List of Carnegie libraries in Kentucky

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List of Carnegie libraries in Kentucky is located in Kentucky
Corbin
Corbin
Covington
Covington
Henderson
Henderson
Hickman
Hickman
Hopkinsville
Hopkinsville
Lawrenceburg
Lawrenceburg
Lexington
Lexington
Louisville (9)
Louisville (9)
Newport
Newport
Owensboro
Owensboro
Paris
Paris
Shelbyville
Shelbyville
Somerset
Somerset
Berea College
Berea College
Centre College
Centre College
Winchester
Winchester
Kentucky Carnegie library buildings still standing

The following list of Carnegie libraries in Kentucky provides detailed information on United States Carnegie libraries in Kentucky, where 23 public libraries were built from 15 grants (totaling $795,300) awarded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York from 1899 to 1914. In addition, academic libraries were built at 4 institutions (totaling $101,500). As of 2013, 24 of these buildings are still standing, and 7 still operate as libraries.

Key[edit]

      Building still operating as a library
      Building standing, but now serving another purpose
      Building no longer standing
      Building listed on the National Register of Historic Places
      Building contributes to a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places

Public libraries[edit]

Library City or
town
Image Date
granted
[1]
Grant
amount
[1][2]
Location Notes
1 Corbin Corbin Corbin Carnegie Library.jpg Apr 13, 1914 $6,000 402 Roy Kidd Ave.
36°56′59″N 84°05′38″W / 36.94972°N 84.09389°W / 36.94972; -84.09389 (Corbin)
2 Covington Covington KentonCoLibrary.jpg Jan 15, 1900 $85,000 1028 Scott Blvd.
39°04′48″N 84°30′26″W / 39.08000°N 84.50722°W / 39.08000; -84.50722 (Covington)
Now the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center containing five art galleries and a theater[3]
3 Henderson Henderson Carnegie library in Henderson, Kentucky.jpg Jul 3, 1901 $25,000 101 S. Main St.
4 Hickman Hickman Hickman Carnegie Library.jpg Nov 27, 1906 $10,000 312 Main St.
36°34′18″N 89°11′07″W / 36.57167°N 89.18528°W / 36.57167; -89.18528 (Hickman)
5 Hopkinsville Hopkinsville Dec 3, 1912 $15,000 708 Liberty St. Vacant since the library moved in 1977. Undergoing restoration, to reopen as the Hopkinsville Carnegie Library of Kentucky Architecture
6 Lawrenceburg Lawrenceburg Apr 6, 1908 $5,800 108 E. Woodford St.
7 Lexington Lexington Jan 16, 1902 $60,000 251 W. 2nd St.
8 Louisville Main Louisville Louisville Public Library.jpg Nov 11, 1899 $450,000 301 W. York St.
38°14′40″N 85°45′28″W / 38.24444°N 85.75778°W / 38.24444; -85.75778 (Louisville_Main)
Main branch of Louisville Free Public Library
9 Louisville Crescent Hill Louisville Louisville Crescent Hill Branch library.jpeg Nov 11, 1899 2762 Frankfort Ave.
38°15′16″N 85°41′29″W / 38.25444°N 85.69139°W / 38.25444; -85.69139 (Louisville_Crescent_Hill)
10 Louisville Eastern Louisville Louisville Eastern Colored Branch.jpg Nov 11, 1899 600 Lampton St.
11 Louisville Highland Louisville Nov 11, 1899 1000 Cherokee Rd.
12 Louisville Jefferson Louisville Old Louisville Jefferson Branch library.jpg Nov 11, 1899 1718 W. Jefferson St.
38°15′22″N 85°46′47″W / 38.25611°N 85.77972°W / 38.25611; -85.77972 (Louisville_Jefferson)
13 Louisville Parkland Louisville Old Louisville Parkland Branch library.jpg Nov 11, 1899 2743 Virginia Ave.
14 Louisville Portland Louisville Louisville Portland Branch library.jpg Nov 11, 1899 3305 Northwestern Parkway
15 Louisville Shelby Park Louisville Carnegie Library in Louisville.jpg Nov 11, 1899 600 E. Oak St.
38°14′01″N 85°44′44″W / 38.23361°N 85.74556°W / 38.23361; -85.74556 (Louisville_Shelby_Park)
16 Louisville Western Louisville Louisville Free Public Library, Western Colored Branch.jpg Nov 11, 1899 604 S. 10th St.
38°14′59″N 85°46′03″W / 38.24972°N 85.76750°W / 38.24972; -85.76750 (Louisville_Western)
17 Middlesboro Middlesboro Nov 20, 1908 $15,000
18 Newport Newport Oct 30, 1899 $26,500 401 Monmouth St.
19 Owensboro Owensboro Owensboro Carnegie Library.jpg Nov 18, 1903 $30,000 901 Frederica Ave.
37°46′02″N 87°06′45″W / 37.76722°N 87.11250°W / 37.76722; -87.11250 (Owensboro)
20 Paducah Paducah Oct 13, 1901 $35,000 Burned December 30, 1964.
21 Paris Paris Jan 2, 1903 $12,000 701 High St.
22 Shelbyville Shelbyville Dec 30, 1901 $10,000 309 8th St.
38°12′45″N 85°13′17″W / 38.21250°N 85.22139°W / 38.21250; -85.22139 (Shelbyville)
23 Somerset Somerset Somerset school, Carnegie library section.jpg Dec 8, 1905 $10,000 300 College St.
37°05′45″N 84°36′06″W / 37.09583°N 84.60167°W / 37.09583; -84.60167 (Somerset)

Academic libraries[edit]

Institution Locality Image Year
granted
[4]
Grant
amount
[4]
Location Notes
1 Berea College Berea Mar 10, 1904 $30,000 Now called the Frost Building, houses classrooms
2 Centre College Danville CentreCollege-oldcarnegie-front.JPG Feb 13, 1913 $30,000 Open 1913–1967
3 Kentucky Wesleyan College Winchester Jul 9, 1913 $15,000 15 Wheeler Ave. County Parks and Recreation
4 University of Kentucky Lexington Mar 12, 1906 $26,500

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b At various times, Bobinski and Jones disagree on these numbers. In these cases, Jones' numbers have been used due to both a more recent publication date and a more detailed gazetteer of branch libraries, which are often where the discrepancies occur.
  2. ^ Grants for multiple libraries (Louisville) are listed only by their total amount, not broken down for each branch.
  3. ^ Smith, Steve et al (2007). "Arts Organizations". Cincinnati USA City Guide. Cincinnati Magazine. p. 14. Retrieved 2013-05-06. 
  4. ^ a b Miller, pp. 38–40

Further reading[edit]

  • Anderson, Florence (1963). Carnegie Corporation Library Program 1911–1961. New York: Carnegie Corporation. OCLC 1282382. 
  • Bobinski, George S. (1969). Carnegie Libraries: Their History and Impact on American Public Library Development. Chicago: American Library Association. ISBN 0-8389-0022-4. 
  • Jones, Theodore (1997). Carnegie Libraries Across America. New York: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 0-471-14422-3. 
  • Miller, Durand R. (1943). Carnegie Grants for Library Buildings, 1890–1917. New York: Carnegie Corporation of New York. OCLC 2603611. Note: The above references, while all authoritative, are not entirely mutually consistent. Some details of this list may have been drawn from one of the references (usually Jones) without support from the others. Reader discretion is advised.