List of Carnegie libraries in Minnesota

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The following list of Carnegie libraries in Minnesota provides detailed information on Carnegie libraries in Minnesota, United States, where 65 public libraries were built from 57[1] grants (totaling $969,375) awarded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York from 1901 to 1918. In addition, Hamline University in Saint Paul was awarded a $30,000 grant on March 12, 1906, to construct an academic library. In Minnesota grants were given between 1899 and 1918.[2]

Of Minnesota's 66 original Carnegie libraries, 48 are still standing. 25 continue to house public libraries while others have been adapted into art centers or office space. Of the 18 lost libraries, one burned down and the rest were demolished, often because they were unworkably deficient in handicap accessibility. 38 of the surviving libraries are listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).[2]

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
[3]
Grant
amount
[3][4]
Location[2] Notes[2]
1 Aitkin Aitkin Aitkin Carnegie Library.jpg Apr 23, 1908 $6,500 121 2nd St NW 1911 library, now an art center.[5]
2 Albert Lea Albert Lea Apr 11, 1902 $13,000 146 College St W Built 1903, now offices.
3 Alexandria Alexandria Alexandria Carnegie Library.jpg Feb 2, 1903 $12,000 7th Ave W & Filmore St Built 1903, now offices.
4 Anoka Anoka Mar 27, 1903 $12,500 Demolished Built 1904, razed 1965.
5 Austin Austin Oct 3, 1901 $15,000 Demolished Built 1904, razed 1996.
6 Bemidji Bemidji Bemidji Carnegie Library.jpg Feb 10, 1908 $12,500 426 Bemidji Ave Built 1909, now an art gallery.
7 Benson Benson Apr 3, 1912 $7,500 Demolished Built 1913, razed 1994.
8 Brainerd Brainerd Brainerd Carnegie Library.jpg Jan 6, 1903 $12,000 206 7th St N Built 1904, now offices.
9 Browns Valley Browns Valley Browns Valley Carnegie Library.jpg Jan 31, 1914 $5,500 Broadway Ave & 2nd St Built 1915.
10 Chatfield Chatfield 2011-0115-ChatfieldPL.jpg Jul 9, 1913 $6,000 314 Main St S Built 1915, still houses public library.
11 Coleraine Coleraine Dec 16, 1908 $15,000 203 Cole Ave Built 1910, still houses public library.
12 Crookston Crookston CrookstonMnLibrary.jpg Nov 25, 1903 $17,500 110 N. Ash St. Built 1907.
13 Dawson Dawson Dawson Carnegie Library.jpg Mar 31, 1916 $9,000 677 Pine St Built 1918, now offices.
14 Detroit Lakes Detroit Lakes Detroit Lakes Library HABS.jpg Dec 23, 1911 $10,000 1000 Washington Ave Built 1913, still houses public library.
15 Duluth (Main) Duluth Duluth Public Library.jpg Oct 7, 1899 $75,000 101 2nd St W Built 1902.
16 Duluth Lincoln Duluth Lincoln Branch Library 1.jpg Oct 7, 1899 $30,000 2227 W 2nd St Built 1917, now an art institute.
17 Duluth West Duluth Duluth Oct 7, 1899 $20,000 Demolished Built 1912, razed 1992.
18 Eveleth Eveleth Feb 20, 1911 $15,000 614 Pierce St Built 1914, still houses public library.
19 Fairmont Fairmont Feb 12, 1903 $10,000 Demolished Built 1904, razed 1968.
20 Fergus Falls Fergus Falls Feb 20, 1904 $21,475 121 Union St N Built 1905, now offices.
21 Glenwood Glenwood 2013-0408-GlenwoodPublicLibrary.jpg May 2, 1907 $10,000 108 1st Ave SE Built 1908, still houses public library.
22 Graceville Graceville May 21, 1913 $7,000 Demolished Built 1915, razed 1999.
23 Grand Rapids Grand Rapids Jan 19, 1905 $10,000 21 5th St NE Built 1905, now offices.
24 Hibbing Hibbing Apr 23, 1906 $25,000 Demolished Built 1908, razed in the 1950s.
25 Hutchinson Hutchinson Hutchinson, MN Carnegie Library 1.jpg Apr 13, 1903 $12,500 50 Hassan St SE Built 1904, still houses public library.
26 Janesville Janesville 2009-0805-JanesvilleFreePubLib.jpg May 2, 1911 $5,000 102 2nd St W Built 1912, still houses public library.
27 Lake City Lake City Nov 7, 1917 $13,000 Demolished Built 1917, razed 1967.
28 Litchfield Litchfield Litchfield, MN, Carnegie Library Building.jpg Feb 12, 1903 $10,000 201 Sibley Ave S Built 1904, now commercial space.
29 Little Falls Little Falls Mar 14, 1902 $10,000 108 3rd St NE Built 1904, still houses public library.
30 Luverne Luverne Luverne Public Library.jpg Mar 27, 1903 $10,000 205 Freeman Ave N Built 1904, now an art center.
31 Madison Madison Madison Carnegie Library.jpg Feb 1, 1905 $8,000 401 6th Ave Built 1905, still houses public library.
32 Mankato Mankato 2009-0805-MN-Mankato-LibraryReadingRm.jpg Feb 6, 1901 $40,000 120 Broad Rd S Built 1902, now an art center.
33 Mapleton Mapleton 2009-0805-Mapleton-CarnegieLib.jpg Mar 25, 1905 $5,000 104 1st Ave NE Built 1910, still houses public library.
34 Marshall Marshall Feb 12, 1903 $10,000 Demolished Built 1904, razed 1966.
35 Minneapolis Central Minneapolis Apr 3, 1912 $125,000 Demolished Built 1915, razed 1971.
36 Minneapolis Franklin Minneapolis Franklin Branch Library 2.JPG Apr 3, 1912 1314 Franklin Ave E Built 1914, still houses public library.
37 Minneapolis Hosmer Minneapolis 36th St Library 2.jpg Apr 3, 1912 347 36th St E Built 1916, still houses public library.
38 Minneapolis Sumner Minneapolis Sumner Branch Library.jpg Apr 3, 1912 611 VanWhite Memorial Blvd Built 1915, still houses public library.
39 Montevideo Montevideo Montevideo Carnegie Library.jpg Dec 16, 1905 $10,000 125 3rd St N Built 1906, now community space.
40 Moorhead Moorhead Feb 29, 1904 $12,000 Demolished Built 1906, razed 1963.
41 Morris Morris Morris Carnegie Library.jpg Dec 4, 1903 $10,000 Nevada Ave & 6th St Built 1905, still houses public library.
42 Mountain Iron Mountain Iron Mountain Iron Lenoidas Merritt IMG 1449.JPG Jan 14, 1914 $8,000 5742 Mountain Ave Built 1915, still houses public library.
43 Northfield Northfield Northfield Carnegie Library.jpg Jan 8, 1908 $10,000 210 Washington St Built 1910, still houses public library.
44 Ortonville Ortonville Ortonville Free Library.jpg Aug 11, 1913 $10,000 412 2nd St NW Built 1915, still houses public library.
45 Park Rapids Park Rapids Park Rapids Carnegie Library.jpg May 8, 1908 $5,000 101 2nd St W Open 1910–1994, now houses offices
46 Pipestone Pipestone Pipestone Public Library.JPG Mar 22, 1903 $10,000 217 Hiawatha Ave S Built 1904, now a senior center.
47 Preston Preston Dec 2, 1909 $8,000 101 Saint Paul St NW Built 1909, still houses public library.
48 Red Wing Red Wing Dec 14, 1901 $17,000 Demolished Built 1903, razed 1968.
49 Redwood Falls Redwood Falls Redwood Falls Carnegie Library.jpg Nov 25, 1903 $10,000 334 Jefferson St S Housed library 1904–1995, now private business offices.[6]
50 St. Cloud St. Cloud Feb 16, 1901 $25,000 Demolished Built 1902, razed 1981.
51 St. Paul Arlington Hills St. Paul Arlington Hills Library 2012.jpg May 8, 1914 $75,000 1105 Greenbrier St Built 1917, still houses public library.
52 St. Paul Riverview St. Paul Riverview Branch Library.JPG May 8, 1914 1 E George St Built 1917, still houses public library.
53 St. Paul St. Anthony Park St. Paul St Anthony Park Branch Library.jpg May 8, 1914 2245 Como Ave W Built 1917, still houses public library.
54 St. Peter St. Peter 2009-0805-MN-StPeter-Carnegie.jpg Jan 6, 1903 $10,000 429 Minnesota Ave S Built 1904, now offices.
55 Sauk Centre Sauk Centre Sauk Centre Carnegie Library.jpg Feb 12, 1903 $11,000 430 Main St S Built 1904, now a public library and art center.
56 Spring Valley Spring Valley Spring Valley Carnegie Library.jpg Mar 27, 1903 $8,000 201 Broadway Ave S Built 1904, now city offices.
57 Stillwater Stillwater Stillwater Carnegie Library.jpg Jul 3, 1901 $27,500 224 3rd St N Built 1902, still houses public library.
58 Thief River Falls Thief River Falls Carnegie library thief river falls.jpg Jan 31, 1914 $12,500 102 Main Ave S Built 1914, now county offices.
59 Two Harbors Two Harbors Two Harbors Carnegie Library.jpg Feb 10, 1908 $15,000 320 Waterfront Dr Built 1909, still houses public library.
60 Virginia Virginia Dec 20, 1904 $10,000 Demolished Built 1907, razed 1953.
61 Walker Walker Apr 8, 1910 $6,500 Demolished Built 1910, burned down 1976.
62 White Bear White Bear Jul 13, 1912 $5,000 Demolished Built 1914, razed 1973.
63 Willmar Willmar Jan 13, 1903 $11,000 Demolished Built 1904, razed 1967.
64 Worthington Worthington Jun 1, 1903 $10,000 Demolished Built 1905, razed 1966.
65 Zumbrota Zumbrota Zumbrota Carnegie Library.jpg Nov 27, 1906 $6,500 320 East Avenue Built 1908, now an art center.

Academic libraries[edit]

Library City or
town
Image Date
granted
[3]
Grant
amount
[3][4]
Location[2] Notes[2]
1 Hamline University Saint Paul Mar 12, 1906 $30,000 1536 Hewitt Ave Built 1907, now the alumni center.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Jones erroneously reports this number as 64, while Bobinski reports the number of grants at 58. However, Jones lists 65 public libraries in his gazetteer, and Anderson lists 57 grants.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Clemens, Kevin (2011). Carnegie Libraries of Minnesota. Lake Elmo, Minn.: Demontreville Press, Inc. ISBN 978-0-9789563-7-0. 
  3. ^ a b c d 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.
  4. ^ a b Grants for multiple libraries (Minneapolis and St. Paul) are listed only by their total amount, not broken down for each branch (excepting Duluth, for which individuals amounts are known).
  5. ^ "Jacques Art Center". Jacques Art Center. Retrieved 2012-09-05. 
  6. ^ "About the Library". Redwood County Public Library. 2009. Retrieved 2012-09-05. 

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. 
  • Clemens, Kevin (2011). Carnegie Libraries of Minnesota. Lake Elmo, Minn.: Demontreville Press, Inc. ISBN 978-0-9789563-7-0. 
  • 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.