Library Postcards: Civic Pride in a Lost Long Island

Split from the non-Carnegie libraries and the NYPL and other New York City public libraries.

Long Island Carnegie Libraries

New York appears to differ from many states in that its library districts correlate with its school districts.

Far Rockaway, Queens

Far Rockaway, NY Carnegie Library

Not listed by Bobinski as a Carnegie building. Incorporated into the Queens library ca. 1907.
Burned in 1962.

Plain brick building with a policeman in front. Postcard mailed in 1906.

Flushing, Queens

Flushing, Queens Carnegie Library

Built in 1904. Thought to have been demolished after its 1957 replacement.

Commercial Photo Art Card.


Patchogue, LI Carnegie library

Built from a 1905 grant. Now known as the Patchogue-Medford Library. I don't know if the building is still in use.

Unusual post card with a red border more typical of scenic view cards.

Richmond Hill, Queens

Richmond Hill, Queens, LI Carnegie library (L) Valentine & Sons card, printed in Great Britain and mailed in 1910.
(R) German card from an unknown publisher, mailed in 1908. Deceiving in that the older card shows more trees.
Richmond Hill, Queens, LI Carnegie library

Still in use.

Unusual card with a red border more typical of scenic view cards.

Non-Carnegie Libraries


Babylon, LI, NY library

Founded in 1895. Replaced.

Tomlin Art Card, with Nov. 8, 1943 date in pencil.

Bay Shore

Bay Shore, NY library


Tomlin Art Card, which touts the town more than the library shown.

East Hampton

E. Hampton, LI Library

Bears a solid resemblance to Highland Park, Illinois' Carnegie Library.
The Library's web site describes it as 'Neo-Elizabethan.' It was built in 1912, with Aymar Embury serving as its architect.

The 'Eagle Quality' card was mailed in 1937.


Freeport Library (L) Tichnor Quality View mailed in 1941.
(R) Tomlin Art card, easily recognizable by its linen finish and red border.
Freeport Library

Dedicated in 1924: expanded in 1959 and 1982. Still in use. The architect of the Beaux-Arts building was Charles Hart.

Greenport (Floyd Memorial Library)

Greenport, LI, NY library (L) Monochrome postcard.
(R) Tomlin Art Card. What else?
Greenport, LI, NY library

Still in use, with addition(s).


Oceanside, NY Public Library

From the card reverse:

The Oceanside Free Library was established in 1938, in a one-room building on Poole Street.
The existing building on Davison Avenue was dedicated in 1959.
The increased circulation ranks Oceanside 7th among 53 libraries in Nassau County.
The book collection numbers over 90,000 volumes. Among the services of the library are special programs and films, children's story book hours, large-type (sic) books, microfilm, college and career catalogs, phonograph records, and meeting room facilities.

Stylistically, this card resembles motel postcards from the mid-1960s. It was printed by Ecnomi-Color Co., a local printer selected by the Oceanside Board of Trade.

Sag Harbor (The John Jermain Library)

John Jermain Library (L) Publisher unknown.
(R) Chrome Tomlin card, mailed in 1964.
John Jermain Library

1910 Classical Revival building, funded by Mrs. Russell Sage in memory of her grandfather, for whom the Library was named. (per the John Jermain Memorial Library history page) Its architect was Augustus N. Allen.

Southampton (Rogers Memorial Library)

Rogers Memorial Library


Tomlin Art Card.

Author's comments

To the best of my knowledge, the majority of these cards has reached the public domain by virtue of the postcards' age. I claim full copyright on the text, which may be used in citation only. Also, I claim copyright on the scans.

If you have evidence that any of the non-Carnegie cards are really of Carnegie libraries, please e-mail me at (first name)(at)roadmaps (dot) org.