List of Carnegie libraries in New York City

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The following list of Carnegie libraries in New York City provides detailed information on United States Carnegie libraries in New York City, where 67 libraries were built with funds from one grant totaling $5,202,261 (worth some $147 million today), awarded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York on December 8, 1899. Although the original grant was negotiated in 1899, most of the grant money was awarded as the libraries were built between 1901 and 1923.

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

Carnegie libraries in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island[edit]

In Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island, 39 libraries were built and became part of the New York Public Library.

Library Borough Image Location[1] Notes[1][2]
1 115th Street Manhattan NYPL 115th Street Branch, Manhattan.jpg 203 W. 115th St.
40°48′10″N 73°57′14″W / 40.80278°N 73.95389°W / 40.80278; -73.95389 (115th Street Branch)
Designed by McKim, Mead & White and opened in 1908.
2 125th Street Manhattan NYPL 125th Street Branch, Manhattan.jpg 224 E. 125th St.
40°48′10.89″N 73°56′5.52″W / 40.8030250°N 73.9348667°W / 40.8030250; -73.9348667 (125th Street Branch)
Designed by McKim, Mead & White and opened in 1904.
3 135th Street Manhattan NYPL Former 135th Street Branch, Manhattan.jpg 103 W. 135th St.
40°48′52.31″N 73°56′28.98″W / 40.8145306°N 73.9413833°W / 40.8145306; -73.9413833 (135th Street Branch)
Designed by McKim, Mead & White and opened in 1905. Now part of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research center of The New York Public Library.
4 58th Street Manhattan 121-7 East 58th Street Designed by Carrère & Hastings and opened May 10, 1907. It was demolished and replaced by a new branch in two floors of an office tower at 127 East 58th Street, which opened in 1969.
5 67th Street Manhattan NYPL 67th Street Branch, Manhattan.jpg 328 E. 67th St.
40°45′53.69″N 73°57′34.29″W / 40.7649139°N 73.9595250°W / 40.7649139; -73.9595250 (67th Street Branch)
Designed by Babb, Cook & Willard in the style of the Yorkville branch and opened in 1905, this building has undergone two extensive renovations in the 1950s and 2005.
6 96th Street Manhattan NYPL 96th Street Branch, Manhattan.jpg 112 E. 96th St.
40°47′9.57″N 73°57′6.34″W / 40.7859917°N 73.9517611°W / 40.7859917; -73.9517611 (96th Street Branch)
Designed by Babb, Cook & Willard and opened in September 22, 1905.
7 Aguilar Manhattan NYPL Aguilar Branch, Manhattan.jpg 174 E. 110th St.
40°47′39.11″N 73°56′36.32″W / 40.7941972°N 73.9434222°W / 40.7941972; -73.9434222 (Aguilar Branch)
Designed by Herts & Tallant, this building opened as a branch of The New York Public Library in November 1905. "This library is apparently not an entirely new building but is rather an extensive renovation of the earlier [1899] Aguilar Library building on the same site."[3]
8 Chatham Square Manhattan NYPL Chatham Square Branch, Manhattan.jpg 33 E. Broadway
40°42′48.25″N 73°59′47.44″W / 40.7134028°N 73.9965111°W / 40.7134028; -73.9965111 (Chatham Square Branch)
Designed by McKim, Mead & White and opened in 1903.
9 Columbus Manhattan NYPL Columbus Branch, Manhattan.jpg 742 10th Ave.
40°45′53.85″N 73°59′28.53″W / 40.7649583°N 73.9912583°W / 40.7649583; -73.9912583 (Columbus Branch)
Designed by Babb, Cook & Willard and opened in 1909.
10 Epiphany Manhattan NYPL Epiphany Branch, Manhattan.jpg 228 E. 23rd St.
40°44′17.18″N 73°58′55.06″W / 40.7381056°N 73.9819611°W / 40.7381056; -73.9819611 (Epiphany Branch)
Designed by Carrère & Hastings and opened in September 1907.
11 Fordham The Bronx 2556 Bainbridge Ave.
40°51′45.76″N 73°53′34.5″W / 40.8627111°N 73.892917°W / 40.8627111; -73.892917 (Fordham Branch)
Designed by McKim, Mead & White and opened in 1923, this building was the Fordham Library Center, The New York Public Library's central branch in the Bronx, through 2005, when it closed and was replaced by the newly constructed Bronx Library Center.
12 Fort Washington Manhattan NYPL Fort Washington Branch, Manhattan.jpg 535 W. 179th St.
40°50′52.12″N 73°56′2.41″W / 40.8478111°N 73.9340028°W / 40.8478111; -73.9340028 (Fort Washington Branch)
Designed by Cook & Welch and opened in April 1914.
13 Hamilton Fish Manhattan 388-92 East Houston Street Designed by Carrère & Hastings and opened in 1909, the building was razed during the widening of Houston Street. A public housing project now stands at its original site. A new Hamilton Fish Park Branch opened at 415 East Houston Street in 1960.
14 Hamilton Grange Manhattan NYPL Hamilton Grange Branch, Manhattan.jpg 503 W. 145th St.
40°49′32.2″N 73°56′53.04″W / 40.825611°N 73.9480667°W / 40.825611; -73.9480667 (Hamilton Grange Branch)
Designed by McKim, Mead & White and opened in 1907.
15 Harlem Manhattan NYPL Harlem Branch, Manhattan.jpg 9 W. 124th St.
40°48′22.29″N 73°56′35.86″W / 40.8061917°N 73.9432944°W / 40.8061917; -73.9432944 (Harlem Branch)
Designed by McKim, Mead & White and opened in 1909, this building was renovated in 2004 at a cost of nearly $4 million.
16 High Bridge The Bronx 78 W. 168th St.
40°50′17.48″N 73°55′25.37″W / 40.8381889°N 73.9237139°W / 40.8381889; -73.9237139 (High Bridge Branch)
Designed by Carrère & Hastings and opened in 1908. Demolished in 1975 and replaced by a new High Bridge Branch on the same site.
17 Hudson Park Manhattan NYPL Hudson Park Branch, Manhattan.jpg 66 Leroy St.
40°43′47.95″N 74°0′18.57″W / 40.7299861°N 74.0051583°W / 40.7299861; -74.0051583 (Hudson Park Branch)
Designed by Carrère & Hastings and opened in 1906.
18 Hunt's Point The Bronx Hunts Point NYPL 877 Southern Blvd jeh.jpg 877 Southern Blvd.
40°49′7.11″N 73°53′38.68″W / 40.8186417°N 73.8940778°W / 40.8186417; -73.8940778 (Hunt's Point Branch)
Designed by Carrère & Hastings and completed in 1929, this was the final Carnegie building added to the New York Public Library system.
19 Kingsbridge The Bronx 3041 Kingsbridge Ave.
40°52′44.18″N 73°54′26.79″W / 40.8789389°N 73.9074417°W / 40.8789389; -73.9074417 (Kingsbridge Branch)
Designed by McKim, Mead & White and opened May 19, 1905. This branch outgrew its original building and closed in 1958. It is now the Spuyten Duyvil Preschool.
20 Melrose The Bronx 910 Morris Ave.
40°49′35.73″N 73°55′3.42″W / 40.8265917°N 73.9176167°W / 40.8265917; -73.9176167 (Melrose Branch)
A Carrère & Hastings design, this branch opened January 16, 1914. It was originally four stories but was reduced to two in 1959.
21 Morrisania The Bronx 610 E. 169th St.
40°49′53″N 73°54′6.16″W / 40.83139°N 73.9017111°W / 40.83139; -73.9017111 (Morrisania Branch)
Designed by Babb, Cook & Willard and opened in 1908.
22 Mott Haven The Bronx 321 E. 140th St.
40°48′41.49″N 73°55′27.42″W / 40.8115250°N 73.9242833°W / 40.8115250; -73.9242833 (Mott Haven Branch)
The oldest library building in the Bronx, this branch opened in 1905, designed by Carrère & Hastings.
23 Muhlenberg Manhattan NYPL Muhlenberg Branch, Manhattan.jpg 209 W. 23rd St.
40°44′40.02″N 73°59′45.61″W / 40.7444500°N 73.9960028°W / 40.7444500; -73.9960028 (Muhlenberg Branch)
Designed by Carrère and Hastings, this branch opened February 19, 1906.
24 Port Richmond Staten Island NYPL Port Richmond Branch, Staten Island.jpg 75 Bennett St.
40°38′15.19″N 74°7′52.14″W / 40.6375528°N 74.1311500°W / 40.6375528; -74.1311500 (Port Richmond Branch)
Designed by Carrère & Hastings and opened in 1905.
25 Riverside Manhattan 190 Amsterdam Ave.
40°46′35.9″N 73°59′1.04″W / 40.776639°N 73.9836222°W / 40.776639; -73.9836222 (Riverside Branch)
Designed by Carrère & Hastings and opened in 1905, this building stood until 1969, when it was replaced by a newer library building on the same site. That branch was replaced by another in 1992, at 127 Amsterdam Ave.
26 Rivington Street Manhattan NYPL Rivington Street Branch, Manhattan.jpg 61 Rivington St.
40°43′15.15″N 73°59′24.84″W / 40.7208750°N 73.9902333°W / 40.7208750; -73.9902333 (Rivington Street Branch)
Designed by McKim, Mead & White and opened in 1905, the building is now a church.
27 Saint Agnes Manhattan NYPL Saint Agnes Branch, Manhattan.jpg 444 Amsterdam Ave.
40°47′5.44″N 73°58′38.96″W / 40.7848444°N 73.9774889°W / 40.7848444; -73.9774889 (Saint Agnes Branch)
Designed by Babb, Cook & Willard, this branch opened in 1906.
28 Saint Gabriel's Park Manhattan 303-5 East 36th Street Designed by McKim, Mead & White and opened in 1908. Razed in order to construct the Queens–Midtown Tunnel.
29 Saint George Staten Island NYPL Saint George Branch, Staten Island.jpg 5 Central Ave.
40°38′30.18″N 74°4′35.94″W / 40.6417167°N 74.0766500°W / 40.6417167; -74.0766500 (Saint George Branch)
Known today as the St. George Library Center, this Carrère and Hastings work opened on June 26, 1907, and is the largest library on Staten Island.
30 Seward Park Manhattan NYPL Seward Park Branch, Manhattan.jpg 192 E. Broadway
40°42′52.08″N 73°59′18.68″W / 40.7144667°N 73.9885222°W / 40.7144667; -73.9885222 (Seward Park Branch)
Designed by Babb, Cook & Willard, this branch opened on November 11, 1909.
31 Stapleton Staten Island NYPL Stapleton Branch, Staten Island.jpg 132 Canal St.
40°37′35.25″N 74°4′40.78″W / 40.6264583°N 74.0779944°W / 40.6264583; -74.0779944 (Stapleton Branch)
Designed by Carrère & Hastings and opened in 1907.
32 Tompkins Square Manhattan NYPL Tompkins Square Branch, Manhattan.jpg 331 E. 10th St.
40°43′38.39″N 73°58′49.5″W / 40.7273306°N 73.980417°W / 40.7273306; -73.980417 (Tompkins Square Branch)
Designed by McKim, Mead & White, this branch opened in 1904.
33 Tottenville Staten Island Tottenville NYPL jeh.JPG 7430 Amboy Rd.
40°30′34.5″N 74°14′38.79″W / 40.509583°N 74.2441083°W / 40.509583; -74.2441083 (Tottenville Branch)
A Carrère and Hastings design, this branch opened in 1904.
34 Tremont The Bronx 1866 Washington Ave.
40°50′45.72″N 73°53′54.04″W / 40.8460333°N 73.8983444°W / 40.8460333; -73.8983444 (Tremont Branch)
Designed by Carrère & Hastings and opened in 1905.
35 Washington Heights Manhattan NYPL Washington Heights Branch, Manhattan.jpg 1000 St. Nicholas Ave.
40°50′4.26″N 73°56′22.81″W / 40.8345167°N 73.9396694°W / 40.8345167; -73.9396694 (Washington Heights Branch)
Designed by Carrère & Hastings, this branch opened in 1914.
36 Webster Manhattan NYPL Webster Branch, Manhattan.jpg 1465 York Ave.
40°46′14.27″N 73°57′4.6″W / 40.7706306°N 73.951278°W / 40.7706306; -73.951278 (Webster Branch)
This Babb, Cook & Willard work opened on October 24, 1906.
37 West 40th Street Manhattan 457 West 40th Street Designed by Cook & Welch, this building opened in 1913 and is now part of the Covenant House complex.
38 Woodstock The Bronx 761 E. 160th St.
40°49′13.45″N 73°54′19.4″W / 40.8204028°N 73.905389°W / 40.8204028; -73.905389 (Woodstock Branch)
Designed by McKim, Mead & White and opened in 1914.
39 Yorkville Manhattan NYPL Yorkville Branch, Manhattan.jpg 222 E. 79th St.
40°46′25.15″N 73°57′22.72″W / 40.7736528°N 73.9563111°W / 40.7736528; -73.9563111 (Yorkville Branch)
Designed by James Brown Lord, this branch opened December 13, 1902, the first Carnegie library built in New York City.

Carnegie libraries in Brooklyn[edit]

Brooklyn received $1.6 million ($45.4 million today) of the entire grant to construct 21 libraries for the Brooklyn Public Library.

Library Image Location Notes
1 Arlington
2 Bedford Bedford BPL Hancock Pl jeh.jpg
3 Brownsville
4 Bushwick Bushwick BPL jeh.JPG
5 Carroll Park BPL Union Clinton jeh.JPG Union and Clinton Streets
6 DeKalb
7 Eastern Parkway
8 Flatbush Flatbush Public Library, Brooklyn, 1915.png 22 Linden Blvd. at Flatbush Ave.
9 Fort Hamilton
10 Greenpoint
11 Leonard Leonard Devoe BPL jeh.jpg 81 Devoe St. at Leonard St., Williamsburg Opened in 1908; designed by William Tubby
12 Macon
13 Pacific Pacific BPL with bus jeh.jpg Pacific St & 4th Ave
14 Prospect BPL Prospect Branch jeh.JPG Park Slope
15 Red Hook
16 Saratoga
17 South
18 Stone Avenue
19 Walt Whitman St Edwards BPL jeh.jpg Saint Edwards Place, Ft Greene
20 Washington Irving
21 Williamsburg 240 Division Avenue 40°42′25″N 73°57′27″W / 40.70694°N 73.95750°W / 40.70694; -73.95750

Carnegie libraries in Queens[edit]

Queens received $240,000 ($6.8 million today) from the grant and built seven libraries for the Queens Library.

Library Image Location Notes
1 Astoria QPL Astoria Blvd 14th St jeh.jpg
2 Elmhurst Elmhurst QPL jeh.jpg
3 Far Rockaway
4 Flushing
5 Poppenhusen Poppenhusen QPL jeh.JPG
6 Richmond Hill
7 Woodhaven

Notes[edit]

See also:

  1. ^ a b "Libraries and Hours, NYPL". Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  2. ^ Dierickx, Mary B. (1996). The Architecture of Literacy: The Carnegie Libraries of New York City, pp. 104-186. Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and the New York City Dept. of General Services, New York. ISBN 1-56256-717-9.
  3. ^ Dierickx. The Architecture of Literacy, p. 125.

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. 
  • Dierickx, Mary B. (1996). The Architecture of Literacy: The Carnegie Libraries of New York City. New York: Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and the New York City Dept. of General Services. ISBN 1-56256-717-9. 

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.

External links[edit]

Historic Districts Council pages on Carnegie libraries in Brooklyn and The Bronx.