List of Carnegie libraries in Canada

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There are a total of 125 public Carnegie libraries in Canada. Of these, the vast majority (111) were built in Ontario. They were constructed and opened from 1903 to 1922. Place names as they were during the grant period are used. In a few cases, Carnegie made multiple donations. An attempt is made to note these and sum the total amount. It addition, one academic library was built for Victoria University in the University of Toronto by architect Henry Sproatt,[1] from a $50,000 grant awarded April 16, 1906.


Alphabetical listing[edit]

      Building still operating as a library
      Building no longer standing
      Building standing, but now serving another purpose

Library name Place Province Date granted[2][3] Grant amount (US$)[2] Date opened[3][4] Location[3] Notes
Amherstburg Public Library Amherstburg Ontario April 8, 1911 10,000 1913 232 Sandwich St.
42°06′11″N 83°06′34″W / 42.103056°N 83.109392°W / 42.103056; -83.109392 (Amherstburg Public Library)
by architect Charles Howard Crane,[5]
Aylmer Public Library Aylmer Ontario November 21, 1911 8,000 1913 Centre St. and Sydenham St.
42°46′20″N 80°59′04″W / 42.772122°N 80.984354°W / 42.772122; -80.984354 (Aylmer Public Library)
Ayr Public Library Ayr Ontario December 24, 1909 5,200 October 31, 1911[8] 92 Stanley St.
43°17′09″N 80°27′00″W / 43.285780°N 80.449888°W / 43.285780; -80.449888 (Ayr Public Library)
  • by architect William Edward Binning,[9]
  • Closed in 2004; a new library was built nearby.
Barrie Public Library Barrie Ontario July 23, 1914 15,000 June 1917[10] 37 Mulcaster St.
44°23′25″N 79°41′07″W / 44.390258°N 79.685362°W / 44.390258; -79.685362 (Barrie Public Library)
  • by architect Alfred Hirschfelder Chapman[11]
  • Closed in 1996, this building is now the MacLaren Arts Centre.
Beaverton Public Library Beaverton Ontario April 28, 1910 7,000 December 5, 1913[12] 401 Simcoe St.
44°25′45″N 79°09′10″W / 44.429055°N 79.152703°W / 44.429055; -79.152703 (Beaverton Public Library)
by architect William Edward Binning,[9]
Berlin Public Library Berlin Ontario March 14, 1902 40,900 January 8, 1904[13] Queen St. and Weber St.
43°27′07″N 80°29′15″W / 43.451948°N 80.487503°W / 43.451948; -80.487503 (Berlin Public Library)
  • by architect Charles Knechtel [14]
  • Building demolished in 1962.
Bracebridge Public Library Bracebridge Ontario March 24, 1906 10,000 January 1908[15] 94 Manitoba St.
45°02′30″N 79°18′43″W / 45.041753°N 79.311901°W / 45.041753; -79.311901 (Bracebridge Public Library)
by architect George Martel Miller,[16]
Brampton Public Library Brampton Ontario April 11, 1902 12,500 1907 55 Queen St. E
43°41′14″N 79°45′31″W / 43.6871°N 79.758517°W / 43.6871; -79.758517 (Brampton Public Library)
  • by architect Alexander Frank Wickson,[17]
  • Closed in 1974; designated as a heritage building in 1982.
Brantford Public Library Brantford Ontario April 11, 1902 48,000[18] July 4, 1904[19] 73 George St.
43°08′27″N 80°15′45″W / 43.140883°N 80.262456°W / 43.140883; -80.262456 (Brantford Public Library)
Closed in the 1990s, now home to the Brantford campus of Wilfrid Laurier University.
Brockville Public Library Brockville Ontario April 13, 1903 17,500 August 13, 1904[20] 23 Buell St.
44°35′22″N 75°41′12″W / 44.589384°N 75.686768°W / 44.589384; -75.686768 (Brockville Public Library)
  • by architect Benjamin Dillon [21]
Brussels Public Library Brussels Ontario March 13, 1909 7,000 January 14, 1910[22] 402 Turnberry St.
43°44′36″N 81°15′02″W / 43.743353°N 81.250428°W / 43.743353; -81.250428 (Brussels Public Library)
  • by architect William J Ireland [23]
Calgary Public Library Calgary Alberta 80,000 January 2, 1912 1221 2nd St. SW
51°02′26″N 114°04′06″W / 51.040603°N 114.068351°W / 51.040603; -114.068351 (Calgary Public Library)
Known as Memorial Park Library since 1977.
Campbellford Public Library Campbellford Ontario January 6, 1911 8,000 November 1912 98 Bridge St. E
44°18′29″N 77°47′42″W / 44.308068°N 77.794994°W / 44.308068; -77.794994 (Brussels Public Library)
by architect William Austin Mahoney [6]
Chatham Public Library Chatham Ontario February 13, 1902 19,000 September 14, 1903 The first Carnegie library opened in Canada. Destroyed by 1983.
Clinton Public Library Clinton Ontario January 6, 1915 4,900 1905 23 Albert St.
43°37′05″N 81°32′22″W / 43.618066°N 81.539583°W / 43.618066; -81.539583 (Clinton Public Library)
The Clinton library is the only Carnegie library in Canada which was funded as an addition to an existing building, which was built in 1900.[24]
Collingwood Public Library Collingwood Ontario August 16, 1901 14,500 1904 Maple St. and Second St.
44°30′02″N 80°13′12″W / 44.500591°N 80.220087°W / 44.500591; -80.220087 (Collingwood Public Library)
  • by architect William Stewart,[25]
  • Destroyed by fire in 1963.
Cornwall Public Library Cornwall Ontario December 21, 1901 8,000 1903 Second St. and Sydney St.
45°01′08″N 74°43′36″W / 45.018924°N 74.726613°W / 45.018924; -74.726613 (Cornwall Public Library)
Demolished in 1956.
Dawson City Public Library Dawson City Yukon 1902 25,000 August 16, 1904[26] Queen St. and 4th Ave.
64°03′38″N 139°25′50″W / 64.060605°N 139.430481°W / 64.060605; -139.430481 (Dawson City Public Library)
  • By architect Robert Moncrieff [27]
  • By 1920, the population was too small to support the library, which had been extensively damaged by fire and water. This was the northernmost Carnegie library ever built. It has been a Free Mason hall since the 1930s.[28]
Dresden Public Library Dresden Ontario November 27, 1906 8,000 1913[29] 187 Brown St.
42°35′24″N 82°10′50″W / 42.589871°N 82.180672°W / 42.589871; -82.180672 (Dresden Public Library)
* by architect Arthur M Piper,[30]

This is the only remaining Carnegie building in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent still operating as a library. It was built in 1913 with a donation of $8,000 received from Andrew Carnegie in 1906. In the 1980s the building was designated an historic site under the Ontario Heritage Act. It remained unchanged for many years until after the amalgamation of the County of Kent and City of Chatham. In 2000, the townspeople of Dresden celebrated the grand opening of the refurbished library.[31]

Dundas Public Library Dundas Ontario December 30, 1904 12,000 1910[32] 10 King St. W
43°15′58″N 79°57′17″W / 43.266033°N 79.954691°W / 43.266033; -79.954691 (Dundas Public Library)
  • by architect Alfred Hirschfelder Chapman[11]
  • Closed in 1979, this building is now home to the Dundas Art & Craft Organization.[32]
Durham Public Library Durham Ontario January 6, 1911 8,000 July 1912[29] 240 Garafraxa St. N
44°10′49″N 80°49′10″W / 44.180166°N 80.819536°W / 44.180166; -80.819536 (Durham Public Library)
by architect William Austin Mahoney [6]
Edmonton Public Library Edmonton Alberta 1913[33] 75,000 August 30, 1923 MacDonald Dr. west of 100th St.
53°32′25″N 113°29′27″W / 53.540278°N 113.490833°W / 53.540278; -113.490833 (Edmonton Public Library)
The building was demolished in 1969; TELUS Plaza was erected on the former library's site.
Elmira Public Library Elmira Ontario March 18, 1911 7,000 December 26, 1913 65 Arthur St. S
43°35′49″N 80°33′31″W / 43.597068°N 80.558674°W / 43.597068; -80.558674 (Elmira Public Library)
by architect William Austin Mahoney [6]
Elora Public Library Elora Ontario March 23, 1909 6,400 1909 144 Geddes St.
43°41′02″N 80°25′51″W / 43.683886°N 80.430897°W / 43.683886; -80.430897 (Elora Public Library)
Essex Public Library Essex Ontario January 6, 1911 6,000 18 Gordon Ave.
42°10′29″N 82°49′15″W / 42.174616°N 82.820791°W / 42.174616; -82.820791 (Essex Public Library)
  • by architect James Carlisle Pennington,[34]
  • Now home to the Essex and Community Historical Research Society.
Exeter Public Library Exeter Ontario January 2, 1913 8,000 1915 Main St. and Sanders St.
43°20′50″N 81°28′50″W / 43.347270°N 81.480577°W / 43.347270; -81.480577 (Exeter Public Library)
  • by architect William Austin Mahoney [6]
  • A newer library was recently built.
Fergus Public Library Fergus Ontario January 29, 1908 7,000 1910 190 Saint Andrew St. W
43°42′18″N 80°22′43″W / 43.704951°N 80.378522°W / 43.704951; -80.378522 (Fergus Public Library)
by architect William Austin Mahoney [6]
Forest Public Library Forest Ontario May 16, 1911 5,000 1912[35] by architect William Austin Mahoney.[6] Closed in 1986.
Fort Frances Public Library Fort Frances Ontario May 8, 1914 10,000 January 15, 1915[36] 363 Church St.
48°36′32″N 93°23′37″W / 48.608761°N 93.393739°W / 48.608761; -93.393739 (Fort Frances Public Library)
by architect William Austin Mahoney [6]
Fort William (Thunder Bay) Public Library Fort William Ontario November 20, 1908 50,000 1912[37] 216 Brodie St. S
48°22′54″N 89°14′48″W / 48.381634°N 89.246629°W / 48.381634; -89.246629 (Fort William Public Library)
Galt (Cambridge) Public Library Cambridge Ontario April 11, 1902 23,000 1903 34 Water St. N
43°21′37″N 80°18′55″W / 43.360389°N 80.315327°W / 43.360389; -80.315327 (Galt Public Library)
  • by architect Frederick William Mellish,[38]
  • Closed in 1969 and now owned by a private company.
Glencoe Public Library Glencoe Ontario November 11, 1914 5,000 1923 Main St.
42°44′51″N 81°42′37″W / 42.747486°N 81.710371°W / 42.747486; -81.710371 (Glencoe Public Library)
Closed in 1993.
Goderich Public Library Goderich Ontario March 14, 1902 10,000 March 3, 1905[29] 52 Montreal St.
43°44′29″N 81°42′49″W / 43.741402°N 81.713564°W / 43.741402; -81.713564 (Goderich Public Library)
  • by architect Joseph Ades Fowler,[39]
Grand Valley Public Library Grand Valley Ontario February 13, 1909 7,500 May 1, 1913[40] 4 Amaranth St. E
43°53′58″N 80°18′49″W / 43.899424°N 80.313532°W / 43.899424; -80.313532 (Grand Valley Public Library)
  • by architect George Gray [41]
  • This building was completely destroyed by a tornado in 1985.[40] A new library was subsequently built in its place.
Gravenhurst Public Library Gravenhurst Ontario March 24, 1906 7,000 1923 275 Muskoka Rd. S
44°55′06″N 79°22′24″W / 44.918330°N 79.373426°W / 44.918330; -79.373426 (Gravenhurst Public Library)
Closed in 2000, this building is now the Carnegie Arts Centre.
Grimsby Public Library Grimsby Ontario January 6, 1911 8,000 1912 25 Adelaide St.
43°11′40″N 79°33′34″W / 43.194536°N 79.559408°W / 43.194536; -79.559408 (Grimsby Public Library)
  • by architect Arthur Edwin Nicholson [42]
  • Now used as the Grimsby Archives.
Guelph Public Library Guelph Ontario October 17, 1901 14,500 1904 100 Norfolk St.
43°32′44″N 80°15′09″W / 43.545441°N 80.2524°W / 43.545441; -80.2524 (Guelph Public Library)
  • by architect William Frye Colwill,[43]
  • Demolished in 1964 for new library.
Hamilton Public Library Hamilton Ontario March 23, 1909 100,000 May 5, 1913[44] 55 Main St. W
43°15′21″N 79°52′18″W / 43.255897°N 79.871738°W / 43.255897; -79.871738 (Hamilton Public Library)
  • by architect Alfred W. Peene [45]
  • After closing in 1980, this building is now the Unified Family Court.
Hanover Public Library Hanover Ontario May 15, 1906 10,000 October 3, 1911 451 10th Ave.
44°09′06″N 81°01′35″W / 44.151754°N 81.026359°W / 44.151754; -81.026359 (Hanover Public Library)
by architect William Edward Binning,[9]
Harriston Public Library Harriston Ontario May 8, 1908 10,000 88 Mill St.
43°54′42″N 80°52′06″W / 43.911707°N 80.868444°W / 43.911707; -80.868444 (Harriston Public Library)
by architect William Edward Binning,[9]
Hespeler Public Library Hespeler Ontario January 18, 1910 14,280 1923 23 Tannery St. E
43°25′51″N 80°18′34″W / 43.430746°N 80.309492°W / 43.430746; -80.309492 (Hespeler Public Library)
Ingersoll Public Library Ingersoll Ontario June 29, 1908 10,000 July 1, 1910[46]
Kemptville Public Library Kemptville Ontario April 23, 1906 3,000 1912 207 Prescott St.
45°00′54″N 75°38′41″W / 45.014901°N 75.644668°W / 45.014901; -75.644668 (Kemptville Public Library)
  • by architect A. Stuart Allaster [47]

Closed in 2010, now in private hands

Kenora Public Library Kenora Ontario May 21, 1913 15,000 1916[48] 24 Main St. S
49°46′06″N 94°29′23″W / 49.768317°N 94.489817°W / 49.768317; -94.489817 (Kenora Public Library)
Kincardine Public Library Kincardine Ontario April 10, 1906 5,000 1908 727 Queen St.
44°10′33″N 81°38′11″W / 44.175764°N 81.636264°W / 44.175764; -81.636264 (Kincardine Public Library)
Kingsville Public Library Kingsville Ontario March 29, 1911 5,000 1913 28 Division St. S
42°02′13″N 82°44′23″W / 42.036810°N 82.739680°W / 42.036810; -82.739680 (Kingsville Public Library)
by architect William Austin Mahoney [6]
Leamington Public Library Leamington Ontario March 21, 1910 10,000 1912[49] by architect John Alexander Maycock [50]
Lethbridge Public Library Lethbridge Alberta 25,000 January 24, 1922 601 – 3rd Ave. S
49°41′45″N 112°50′19″W / 49.695908°N 112.838633°W / 49.695908; -112.838633 (Lethbridge Public Library)
The library closed in 1974 but is now home to the Southern Alberta Art Gallery.
Lindsay Public Library Lindsay Ontario January 23, 1902 13,500 June 28, 1904 190 Kent St. W
44°21′15″N 78°44′25″W / 44.354215°N 78.740366°W / 44.354215; -78.740366 (Lindsay Public Library)
by architect George Martel Miller,[16]
Listowel Public Library Listowel Ontario November 25, 1903 10,000 1907 260 Main St. W
43°43′56″N 80°57′18″W / 43.732217°N 80.955108°W / 43.732217; -80.955108 (Listowel Public Library)
by architect William Edward Binning,[9]
Lucknow Public Library Lucknow Ontario April 20, 1905 7,500 April 6, 1910[51] 526 Campbell St.
43°57′30″N 81°30′30″W / 43.958252°N 81.508206°W / 43.958252; -81.508206 (Lucknow Public Library)
Markdale Public Library Markdale Ontario January 6, 1911 7,000 by architect Julian Charles Forster,[52]
Merritton Public Library Merritton Ontario March 31, 1916 8,500 1924 344 Merritt St.
43°08′25″N 79°12′49″W / 43.140365°N 79.213573°W / 43.140365; -79.213573 (Merritton Public Library)
  • by architect Arthur Edwin Nicholson [42]
  • Closed; now the Chestnut Woods School of Montessori Education.
Midland Public Library Midland Ontario March 21, 1910 12,500 1915[53] 526 Hugel Ave.
44°44′59″N 79°53′10″W / 44.749850°N 79.886146°W / 44.749850; -79.886146 (Midland Public Library)
  • by architect William Austin Mahoney [6]
  • Now the Library Restaurant.
Milverton Public Library Milverton Ontario December 24, 1908 7,000 June 10, 1910[54] 27 Main St. S
43°33′52″N 80°55′24″W / 43.564329°N 80.923414°W / 43.564329; -80.923414 (Milverton Public Library)
  • Library moved to new location due to accessibility laws.
Mimico Public Library Mimico Ontario February 26, 1914 7,500 March 2, 1915 47 Station Rd.
43°36′53″N 79°29′38″W / 43.614709°N 79.493930°W / 43.614709; -79.493930 (Mimico Public Library)
  • by architect Stephen Burwell Coon [55]
  • Demolished in 1966 and replaced with Mimico Centennial Library
Mitchell Public Library Mitchell Ontario March 21, 1908 6,000 105 Saint Andrew St.
43°27′59″N 81°11′48″W / 43.466332°N 81.196619°W / 43.466332; -81.196619 (Mitchell Public Library)
by architect William Edward Binning,[9]
Mount Forest Public Library Mount Forest Ontario April 10, 1909 6,000 December 1913[56] 118 Main St. N
43°58′59″N 80°44′14″W / 43.982940°N 80.737179°W / 43.982940; -80.737179 (Mount Forest Public Library)
by architect George Gray [41]
New Hamburg Public Library New Hamburg Ontario April 30, 1912 8,000 1915 145 Huron St.
43°22′42″N 80°42′45″W / 43.378279°N 80.712584°W / 43.378279; -80.712584 (New Hamburg Public Library)
New Liskeard Public Library New Liskeard Ontario April 16, 1910 10,900 50 Whitewood Ave.
47°30′30″N 79°40′20″W / 47.508430°N 79.672333°W / 47.508430; -79.672333 (New Liskeard Public Library)
  • by architect Henry Westlake Angus,[57]
  • Known since 2004 as Temiskaming Shores Public Library - New Liskeard Branch
New Westminster Public Library New Westminster British Columbia 1902 15,000 1905 This library closed in 1958.
Niagara Falls Public Library Niagara Falls Ontario December 8, 1905 15,000 1910[58] 5017 Victoria Ave.
43°06′06″N 79°04′23″W / 43.101568°N 79.073178°W / 43.101568; -79.073178 (Niagara Falls Public Library)
  • by architect Charles Martin Borter [59]
  • Closed in 1974. Occupied today by the Community Resource Centre.
North Battleford Public Library North Battleford Saskatchewan 1913 15,000 1 Railway Ave. E
52°46′21″N 108°17′57″W / 52.772488°N 108.299066°W / 52.772488; -108.299066 (Niagara Falls Public Library)
Now the Allen Sapp Gallery.
North Bay Public Library North Bay Ontario April 25, 1911 16,395
  • by architect Henry Westlake Angus,[57]
  • Now demolished.
Norwich Public Library Norwich Ontario May 8, 1915 7,000 1915? 21 Stover St. N
42°59′21″N 80°35′53″W / 42.989110°N 80.597959°W / 42.989110; -80.597959 (Norwich Public Library)
Now home to private businesses.
Norwood Public Library Norwood Ontario June 11, 1914 5,000
Orangeville Public Library Orangeville Ontario June 2, 1904 12,500 1908[60] 144 Broadway
43°55′10″N 80°05′46″W / 43.919464°N 80.096049°W / 43.919464; -80.096049 (Orangeville Public Library)
Orillia Public Library Orillia Ontario April 10, 1909 13,500 36 Mississaga St. W.
44°36′28″N 79°25′15″W / 44.607765°N 79.420802°W / 44.607765; -79.420802 (Orillia Public Library)
*by architect William Henry Croker [61]
  • Extensive renovations have effectively obscured the original building's façade.
Oshawa Public Library Oshawa Ontario November 24, 1906 14,000 1909 Athol St. and Simcoe St.
43°53′48″N 78°51′47″W / 43.896600°N 78.863149°W / 43.896600; -78.863149 (Oshawa Public Library)
  • by architect John Merven Carrerre [62]
  • Sold and demolished in 1956.
Ottawa Public Library Ottawa Ontario November 6, 1901 100,000 April 30, 1906 120 Metcalfe St.
45°25′13″N 75°41′43″W / 45.420351°N 75.695195°W / 45.420351; -75.695195 (Ottawa Public Library)
Destroyed; a new library was built at the same location.
Ottawa West Branch Public Library Ottawa Ontario March 31, 1917 15,000 November 29, 1919[63] Last Carnegie grant given in Canada.
Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library Owen Sound Ontario June 2, 1904 25,000 February 3, 1914[29] 124 1st Ave. W
44°34′20″N 80°56′43″W / 44.572221°N 80.945340°W / 44.572221; -80.945340 (Owen Sound Public Library)
by architect Julian Charles Forster,[52]
Palmerston Public Library Palmerston Ontario February 4, 1902 10,000 1903 265 Bell St.
43°49′59″N 80°50′57″W / 43.833118°N 80.849214°W / 43.833118; -80.849214 (Palmerston Public Library)
  • by architect William Frye Colwill,[43]
  • It has been speculated that the Carnegie Foundation would never have granted Palmerston its funding had it known the building would be used for several non-library purposes.[24]
Paris Public Library Paris Ontario January 2, 1903 10,000 July 27, 1904[29] 12 William St.
43°11′37″N 80°23′09″W / 43.193564°N 80.385943°W / 43.193564; -80.385943 (Paris Public Library)
by architect Alexander Frank Wickson,[17]
Parkhill Public Library Parkhill Ontario January 14, 1914 8,000 July 28, 1915[29] 233 Main St.
43°09′45″N 81°41′03″W / 43.162384°N 81.684145°W / 43.162384; -81.684145 (Parkhill Public Library)
by architect William Austin Mahoney [6]
Pembroke Public Library Pembroke Ontario December 24, 1907 14,000 1912 237 Victoria St.
45°49′31″N 77°06′47″W / 45.825189°N 77.113011°W / 45.825189; -77.113011 (Pembroke Public Library)
Notably designed by Francis Conroy Sullivan, a Canadian pupil of Frank Lloyd Wright [64]
Penetanguishene Public Library Penetanguishene Ontario December 13, 1907 13,000
Perth Public Library Perth Ontario February 13, 1906 10,000 77 Gore St. E
44°53′57″N 76°14′55″W / 44.899253°N 76.248709°W / 44.899253; -76.248709 (Perth Public Library)
  • by architect George Thomas Martin,[65]
  • After a 1980 fire, this corner building was restored and is now known as the McMillan Building.
Peterborough Public Library Peterborough Ontario March 21, 1908 30,000 1911
Picton Public Library Picton Ontario February 13, 1906 12,500 December 14, 1907 208 Main St.
44°00′26″N 77°08′30″W / 44.007310°N 77.141553°W / 44.007310; -77.141553 (Picton Public Library)
  • by architect Frank Peden,[66]
Port Elgin Public Library Port Elgin Ontario March 9, 1907 8,800 October 1908 708 Goderich St.
44°26′19″N 81°23′14″W / 44.438516°N 81.387177°W / 44.438516; -81.387177 (Port Elgin Public Library)
  • by architect Edward Demar [67]
Port Hope Public Library Port Hope Ontario January 6, 1911 10,000 1913 31 Queen St.
43°56′58″N 78°17′35″W / 43.949474°N 78.292930°W / 43.949474; -78.292930 (Port Hope Public Library)
by architect William Austin Mahoney [6]
Preston Public Library Preston Ontario February 13, 1909 12,000 1910 156 Argyle St. N
43°23′50″N 80°21′33″W / 43.397160°N 80.359124°W / 43.397160; -80.359124 (Preston Public Library)
  • by architect William Edward Binning,[9]
  • This building was closed in 1973 when Preston, Galt, and Hespeler merged to form Cambridge library system.
Regina Public Library Regina Saskatchewan 1910 50,000 May 11, 1912 1900 Lorne St.
50°26′56″N 104°36′49″W / 50.448781°N 104.613705°W / 50.448781; -104.613705 (Regina Public Library)
Demolished and replaced in 1962.
Renfrew Public Library Renfrew Ontario March 16, 1915 16,000 13 Railway Ave.
45°28′22″N 76°41′04″W / 45.472864°N 76.684528°W / 45.472864; -76.684528 (Renfrew Public Library)
by architects Joseph A. Humphris & Richard Hubert Millson [68]
Saint John Public Library Saint John New Brunswick 50,000 1904 20 Hazen Ave.
45°16′31″N 66°03′47″W / 45.275281°N 66.063194°W / 45.275281; -66.063194 (Saint John Public Library)
Closed in 1983, this building is now home to the Saint John Arts Centre.
Sarnia Public Library Sarnia Ontario January 10, 1902 20,000 December 1, 1903 Demolished in 1960.
Sault Ste. Marie Public Library Sault Ste. Marie Ontario December 14, 1901
1907
10,000
15,500
1903
1909
Queen St. and East St.
46°30′28″N 84°19′40″W / 46.507738°N 84.327670°W / 46.507738; -84.327670 (Sault Ste. Marie Public Library)
  • by architect Edward Demar [67]
  • The first library was destroyed by fire in 1907. Carnegie reluctantly donated for a second library in 1909.
Seaforth Public Library Seaforth Ontario July 20, 1908 10,000 April 1912 108 Main St. S
43°33′11″N 81°23′36″W / 43.553172°N 81.393463°W / 43.553172; -81.393463 (Seaforth Public Library)
Carnegie's secretary, James Bertram, who not only organized but decided upon many new library grants himself,[69] is buried outside Seaforth with his wife (a Seaforth native).
Selkirk Public Library Selkirk Manitoba 1908 10,000 June 1909 Eaton Ave. and Eveline St.
50°08′33″N 96°52′12″W / 50.142559°N 96.870137°W / 50.142559; -96.870137 (Selkirk Public Library)
This building was declared structurally unsafe in 1959 and later demolished.
Shelburne Public Library Shelburne Ontario January 21, 1911 6,000 1912 201 Owen Sound St.
44°04′46″N 80°12′18″W / 44.079324°N 80.204945°W / 44.079324; -80.204945 (Shelburne Public Library)
Simcoe Public Library Simcoe Ontario January 31, 1910 10,000 1912 23 Argyle St.
42°50′15″N 80°18′11″W / 42.837496°N 80.302944°W / 42.837496; -80.302944 (Simcoe Public Library)
  • by architect Ralph K. Shepard [70]
  • Closed in 1984; now occupied by a law firm.
Smiths Falls Public Library Smiths Falls Ontario January 23, 1902 11,000 February 25, 1904 81 Beckwith St. N
44°54′10″N 76°01′17″W / 44.902693°N 76.021417°W / 44.902693; -76.021417 (Smiths Falls Public Library)
First library in Canada visited by Andrew Carnegie (April 28, 1906).[71]
St. Catharines Public Library St. Catharines Ontario December 31, 1901 25,000 January 2, 1905 59 Church St.
43°09′33″N 79°14′46″W / 43.159116°N 79.246243°W / 43.159116; -79.246243 (St. Catharines Public Library)
Building demolished in 1977, replaced by Ontario Court of Justice building
St. Marys Public Library St. Marys Ontario March 8, 1904 10,000 July 1905 15 Church St. N
43°15′37″N 81°08′27″W / 43.260248°N 81.140737°W / 43.260248; -81.140737 (St. Marys Public Library)
  • by architect Joseph A. Humphris [72]
St. Thomas Public Library St. Thomas Ontario March 20, 1903 27,000 February 6, 1906[73] 9 Mondamin St.
42°46′46″N 81°11′35″W / 42.779414°N 81.193019°W / 42.779414; -81.193019 (St. Thomas Public Library)
  • by architect Neil R. Darrach [74]
  • Closed in the early 1970s, this building now hosts the St. Thomas Planning Office.
Stirling Public Library Stirling Ontario April 13, 1914 5,000 43 W Front St.
44°17′36″N 77°33′34″W / 44.293222°N 77.559399°W / 44.293222; -77.559399 (Stirling Public Library)
by architect William Austin Mahoney [6]
Stouffville Public Library Stouffville Ontario April 28, 1913 5,000 1923 7 Main St. E
43°58′30″N 79°13′52″W / 43.974902°N 79.231220°W / 43.974902; -79.231220 (Stouffville Public Library)
  • by architect Frederick Frank Saunders [75]
  • Closed in 1974 as the library moved to a larger building.
Stratford Public Library Stratford Ontario December 14, 1901 15,000 September 19, 1903 19 Andrew St.
43°22′16″N 80°59′09″W / 43.371039°N 80.985721°W / 43.371039; -80.985721 (Stratford Public Library)
Sydney Public Library Sydney Nova Scotia May 8, 1903 15,000 May 8, 1903
  • by architect Charles Benjamin Chappell [76]
Sydney Public Library Sydney Nova Scotia March 7, 1903 15,000 March 7, 1903
  • by architect George Edgar Hutchinson,[77]
Tavistock Public Library Tavistock Ontario April 13, 1914 7,500 1916 31 Maria St.
43°19′08″N 80°50′07″W / 43.318840°N 80.835270°W / 43.318840; -80.835270 (Tavistock Public Library)
Teeswater Public Library Teeswater Ontario April 8, 1907 10,000 1914? 2 Clinton St. S
43°59′53″N 81°17′12″W / 43.998159°N 81.286624°W / 43.998159; -81.286624 (Teeswater Public Library)
by architect William Edward Binning,[9]
Thorold Public Library Thorold Ontario April 26, 1902 10,000 April 1912[78] 1 Ormond St. S
43°07′30″N 79°11′56″W / 43.124884°N 79.198964°W / 43.124884; -79.198964 (Thorold Public Library)
  • by architect Arthur Edwin Nicholson [42]
  • Heritage designation, now a senior citizens centre.
Tillsonburg Public Library Tillsonburg Ontario January 2, 1913 10,000 1915 Broadway St. and Washington Grande Ave.
42°51′44″N 80°43′46″W / 42.862183°N 80.729442°W / 42.862183; -80.729442 (Tillsonburg Public Library)
  • by architect William Austin Mahoney [6]
  • Replaced in 1974 by a newr library on the same site.
Toronto Public Library — Beaches Branch Toronto Ontario August 8, 1908 15,000 December 6, 1916 2161 Queen St. E
43°40′13″N 79°17′53″W / 43.670283°N 79.298175°W / 43.670283; -79.298175 (Toronto Public Library — Beaches Branch)
Toronto Public Library — Central Reference Branch Toronto Ontario January 23, 1903 275,000 September 8, 1909 214 College St.
43°39′31″N 79°23′47″W / 43.658706°N 79.396477°W / 43.658706; -79.396477 (Toronto Public Library — Central Reference Branch)
Toronto Public Library — High Park Branch Toronto Ontario August 8, 1908 15,000 April 15, 1915 228 Roncesvalles Ave.
43°38′41″N 79°26′54″W / 43.644722°N 79.448466°W / 43.644722; -79.448466 (Toronto Public Library — High Park Branch)
Toronto Public Library — Queen & Lisgar Branch Toronto Ontario January 23, 1903 25,000 April 30, 1909 1115 Queen St. W
43°38′36″N 79°25′24″W / 43.643258°N 79.423427°W / 43.643258; -79.423427 (Toronto Public Library — Queen & Lisgar Branch)
Closed in 1964, this building is now used by City of Toronto Public Health.
Toronto Public Library — Riverdale Branch Toronto Ontario January 23, 1903 25,000 October 19, 1910 370 Broadview Ave.
43°39′57″N 79°21′10″W / 43.665901°N 79.352794°W / 43.665901; -79.352794 (Toronto Public Library — Riverdale Branch)
Toronto Public Library — Wychwood Branch Toronto Ontario August 8, 1908 20,000 October 31, 1916 1431 Bathurst St.
43°40′55″N 79°25′04″W / 43.682011°N 79.417821°W / 43.682011; -79.417821 (Toronto Public Library — Wychwood Branch)
Toronto Public Library — Yorkville Branch Toronto Ontario January 23, 1903 25,000 June 13, 1907 22 Yorkville Ave.
43°40′19″N 79°23′19″W / 43.671810°N 79.388624°W / 43.671810; -79.388624 (Toronto Public Library — Yorkville Branch)
Toronto Junction Public Library Toronto Junction Ontario April 6, 1908 20,000 September 1, 1909 145 Annette St.
43°39′49″N 79°27′58″W / 43.663589°N 79.466221°W / 43.663589; -79.466221 (Toronto Junction Public Library)
  • by architect James Augustus Ellis [79]
  • Renamed Annette St. Branch in 1962.
Vancouver Public Library Vancouver British Columbia March 25, 1901 50,000 October 1, 1903 401 Main St.
49°16′56″N 123°05′58″W / 49.282232°N 123.099580°W / 49.282232; -123.099580 (Vancouver Public Library)
  • by architect George William Grant [80]
  • Closed in 1957. Since 1980, it has been the Carnegie Community Centre, but there is still a branch library operating on the first floor.
Victoria Public Library Victoria British Columbia 1905 794 Yates St.
48°25′34″N 123°21′44″W / 48.425999°N 123.362201°W / 48.425999; -123.362201 (Victoria Public Library)
  • by architect Thomas Hooper [81]
  • Closed in 1980 and currently vacant.
Walkerton Public Library Walkerton Ontario March 29, 1911 10,000 253 Durham St. E
44°08′00″N 81°08′57″W / 44.133347°N 81.149205°W / 44.133347; -81.149205 (Walkerton Public Library)
by architect George Gray [41]
Wallaceburg Public Library Wallaceburg Ontario March 24, 1906 11,500 December 12, 1907 by architect Arthur M Piper,[30]
Waterloo Public Library Waterloo Ontario July 18, 1902 10,000 November 1, 1905 40 Albert St.
43°28′01″N 80°31′29″W / 43.466830°N 80.524598°W / 43.466830; -80.524598 (Waterloo Public Library)
Watford Public Library Watford Ontario May 17, 1912 6,000 5317 Nauvoo Rd.
42°57′00″N 81°52′48″W / 42.949930°N 81.879985°W / 42.949930; -81.879985 (Watford Public Library)
by architect William Austin Mahoney [6]
Welland Public Library Welland Ontario December 8, 1913 25,000 1923 140 King St.
42°59′22″N 79°15′04″W / 42.989391°N 79.251041°W / 42.989391; -79.251041 (Welland Public Library)
Now the Welland Museum.
Weston Public Library Weston Ontario January 2, 1913 10,000 December 29, 1914 2 King St.
43°42′05″N 79°31′14″W / 43.701479°N 79.520574°W / 43.701479; -79.520574 (Weston Public Library)
Now part of Toronto Public Library system.
Whitby Public Library Whitby Ontario April 8, 1911 1914 132 Dundas St. W
43°52′46″N 78°56′36″W / 43.879570°N 78.943344°W / 43.879570; -78.943344 (Whitby Public Library)
  • by architect William Austin Mahoney [6]
  • Closed in 1973, this building is now used as a law office.
Winnipeg Public Library — Williams Avenue Winnipeg Manitoba 75,000 October 11, 1905 380 William Ave.
49°54′03″N 97°08′41″W / 49.900702°N 97.144695°W / 49.900702; -97.144695 (Winnipeg Public Library — Williams Ave)
  • by architect James Chisholm [83]
  • Closed in 1994 and now home to the City of Winnipeg Archives.
Winnipeg Public Library — Cornish Branch Winnipeg Manitoba 1915 35,000 20 West Gate
49°52′41″N 97°09′32″W / 49.878094°N 97.159007°W / 49.878094; -97.159007 (Winnipeg Public Library — Williams Ave)
Winnipeg Public Library — St. John's Branch Winnipeg Manitoba 1915 35,000 500 Salter St.
49°55′31″N 97°07′59″W / 49.925302°N 97.132972°W / 49.925302; -97.132972 (Winnipeg Public Library — Williams Ave)
Windsor Public Library Windsor Ontario February 13, 1901 27,000 October 16, 1903 Park St. and Victoria St.
42°18′57″N 83°02′25″W / 42.31592°N 83.04035°W / 42.31592; -83.04035 (Windsor Public Library)
First Carnegie library granted in Canada.
Woodstock Public Library Woodstock Ontario July 6, 1905 24,000 1909 449 Hunter St.
43°07′52″N 80°45′45″W / 43.131102°N 80.762525°W / 43.131102; -80.762525 (Woodstock Public Library)
  • by architect William Craven Vaux Chadwick,[86]

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Further reading[edit]

  • Beckman, Margaret; Stephen Langmead, John B. Black (1984). The Best Gift: a Record of the Carnegie Libraries in Ontario. Toronto: Dundurn Press Ltd. ISBN 0-919670-82-2. 
  • Yvan Lamonde, Patricia Lockhart Fleming, Fiona A. Black, ed. (2005). "The Evolution of Public Libraries". History of the Book in Canada: 1840-1918. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. pp. 254–260. ISBN 0-8020-8012-X.