7 remain.


Clearwater Carnegie Library

1915 grant: engulfed in the current facility.

Very late building that began to show Deco influence. The card was published by the Hartman Card Company of Pinelllas Park.


Tampa Carnegie Library

1910 grant: rehabbed into city offices in 1999. West Tampa's Carnegie library is still in use as a library.

Roy A. Bagby postcard. Did you notice the streetcard to the left of the building?


Jacksonville Carnegie Library

A whole lot of history goin' on here. This is the third building: the second went up in flames in the Great Fire of 1901. Carnegie came to the rescue with a grant in 1902. Finally, the building was built in 1905. It was replaced in 1965 by the Haydon Burns Building. That took only 40 years to become outmoded, and was replaced in 2005. The Carnegie Building was rehabbed into offices in the 1980s, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Nice litho card by Raphael Tuck & Sons. (RaphoType) that bears a Red Cross stamping 'Canteen Service (cross) Jacksonville, Fla Chapter' on its entire back.

Really, what good would an entire back postcard be to a client, without space for any sort of message?


Ocala Carnegie Library

1907 grant. Demolished in 1968.

Commercialchrome card displays the lovely Spanish style building to its best advantage. If you look closely at the windows on the right side, they are opened from the top. I didn't know an arched window could do that.
The card was mailed in 1934.

St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg Carnegie Library St. Petersburg Carnegie Library St. Petersburg Carnegie Library

All three cards are of the same branch, illustrating how different postcard manufacturers recolor their cards.
1915 building, recently restored and still in use.


10 Carnegie libraries in this Southern state.


Albany, GA Carnegie Library

Fun history, per Waymarking.
It began in 1906, converted to a business branch in 1966, and was replaced by a Ford Motor Company building in 1985. The replacement is currently being renovated.

This building is the administrative offices for the Albany Arts Council and won the 1993 Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation Award for Outstanding Adaptive-Use Rehabilitation.
I think converting a Ford building was even more challenging.


Atlanta Public Library Atlanta Public Library

1898 grant, built in 1900. Demolished in 1977, before its replacement in 1980.

I have to give the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Systems props for its candor. The Central building was segregated, and their pages own up to it. The African-American community was served by the Auburn Avenue branch, also a Carnegie building. Desegregation happened in 1959.
Atlanta had the Southern Library School associated with the library until it moved to Emory University. It closed in 1988.


Newnan, GA Carnegie library

Mistakenly named 'Newman' on the Black & White brand card.

A late 1901 grant makes this the oldest Carnegie library in Georgia. Built in 1904, it was replaced in 1987 and beautifully renovated in 2009. Weirdly, it served another purpose in the interim, and according to its web site, is a public library once more. Actually, it's a reading room. The city calls it 'library type services.'

Like 'light beer'?

The full service library is the Newnan-Coweta Public Library.


Municpal Auditorium and Carnegie Library, Rome, Ga.

Opened in 1911. Max Meyerhardt, a prominent Jewish citizen of Rome, took the lead in obtaining the Carnegie grant.
Replaced in 1988 by the Sara Hightower Regional Library, and is now used as offices.

The Municpal Auditorium takes top billing on this Tichnor Quality View. The Classical Revival Type A building languishes a ways down the dirt street.


Savannah Carnegie Library Savannah Carnegie Library

Established in 1903. 1910 grant. The African-American branch was built in 1913. The library's brief history page is not very clear on the facts, but it looks as if the 1910 grant went to the segregated branch first, before the second, 1916 grant, went to the main branch.

Segregation ended in 1963.

The more detailed page glosses over the segregation part, but adds that the main library received a 1936 WPA-built addition.

(L) Curt Teich American Art card with retouched trees.
(R) E.C. Kropp linen finish card, mailed in 1938.


Frank Bird Hospital and Carnegie Library, Valdosta, Ga.

Once again, the library plays second fiddle on this Artvue postcard.

1912 grant. Since 1967, serves as the Valdosta-Lowndes County Museum.


10 Carnegie libraries in this Western state.


Boise Carnegie Library Boise Carnegie Library

Pleasant Beaux-Arts building opened in 1905. Replaced in 1973.

Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, and now serves as law offices.


Moscow Carnegie Library. Da.

1904 grant. Subsequently modified, and now serves as the library's history room.

I think the last style I would expect for Moscow's Carnegie building is Mission. Well, it's mission with fanlights in the arched windows, and a foundation.

The card claims to have been published by the Spokane Post Card Co., but we in the know know it's really a Curt Teich printing job.


Pocatello Carnegie Library

1906 grant.
The Carnegie building remains standing with an addition about 4 times its size.

Now known as the Marshall Public Library.

Isn't this a charming Curt Teich C.T. American Art Colored card?



Corbin Carnegie Library

1914 grant. 1916 building. Replaced in 1968.
On the National Register of Historic Places for Kentucky.

The Curt Teich postcard shows a standard plan library. It was sent by a traveling showman to Maryland.
Likely, he traveled on the Dixie Highway, US 25 in Corbin; and may have eaten at Col. Sander's original fried chicken restaurant.


Covington, KY Carnegie Library

The library became part of the Kenton County system.

The Carnegie building has a lively second career as a visual and performing arts center.

This spectacular card shows two sides of the Classical building, and was mailed in 1910.


Hopkinsville Carnegie Library

1912 grant. Built in 1914. Currently being renovated into a multipurpose building which extols Kentucky's architects.

The E.C. Kropp postcard shows a standard plan library, tinted rose instead of the actual ochre. Despite having never been mailed, it had been taped onto something, which makes it rather undesireable.


Louisville Carnegie Library

The Library was established in 1795. It, and the Transylvania Seminary collection, united in the Carnegie building, built from a 1902 grant. According to the NPS site, it was replaced in the 1980s, and serves as the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning.

This is an early Curt Teich 'C.T. Photochrom' card.


Louisville Carnegie Library Louisville Carnegie Library

1908 building, one of eight funded by Carnegie. FYI, the Western and Eastern branches were segregated, an unpleasantry not unique to this city. At least Louisville snapped to moderate enlightenment, and opened the first Carnegie-funded African-American branch.

(L) The early chrome card was by Valentine-Souvenir.
(R) Delightfuly tinted Hugh C. Leighton postcard.


Owensboro Carnegie Library

1903 Carnegie grant. Card mailed 1922.


Paducah Carnegie Library Paducah Carnegie Library

1901 grant. Destroyed by fire sometime around 1963.

(L) Card just cries out for some retouching work.
(R) Oh, so pretty, Mr. Kropp.


Paris, KY Carnegie Library

Early 1903 grant. Still in use as part of the Paris-Bourbon County system, but looking lonely on the library page without its landscaping.

Exceedingly common Curt Teich 'C.T. Photo-Finish' postcard.


Only four--or maybe six--grants, funding 9 buildings.

New Orleans

New Orleans Carnegie Library

Multiple Carnegie grants, beginning in late 1902. It appears as if the Cita Dennis Hubbell Branch and the Napoleon Street Children's Resource Center are two of the Carnegie buildings.

Wikipedia details the damage wrought by Katrina, but does not give the fate of all the Carnegie buildings.

The card is attributed to C.B. Mason of New Orleans, but printed in Germany. Most likely, it was published in 1907.



Meridian Carnegie Library

1904 Carnegie grant(s).


At one point there were 17 Carnegie libraries in the state.

Great Falls

Great Falls Carnegie Library Postcard back

The dome inspired Jughead's hat.

The 1903 Carnegie building was replaced in 1967, and has been demolished.

Photo by Heyn's Elite Studio: card published by Chas E. Morris of Chinook, Mont. Neat trademark!


Great Falls Carnegie Library Postcard back

Now the Livingston-Park County Library.

Built in 1904 and still in use, with 1978 and 2005 expansions.

(L) German postcard offers a glimpse of surrounding buildings.
(R) Owens Bros. card offers an idealized view, but on the right, a peek of another building was left behind.
Bad retoucher!

Miles City

Miles City Carnegie Library

Established in 1902 after a 1901 grant. The library's site shows significant exterior alterations.


Missoula Carnegie Library

Extremely similar to the Stoughton (WI) Public Library. 'Made exp. for the Montana Souvenir Co.//Photo By McKay'. Divided back.



Reno Carnegie Library

In use merely from 1904 to 1930. Fate unknown.

The Washoe County Library's web site has to have the greatest bookmobile photo ever. Use your browser back button to return.

Edward H. Mitchell postcards are amazing. In addition to the tiny, pink Carnegie building are a street car, a horsedrawn delivery wagon, and the Masonic Temple.

 New Mexico

Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NM Carnegie Library

1902 grant. Built in 1904, and proudly still in use.

 North Carolina


Charlotte, NC Carnegie library

1901 grant. Card also features the First Baptist Church.


Winston-Salem Carnegie library

1903 grant. Opened in 1906. Replaced in 1953. Sold to the Catholic Diocese of North Carolina in 1954.

Did you know the library's 350,000th book was the Gutenberg Bible?

S.H. Kress postcard, probably an E.C. Kropp product.

 South Carolina


Camden, SC Carnegie library

1914 grant: current use unknown.

Spartanburg (Kennedy Library)

Spartanburg Carnegie Library

1903 grant: current use unknown.
Poor Kennedy: I can't find a thing about who he--or she--was.

Rare winter scene: I imagine that the Wisconsin firm E.C. Kropp was taken with the odd Southern scene. The building's architecture is quite unusual, with Romanesque, Mission, and Italianate touches.



Chattanooga Carnegie Library

1900 red brick building with Gothic touches.


Jackson, TN Carnegie Library

1901 grant.
Battered E.C. Kropp postcard.

Johnson City (Mayne Williams Public Library)

Johnson City Carnegie Library

Replaced sometime before 1999.


Nashville Carnegie Library Nashville Carnegie Library

First Carnegie grant: 1901.

Two views of one of the 10 Carnegie libraries in the state.
(L) Charming Tuck's postcard.
(R) Early (undivided back) E.C. Kropp postcard.

Mountain Home (Carnegie Library, U.S. Veterans Administration Home)

Mountain Home VA Carnegie Library

Card probably dates from the 1950s.



Norfolk Carnegie Library

Tuck Series No. 2222.

From card back:

Public Library. The Norfolk Public Library is located in the industrial part of the city, on the corner of Freemason and Thomas Streets. It was opened to the public on November 21, 1904, the work having been started June 24th, 1903. Mr. Andrew Carnegie gave $50,000 toward the cost.

 Washington, D.C.

DC Carnegie Library DC Carnegie Library

(L) Canegie Library, Washington, D.C. So the A.C. Bosselman Company of New York calls this impressive building on a divided-back card.


The Public Library is in the Mt. Vernon Square, at the intersection of Massachusetts and New York Avenues and 8th Street. It is built entirely of white marble. The Building was given by Andrew Carnegie.

Quote from the B.S. Reynolds Co. of Washington, D.C.

I'm not going to give their street address, although it's prominently displayed on the card.
In use as a library from 1903 to 1972: converted to the City Museum in 2001. I don't know if it was a slow process or the bureaucracy was that byzantine.

 West Virginia

There are 3 public Carnegie libraries, and a single college Carnegie library.


Huntington, WV Carnegie library

1901 grant. Replaced in 1980. Currently serves as Huntington Junior College.

The problem with summer photography is illustrated by this German Wheelock postcard.


Parkersburg, WV Carnegie library

1905 building, replaced in the mid-1970s. Became a bookstore in 1985.

E. Brown glossy card from 1907.

Not sure if it's a Carnegie public library? Visit my postcards of unusual and large public libraries.


Drop that mouse and visit your public library. (Or, if you're viewing this in the library, set the mouse down carefully.) All the following resources were found at a local library.

Bial, Raymond and Linda LaPuma. 1991. The Carnegie Library in Illinois.
(With Photography by Raymond Bial.)
Bobinski, George S. 1969. Carnegie Libraries: Their History and Impact on American Public Library Development.
Dickson, Paul. 1986. The Library in America: A Celebration in Words and Pictures.
Frye, Lonn. 1992. Carnegie Libraries: Restoration and Expansion.
Krass, Peter. 2002. Carnegie.
Van Slyck, Abigail. 1995. Free to All: Carnegie Libraries and the American Culture, 1890-1920.

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