List of Carnegie libraries in New Jersey

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The following list of Carnegie libraries in New Jersey provides information on United States Carnegie libraries in New Jersey, where 36 libraries were built from grants totaling $1,066,553 awarded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York from 1900 to 1917. There are 17 municipal libraries with Carnegie buildings still in operation as public librares (*).[1] Two have become academic 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

Carnegie libraries[edit]

Library Municipality Image Date
granted
[2]
Grant
amount
[2][3]
Location Status
1 Atlantic City Atlantic City Carnegie Library Center.jpg Jan 22, 1903 $71,075 Now part of Stockton University
2 Avon Avon-by-the-Sea May 15, 1916 $5,000 *Avon Public Library[1]
3 Bayonne Bayonne Bayonne FPL jeh.jpg Apr 13, 1903 $83,000 697 Avenue C
4 Belleville Belleville Bellville Pub Lib 221 Wash Av Belleville, NJ 07109 jeh.jpg Apr 28, 1909 $20,000
5 Belmar Belmar Jan 14, 1914 $13,000
6 Caldwell Caldwell Jan 8, 1908 $10,000 *Caldwell Public Library[4]
7 Camden Main Camden CamdenFreePublicLibraryMain2013 01.JPG Jan 2, 1903 $120,000 616 Broadway Closed in 1986
8 Camden Cooper Camden Cooper Library Camden NJ.JPG Jan 2, 1903 Now part of Rutgers–Camden
9 Camden East Camden Camden Jan 2, 1903 Razed[5]
10 Collingswood Collingswood Jan 5, 1916 $15,000 Razed[5]
11 Cranford Cranford Jan 20, 1908 $10,000 Razed[5] 1962[6]
12 East Orange Main East Orange Jan 18, 1900 $116,000 291 Main Street Now East Orange Municipal Court
13 East Orange Elmwood East Orange Jan 18, 1900
14 East Orange Franklin East Orange Jan 18, 1900
15 Edgewater Edgewater Edgewater Library.JPG Mar 16, 1915 $15,000 49 Hudson Ave.
16 Elizabeth Main Elizabeth ElizabethPublicLibrary.jpg Feb 3, 1910 $130,810
17 Elizabeth Liberty Square Elizabeth Feb 3, 1910 240 Elizabeth Ave. Now a senior citizen center
18 Englewood Englewood Jul 9, 1913 $25,000 Office building[5]
19 Freehold Freehold Mar 27, 1903 $11,000 28 1/2 East Main Street
20 Kearny Kearny Kearny Public Library main entrance.jpg Jan 16, 1906 $27,600 318 Kearny Ave.
21 Lakewood Lakewood Feb 3, 1917 $12,500
22 Little Falls Little Falls Apr 3, 1917 $10,000 Razed[5]
23 Long Branch Long Branch Feb 3, 1917 $30,000 *Long Branch Free Public Library[7]
24 Montclair Bellevue Montclair 185 Bellevue Ave Montclair NJ-SWM-TLW- 2012-09-23.jpg Mar 8, 1901 $60,000 185 Bellevue Ave. Opened December 26, 1914[8]
25 Montclair Montclair Montclair Mar 8, 1901 73 Church St. Building used as Unitarian Church[9]
26 New Brunswick New Brunswick NewBrunswickPublicLibrary.jpg Mar 14, 1902 $52,500 *New Brunswick Free Public Library[10]
27 Nutley Nutley Feb 13, 1913 $20,000 *Nutley Public Library[11]
28 Orange Orange Apr 19, 1915 $1,500 348 Main St. The grant was for the purchase of a new library branch.[12]
29 Perth Amboy Perth Amboy Mar 8, 1901 $50,450
30 Plainfield Plainfield Feb 7, 1911 $50,000 Razed[5]
31 Summit Summit Feb 1, 1909 $21,000 Razed[5] Replaced by newer Summit Public Library in 1964[13]
32 Union Union Hill 43rdStreetUnionHillLibrary.png Feb 5, 1904 $25,000 *Union City Public Library[14]
Union City
33 Verona Verona Mar 31, 1916 $11,000 *Verona Public Library[15][16]
34 Vineland Vineland Feb 2, 1903 $12,000 Senior center[5][17]
35 West Hoboken West Hoboken Musto Center.jpg Feb 4, 1902 $25,000 William Musto Cultural Center[18][19]
Union City
36 Westfield Westfield Dec 30, 1904 $15,000 266 E. Broad St. Library relocated 1954,[20][21] now a business complex

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Avon Public Library". avonbytheseanj.com. Retrieved 2011-10-03. The Avon Public Library is one of only four Carnegie buildings in Monmouth County, and only one of only seventeen in the State of New Jersey. 
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Grants for multiple libraries (Camden, East Orange, Elizabeth, and Montclair) are listed only by their total amount, not broken down for each branch.
  4. ^ Caldwell Public Library
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "Carnegie libraries by state" (PDF). American Volksporting Association. 1996. Retrieved 2011-10-03. 
  6. ^ Figlar, John (April 23, 2010), "Union County Glimpse Of History 4/25/10", The Star-Ledger, retrieved 2011-10-07, The library in Cranford was built in the Doric style. In 1955, a survey by the State Bureau of Public and School Library Services concluded that Cranford needed a new, larger library building. The Miln Street building was razed in 1962, a year after this photo was taken, and the site is now a parking lot. The new public library building is located at 224 Walnut Ave. On April 18, the Cranford Public Library system celebrated its 100th year of service to the community. 
  7. ^ "History of the Long Branch Library" (PDF). Libraries of Miidlesex Automation Consortium. Retrieved 2011-10-07. 
  8. ^ "A brief history of the Montlair Public Library". Montclair Public Library. 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-03. 1914 The Bellevue Avenue Branch Library opened on December 26th of this year. The original design of the building remains intact today. 
  9. ^ "A brief History of the Montlair Public Library". Montclair Public Library. 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-03. 1904 After 35 years and six different locations, the Montclair Public Library had its first purpose-built library building on the former site of the Munn Tavern. The library at 73 Church Street served as the Main Library for 50 years. This building is now part of the Unitarian Church, located at the intersection of Valley Road and Church Street. 
  10. ^ "About the Library". New Brunswick Free Public Library. Retrieved 2011-10-04. 
  11. ^ "Library History". Nutley Public Library. 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-03. 
  12. ^ Bobinski does not list this library.
  13. ^ "History of Summit -- Union County, New Jersey". nynjctbotany.org. 2009-10-17. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  14. ^ Union City Public Library
  15. ^ "Verona Landmarks Preservation Commission". Township of Verona, New Jersey. Retrieved 2011-10-04. 
  16. ^ "Verona Public Library". Verona Public Library. Retrieved 2011-10-04. 
  17. ^ Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society (2011), Vineland, Arcadia Publishing, p. 92, ISBN 978-0-7385-7395-3 
  18. ^ Mestanza, Jean-Pierre (June 11, 2011), "William V. Musto Cultural Center in Union City officially opens", The Jersey Journal, retrieved 2011-10-04 
  19. ^ Sanabria, Santo (June 22, 2011), "New UC center holds museums, senior center But some controversy as it honors convicted", The Hudson Reporter, retrieved 2011-10-04 
  20. ^ "History of the Westfield Memorial Library" (PDF). Westfield Memorial Library. Retrieved 2011-10-04. 
  21. ^ Salomon, Jane (2010), Westfield, Arcadia Publishing, ISBN 978-0-7385-7368-7 

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.

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