Carnegie around the world

There are Carnegie libraries in many english speaking countries around the world (including the one shown above in Roseau, Dominica – one of 5 in the Caribbean).

Much has been written about those in the United States, Canada, Ireland and Scotland – links to some of the main web resources and books can be found below.

I’ve also tried to visit Carnegie libraries wherever I’ve been able to find them – some more unexpected than others. And where I haven’t visited yet, I may have been able to find an old postcard or information on the web.

General book references:

  • Carnegie Corporation Library Program 1911–1961. New York: Carnegie Corporation. Anderson, Florence (1963).
  • Carnegie Grants for Library Buildings, 1890-1917. New York: Carnegie Corporation of New York. Miller, Durand R. (1943).
  • Carnegie Libraries, George S Bobinski (1969)

General web articles:

There are always stories about Carnegie libraries in the news – I’ve created this page to record them.

United States

The wikipedia pages on the US Carnegie legacy are very well structured and there is a lot of information about individual libraries

Books include:

Canada

The libraries built in Canada are listed on wikipedia

Books include:

  • The Best Gift: A Record of the Carnegie Libraries in Ontario, Margaret Beckman et al
  • Local library, global passport: the evolution of a Carnegie library,  J Patrick Boyer. 2008. “By tracing evolution of library service in the Canadian town of Bracebridge from 1874 to the present day within the broad sweep of larger cultural and economic patterns, Boyer’s engaging book provides a specific example of the universal transformation of books and information technologies and the libraries that house them from the 19th to 21st centuries”. This book was written to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Andrew Carnegie Library in Bracebridge in 2008.

Scotland

The main resource for information about the libraries built in the country of Carnegie’s birth can be found on Gerald Blaikie’s website.  It is extremely thorough, and contains lots of information about the man and his legacy, as well as photos and drawings of specific libraries.

Republic of Ireland

Between 1897 and 1913, Andrew Carnegie donated over £170,000 to fund the building of 80 libraries in Ireland. 62 of those libraries survive today and Brendan Grimes is the expert, who has produced a thorough catalogue and (I think) curated an exhibition of photos of them.

Book reference:

Irish Carnegie Libraries: A Catalogue and Architectural History

Weblinks:

Wales

I’ve visited a couple of Carnegie libraries in Wales, and hope over time to build up a register to confirm their current status. In the meantime, I’ll create pages as I find information.

Rest of the World

Australia: 4 libraries

Barbados: Bridgetown

Belgium: Leuven

Dominica: Roseau

Fiji: Suva

France: Reims

Guyana: Georgetown

Mauritius: Curepipe

New Zealand: 18 libraries

Puerto Rico: San Juan

Saint Lucia: Castries

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines:Kingstown

Serbia: Belgrade

Seychelles: Victoria

South Africa: 12 libraries

Trinidad and Tobago: San Fernando