It’s not surprising that 100 year old buildings make the news fairly regularly. In some cases there are celebrations as a centenary is reached – in others a building which is no longer a library has a new purpose. I gather references to such news stories, which record the changing nature of the Carnegie legacy – and share them here.
- Iowa: Eldon – Eldon commences library renovation Opened in 1913, this is one of 49 Carnegie libraries in Iowa still in use as a library. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.
- Iowa: Indianola – PastTimes: How Indianola got its Carnegie (Library) Details the history of the building, from the town’s receipt of a $10,000 grant in 1903, to its current situation: owned by the Des Moines Metro Opera, which is planning a $3.5 million renovation of the facility.
- Kansas: New Hope – Story of rebuilding town focuses on Carnegie libraries [note – this is a novel – and although, apparently, New Hope sounds like Greensburg, Kansas, it isn’t!]
- Minnesota: St Pauls – St. Paul’s century-old Carnegie libraries head their separate ways (2016) The 3 Carnegie libraries in the city celebrated their centenaries in 2016: Riverview library, St Anthony Park library, and the East Side Freedom library (no longer a public library, the latter is a museum and library devoted to labour history).
- Mississippi: Meridian – Study stirs memories of segregated library in Meridian The Carnegie Negro Library of Meridian opened in 1913 at 13th Street and 28th Avenue, the first library for African Americans in Lauderdale County. “The small Meridian building where black children savored a few hours of solitude in a segregated South was last used as a library in 1974 and was torn down in 2008.” See also: Carnegie Negro Library of Meridian
- Nebraska: Blair – Blair library treasure rescued from recycling A scrapbook of news stories started when the library opened in 1915!
- New York: Brooklyn – About the Carnegie libraries in Brooklyn
- Ohio: East Liverpool – Carnegie library awarded early learning grant
- Ohio: Willoughby – Willoughby, Willowick library renovations to be completed in May (2017)
- Pennsylvania: Carnegie – Carnegie Borough signs 20-year pact ensuring funding for library, music hall
- Pennsylvania: Hamburg – Pieces of History: Hamburg Public Library was funded by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie
- Pennsylvania: Philadelphia – An oasis in a resource desert: the Lillian Marrero library
- South Carolina: Kingstree – WHS celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Carnegie public library
- Texas: Ballinger – Taste of Ballinger benefits Carnegie Library annual fundraising event
- Texas: Bryan – Why 3 libraries claim to be the oldest in Texas Includes the Carnegie library in Bryan
- Texas: Terrell – The 1904 Carnegie library in Terrell Record of a photo in the Library of Congress collection – mentions that the library is now the Terrell heritage museum.
- Washington DC: Carnegie library of Washington DC Story behind Washington’s first central library, now used as offices by a historical society, and for the occasional exhibition.
- Wisconsin: Two Rivers – Lester library true to mission after 125 years The Carnegie legacy relates to the second library building in the town – built in 1915, it remained the towns library until 1997.
- Wyoming: ‘Cowboy Carnegies’ on display – A travelling exhibition celebrates the history and architecture of Wyoming’s 16 Carnegie libraries
- Manitoba: Winnipeg – Expansion plans, upgrades scheduled for historic Winnipeg libraries Two of Winnipeg’s three original libraries (The St. John’s and Cornish Libraries, in north and south Winnipeg respectively) are about to undergo major expansions that will bring them up to 21st century standards.
- Ontario: Norwood – Norwood library could get facelift
- Ontario: Wellington County Library system invests $30 million in heritage properties and new technologies Plans include updating the 5 Carnegie libraries in the county – including Palmerston branch, built in 1903, which reopened in 2016 after a $3.5-million renovation.
Updates about libraries in England are included in each specific page.
Noticed this planned general research, which aimed to look at Carnegie buildings across the whole of the UK: AHRC funded project: Shelf-Life; Re-imagining the future of Carnegie Public Libraries
- Burntisland: Library set to re-open doors (2017, after repairs and maintenance)
- Dunfermline: Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries shortlisted for top Scottish architectural awards (2017)
- Dun Laoghaire: Ideas to be sought for re-use of former Dun Laoghaire library Opened in 1912, used as a library for 100 years, until replaced by the new LexIcon library. The architects – O’Callaghan and Webb, also designed the Carnegie library in Tralee, Co Kerry.