List of Carnegie libraries in Massachusetts

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The following list of Carnegie libraries in Massachusetts provides detailed information on United States Carnegie libraries in Massachusetts, where 43 public libraries were built from 35 grants (totaling $1,137,500) awarded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York from 1901 to 1917. In addition, academic libraries were built at 5 institutions (totaling $513,846).

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 Ashland Ashland Ashland Public Library, April 2010, MA.jpg Feb 20, 1903 $10,000 66 Front St.
2 Athol Athol Athol Library, Athol MA.jpg Mar 14, 1902 $22,000 568 Main St.
3 Berkley Berkley Berkley Library.jpg Feb 6, 1915 $5,000 1 N. Main St.
4 Brockton Brockton BrocktonMA PublicLibrary.jpg Apr 16, 1910 $110,000 304 Main St.
5 Chelsea Chelsea ChelseaMA PublicLibrary.jpg Jul 20, 1908 $60,000 569 Broadway
6 Clinton Clinton Bigelow Library, Clinton MA.jpg Mar 8, 1901 $25,000 54 Walnut St.
7 Dighton Dighton DightonMA PublicLibrary.jpg Feb 15, 1905 $6,000 395 Main St.
8 Edgartown Edgartown Edgartown Public Library, Edgartown MA.jpg Apr 26, 1902 $4,000 58 N. Water St.
9 Granby Granby Granby Public Library, Granby MA.jpg Mar 31, 1916 $5,000 Library Ln.
10 Holliston Holliston Public Library, Holliston MA.jpg Jan 6, 1903 $10,000 752 Washington St.
11 Hudson Hudson Public Library, Hudson, MA.jpg Jan 6, 1903 $12,500 3 Washington St.
12 Lakeville Lakeville Old Lakeville Public Library, MA.jpg Jul 13, 1912 $5,000 241 Main St.
13 Lee Lee Public Library, Lee, MA.jpg Nov 25, 1903 $12,000 100 Main St.
14 Leominster Leominster Leominster Public Library, Leominster MA.jpg Dec 24, 1906 $27,500 30 West St. Hartwell, Richardson & Driver, architects.
15 Lynn Haywood Lynn LynnMA FormerHaywoodBranchLibrary.jpg Mar 16, 1915 $50,000 270 Broadway No longer a library.
16 Lynn Houghton Lynn LynnMA FormerHoughtonBranchLibrary.jpg Mar 16, 1915 833 Western Ave. No longer a library.
17 Marlborough Marlborough Public Library, Marlborough, MA.jpg Apr 26, 1902 $30,000 35 W. Main St.
18 Melrose Melrose Melrose Public Library, MA.jpg Dec 30, 1901 $25,000 69 W. Emerson St.
19 Millbury Millbury Millbury Public Library - Millbury, MA - DSC04616.JPG Mar 16, 1915 $12,500 128 Elm St.
20 Needham Needham 1916 Needham library.png Jan 13, 1903 $10,000 Demolished in the 1960s
21 New Marlborough New Marlborough Feb 3, 1917 $5,000 Burned down Jun 16, 1996
22 Reading Reading Carnegie Library, Reading MA.jpg Jan 2, 1902 $15,000 16 Lowell St. Now part of the town hall
23 Revere Revere RevereMA PublicLibrary.jpg Oct 3, 1901 $20,000 179 Beach St.
24 Rockland Rockland Rockland Library.jpg Jan 13, 1903 $12,500 20 Belmont St.
25 Rockport Rockport Andrew Carnegie Library, Rockport MA.jpg Jun 18, 1903 $10,000 18 Jewett St. Now a private residence
26 Saugus Saugus Nov 9, 1916 $17,000 Demolished in the 1990s
27 Sharon Sharon Sharon Public Library, Sharon MA.jpg Mar 14, 1913 $10,000 11 N. Main St.
28 Somerville Central Somerville Somerville library 1.jpg Apr 8, 1907 $123,000 79 Highland Ave.
29 Somerville East Somerville SomervilleMA EastSomervilleLibrary.jpg Apr 8, 1907 115 Broadway
30 Somerville West Somerville SomervilleMA WestSomervilleBranchLibrary.jpg Apr 8, 1907 40 College Ave.
31 South Hadley South Hadley SouthHadleyMA Library.jpg Dec 8, 1905 $10,000 27 Bardwell St.
32 Springfield Central Springfield SpringfieldMA CentralLibrary Front.jpg Mar 30, 1905 $260,000 220 State St.
33 Springfield Forest Park Springfield SpringfieldMA ForestParkBranchLibrary.jpg Mar 30, 1905 380 Belmont Ave.
34 Springfield Indian Orchard Springfield Indian Orchard Branch Library, Indian Orchard MA.jpg Mar 30, 1905 44 Oak St.
35 Springfield Memorial Square Springfield City Library, Memorial Square Branch, Springfield MA.jpg Mar 30, 1905 22 St. George Rd.
36 Stoneham Stoneham StonehamMA PublicLibrary.jpg Jan 13, 1903 $15,000 431 Main St.
37 Taunton Taunton Taunton Public Library.jpg Apr 26, 1902 $70,000 12 Pleasant St.
38 Turners Falls Turners Falls Turners Falls Library, Turners Falls MA.jpg Mar 27, 1903 $13,500 201 Avenue A
39 Walpole Walpole Walpole Public Library, Walpole MA.jpg Jul 16, 1901 $15,000 65 Common St.
40 West Springfield West Springfield WestSpringfieldMA PublicLibrary.jpg Sep 20, 1915 $25,000 200 Park St.
41 Worcester Francis Perkins Worcester Greendale Branch Library Worcester MA.jpg Jul 1, 1910 $75,000 470 W. Boylston St. Greendale Branch Library
42 Worcester Quinsigamond Worcester Quinsigamond Branch Library.jpg Jul 1, 1910 812 Millbury St.
43 Worcester South Worcester Worcester South Worcester Branch Library.jpg Jul 1, 1910 705 Southbridge St.

Academic libraries[edit]

Institution Locality Image Year
granted
[3]
Grant
amount
[3]
Location Notes
1 Mount Holyoke College South Hadley Williston Library, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley MA.jpg Dec 31, 1903 $50,000 Mount Holyoke College campus Williston Memorial Library
2 Radcliffe College Cambridge Schlesinger Library - Radcliffe Yard, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - DSC04489.jpg Mar 31, 1905 $73,900 10 Garden Street/Radcliffe Quad Schlesinger Library
3 Smith College Northampton Neilson Library, Smith College, Northampton MA.jpg Jul 13, 1905 $62,500 Smith College campus Neilson Library
4 Tufts College Medford Tufts EatonHall 01.jpg Dec 19, 1904 $100,000 Tufts University campus Eaton Hall (no longer functions as a library)
5 Wellesley College Wellesley Margaret Clapp Library - Wellesley College - DSC09625.JPG Mar 31, 1905
Jan 6, 1915
$132,000
$95,446
Wellesley College campus Margaret Clapp Library

See also[edit]

Notes[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 (Lynn, Somerville, Springfield, and Worcester) are listed only by their total amount, not broken down for each branch.
  3. ^ a b Miller, pp. 38–40

References[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 without support from the others. Reader discretion is advised.