Danville Public Library (Danville, Illinois)

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Statue at the library entrance
Danville Public Library
The old Carnegie Library, now the Vermilion County War Museum
Danville Public Library (Danville, Illinois) is located in Illinois
Danville Public Library (Danville, Illinois)
Location 307 N. Vermillion St., Danville, Illinois
Coordinates 40°7′46″N 87°37′47″W / 40.12944°N 87.62972°W / 40.12944; -87.62972
Area less than one acre
Built 1904 (1904)
Architectural style Beaux Arts
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 78003064[1]
Added to NRHP November 30, 1978

Danville Public Library is a library in Danville, Illinois formed in 1883 by consolidating several existing collections. Originally it existed in rented space in buildings in downtown Danville. On November 7, 1904, a new Carnegie library opened and served for the next 91 years. The library had a Beaux-Arts design with columns flanking the front doors and a parapet wall above the entrance.[2] It was expanded in 1929 thanks to a gift from Augustus Webster.

Danville Public Library
The Carnegie library circa 1920

Construction on a new library building just north of the existing building began in 1994 and was completed in 1995. The grand opening was held on November 7, 1995.

The Carnegie building still exists and now operates as the Vermilion County War Museum.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ Greene, Gary A. (January 14, 1978). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: Danville Public Library Building". National Park Service. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 

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Coordinates: 40°7′48.10″N 87°37′45.34″W / 40.1300278°N 87.6292611°W / 40.1300278; -87.6292611