List of Carnegie libraries in Africa, the Caribbean, and Oceania

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This is a list of Carnegie libraries in Africa, the Caribbean, and Oceania. Although most of Carnegie's philanthropic efforts were aimed at North America and Europe, a handful of libraries are scattered in other English-speaking areas of the world.

Africa[edit]

The vast majority of the Carnegie libraries in Africa were concentrated in South Africa. The Carnegie Corporation of New York continues to fund library investments in nearly a dozen countries in Africa to this day; however, no buildings have been granted since 1917.

Community Country Image Date
granted
[1][2]
Grant
amount
[1][3]
Location Notes
1 Curepipe Mauritius Feb 26, 1914 $8,765
2 Victoria Seychelles Aug 6, 1907 $9,740
3 Barberton South Africa Dec 22, 1911 $4,385
4 Benoni South Africa Dec 8, 1913 $13,330
5 Germiston South Africa Mar 16, 1915 $26,470 Currently used as a restaurant
6 Harrismith South Africa Nov 14, 1907 $9,825
7 Hopetown South Africa Mar 21, 1908 $4,850
8 Krugersdorp South Africa May 3, 1917 $15,840
9 Moorreesburg South Africa Aug 21, 1911 $7,290
10 Muizenberg South Africa Jun 25, 1909 $7,800
11 Newcastle South Africa Dec 8, 1913 $7,290
12 Potchefstroom South Africa Apr 30, 1912 $12,175
13 Standerton South Africa Dec 22, 1911 $7,300
14 Vryheid South Africa Oct 15, 1906 $7,300
Total $142,360

Caribbean[edit]

There are six Carnegie libraries in the Caribbean region spanning six countries.

Community Country Image Date
granted
[1][2]
Grant
amount
[1][3]
Location Notes
1 Bridgetown,
(St. Michael)
Barbados National Library Service of Barbados, Bridgetown-2.jpg Aug 22, 1903 $23,330 Coleridge St. Enscribed as part of UNESCO's historic buildings in Bridgetown and Saint Ann's Garrison area.
2 Castries Saint Lucia May 15, 1916 $10,400
3 Georgetown Guyana Oct 15, 1906 $34,100
4 Kingstown Saint Vincent Oct 15, 1906 $9,825
5 Roseau Dominica Mar 14, 1905 $7,500
6 San Fernando Trinidad Sep 25, 1914 $12,200
Total $97,355

Oceania[edit]

Australia[edit]

City or
locality
State Image Date
granted
[1][2]
Grant
amount
[1][3]
Inflation adjusted amount Location Notes
1 Hobart Tasmania Oct 6, 1902 $36,505 $995,042
2 Midland Junction Western Australia Dec 2, 1909 $7,300 $191,611
3 Mildura Victoria Jun 23, 1906 $9,825 $257,888
4 Northcote Victoria Mar 13, 1909 $14,610 $383,485
Total $68,240 $1,791,174

Fiji[edit]

There is a single Carnegie library in Suva, Fiji's capital, funded by the philanthropist with a $7,300 grant ($184,768 today) on December 13, 1907.[1]

New Zealand[edit]

The money for Carnegie libraries in the Dominions (the contemporary term used for former colonies such as Australia, New Zealand and South Africa within the British Empire) was administered from New York. Eighteen libraries were provided in New Zealand. The table below details the libraries.

Town Region Image Date
granted
[1][2]
Grant
amount
[1][3]
Location Notes
1 Alexandra Otago Dec 2, 1909 $3,880
2 Balclutha Otago Apr 2, 1913 $4,870
3 Cambridge Waikato Dec 14, 1908 $4,870
4 Dannevirke Manawatu-Wanganui Apr 10, 1906 $9,690
5 Dunedin Otago Sep 19, 1902 $48,700 Moray Place Dunedin Public Library moved to a new building in 1981.
6 Fairlie Canterbury Jan 31, 1913 $4,875
7 Gore Southland Jul 10, 1907 $9,750
8 Greymouth West Coast Oct 5, 1904 $10,967
9 Hamilton Waikato Apr 23, 1906 $9,720
10 Hastings Hawke's Bay May 29, 1905 $12,175
11 Hokitika West Coast Jun 20, 1905 $12,175
12 Levin Manawatu-Wanganui Sep 28, 1909 $7,290
13 Marton Manawatu-Wanganui Jul 23, 1914 $6,075
14 New Plymouth Taranaki Feb 13, 1906 $12,150
15 Onehunga Auckland Jul 15, 1909 $9,720
16 Thames Waikato Jan 7, 1904 $9,760
17 Timaru Canterbury Jun 14, 1906 $21,010
18 Westport West Coast Sep 10, 1903 $9,720
Total $207,397

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Anderson, pp. 94–98.
  2. ^ a b c d Miller, pp. 21–40.
  3. ^ a b c d The amounts listed here were mostly granted in British pounds. In general the conversion rate used by the Carnegie Corporation was £1 = $5.

References[edit]

  • Anderson, Florence (1963). Carnegie Corporation Library Program, 1911–1961. New York: Carnegie Corporation. OCLC 525904. 
  • Miller, Durand R. (1943). Carnegie Grants for Library Buildings, 1890–1917. New York: Carnegie Corporation of New York. OCLC 2603611.