Carnegie Public Library (East Liverpool, Ohio)
|Established||May 8, 1902|
|Location||East Liverpool, Ohio|
|Access and use|
|Director||Ms. Melissa Percic|
Front of the Carnegie Public Library in downtown East Liverpool, Ohio
|Location||219 E. 4th St., East Liverpool, Ohio|
|Area||less than one acre|
|Architectural style||Colonial Revival, Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals, Other, Second Renaissance Revival|
|NRHP Reference #||80002963|
|Added to NRHP||March 11, 1980|
The Carnegie Public Library in East Liverpool, Ohio is a public library located at 219 East Fourth Street. The construction of the library, which opened in 1902, was funded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, who spent a large part of his childhood in East Liverpool. Along with the Steubenville, Ohio library, it was the first library in Ohio funded by Carnegie. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in March 1980.
In 1899 T.Y. Travis and M.E. Miskall contacted Andrew Carnegie asking him for a donation of a library for East Liverpool. Carnegie pledged $50,000 for the building of the library on the stipulation that the city would provide land and $3,000 a year for maintenance. In August 1899 the Bradshaw Farm property was purchased by a group of citizens of East Liverpool and held in trust until the city could purchase it. Construction of the library began in 1900. It was built with Roman mottled buff-brown brick trimmed with white tile. The lobby is of ceramic mosaic, the wainscoting of Italian marble and the solid brass hardware. Charles Henry Owsley, a British architect who had immigrated to Youngstown, Ohio, designed the building.
On May 8, 1902, the library was dedicated and officially opened to the public. At this time the 2,505 volumes from the other city library were transferred to the Carnegie Library.
A year after the opening, the librarian reported that there were 5,992 volumes and 2,081 members. In the first year, according to the librarian, the library was so popular with patrons that it loaned more books each month than were actually in the library.
Until 1931, the library experienced financial difficulties. In that year, however, the library became eligible for county funds. Since then the library has operated through state and county funds.
In 1907 the local historical society established a museum in the West Room of the second floor and then later expanded to include pottery displays in the East Room displaying works from over 50 local potteries. The museum and pottery displays remained in the library until the Museum of Ceramics was opened in the 1970s.
The library possessed 25,000 volumes by 1940, but none were catalogued. Kenneth Emerick was hired in 1950 to perform the cataloguing duties when the library holdings had reached 36,000 volumes. He worked until 1955 when the work was taken over by Beatrice Davidson. The library collection was increasing at a rate of approximately 4,000 volumes per year. By the mid-1960s there were 75,000 volumes, all catalogued. By 1975, the library held 120,000 volumes.
The library took part in the Ohio Victory Book Campaign during World War II. The goal of the campaign was to provide good reading material to the servicemen. In six weeks more than 3,000 books were collected.
In 1946 a summer reading program for children was initiated.
A number of renovation projects took place during the 1950s and early 1960s. Over 12 years the cost was approximately $75,000. As part of the renovations, the custodian's home was removed and replaced by a Trustee Meeting Room (the Board Room), and a historical display area. A stack room was created in an excavated portion of the basement. New shelving was installed for the growing collection and furniture for the reading room was purchased. A new circulation desk and circulation system were also installed. In 1961 the rear entrance was remodeled. The administrative offices were moved to the basement replacing the area previously occupied by the historical displays. A teen area was created on the main floor where the offices had been.
The library also underwent renovations in the 1990s. In order to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act an elevator and handicap accessibility were installed. Shelving was replaced and the Non-Fiction and Reference collections were moved to vacant rooms on the second floor. All the furniture from the renovations of the 1950s was replaced. Oak tables were refinished and new lighting was installed throughout the library. Additionally, a new circulation desk and computerized circulation and catalogue system were installed. Approximately $1,300,000 were spent over a three-year span for renovations.
- "A More Complete History". Carnegie Public Library; East Liverpool, Ohio. Carnegie Public Library. Retrieved 18 September 2011.
- "Carnegie Public Library; East Liverpool, Ohio". A directory of libraries throughout the world. Library Technology Guides. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
- Galbreath, Charles Burleigh (1902). Sketches of Ohio libraries. F. J. Heer, state printer. pp. 185–186. ISBN 978-1-178-23879-2.
- McCormick, Virginia Evans (2001). Educational architecture in Ohio: from one-room schools and Carnegie libraries to community education villages. The Kent State University Press. pp. 196–198. ISBN 978-0-87338-666-1.