Iowa Public Libraries

Iowa Carnegie Libraries here.

Non-Carnegie Libraries

Divided 18 May 2012. I-Z on a new page.

 Boone (Ericson Library)

Ericson Library A Corner of the Museum, Ericson Library, Boone, IA

They loan Wilton cake pans!

1901 building which was enlarged in 1923 and 1993. The citizens voted for a one-cent local option sales tax to accomplish the latter.
So, shop Boone!

(L) Curt Teich 'C.T. American Art' card, also featuring an M.E. Church. Apparently dates between 1908-1910, so that this card shows the original building.
(R) Evidently part of the Ericson building served as a museum. This card, mailed in 1912, shows an artist among wildlife mounts.


Burlington, IA Library

Built between 1896 and 1898. The original library building is still standing and is being converted to the Des Moines County Historical Museum.
Make sure you click on the library's photo link. You'll need to use your browser's back button to return to my page.

Published by the Ingersoll News Agency of Burlington.

 Centerville (Drake Public Library)

Centerville Drake Library

Gift of a former Iowa governor, built by J.W. Sanderson, and dedicated in 1903, per the library's history page.

No, that's neither a Doughboy helmet nor a UFO landing on top of the library.
The woman who mailed it in 1910 was fairly aware of the card's shortcomings. She commented, 'This does not do justice to building but thought I would send any way ...'

The 1903 library is still in use. In the recent photo on the library's site, the dome is silver.

 Clarion (Morgan Everts Library)

Surprisingly, this is not listed as a Carnegie building, even though it appears to conform to the supposedly standard plan.

This card has an unevenly divided back, therefore dating between 1907 and 1911. Its publisher is unknown.

 Creston (Matilda J. Gibson Memorial Library)

Another pseudo-Carnegie building.

(L) L.L. Cook photo card revealing Matilda J. Gibson Memorial Library incised over the doorway.
(R) 1934 Curt Teich card replaces the boring monochrome card previously shown.

 Des Moines

Closed February 4, 2006: moved on April 8 to the new building.

Reading the Roman numerals on the left-hand card would lead you to believe the Des Moines library was founded in 1804 and built in 1900. I'd believe the latter.
Well, that's different.

The right-hand card, by Curt Teich, for Hyman's News and Book Store of Des Moines, seems to be more gung-ho about the Coliseum than the library. No one even cared enough to give the library striped awnings.

(L) Also features the post office on the left.
(R) Also features the Locust Street Bridge, which is also an imposing structure.

According to the library's website, the old building will be repurposed as the World Food Prize Foundation Hall of Laureates.

 Forest City

The library's history page appears to have stopped with 1899. I don't think the building shown is quite that old.
Photo postcard is likely by L.L. Cook, and was mailed in 1943.

 Grinnell (Stewart Library)

Along with Muscatine and Sioux City (below), this is one of the few Romanesque libraries in Iowa. The library was formed in 1894 and finished in 1902. The library's web site says that Carnegie buildings were visited by Joel Stewart before construction began, but from the outside, this just looks nothing like a Carnegie building.
Perhaps this is why the building so sorely needs replacement. (Note: Grinnell College is still using its Carnegie building, albeit no longer as a library.) Its 1976 listing on the National Register of Historic Places certainly makes expansion difficult. The Drake Community Library replaced it in 2009.
I hope that the Grinnellian powers that be find a new use for the Stewart building.

 Harlan (H.H. Paup Free Public Library)

According to v. 47 of Library Journal, Paup gave $20,000 on the proviso that the library paid him 5% interest for life, plus raise $1,000 each year for library maintenance and support. The building was built in 1924.
No longer in use, but appears to be standing in good repair.

(L) Probably the newer of the two cards.
(R) The stamp box of this photo card has the initials DOPS. Actually, both cards show this.

© 2006 - 14 Judy Aulik
Divided from I-Z in May, 2012.
Updated on 05 April 2014.
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