List of Carnegie libraries in Ohio

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The following list of Carnegie libraries in Ohio provides detailed information on United States Carnegie libraries in Ohio, where 104 public libraries were built from 79[1] grants (totaling $2,846,484) awarded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York from 1899 to 1915. In addition, academic libraries were built at 8 institutions (totaling $368,445).

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
[2]
Grant
amount
[2][3]
Location Notes
1 Akron Akron Former Carnegie Library, Akron, UH USA.jpg Dec 24, 1901 $82,000 69 E. Market St. Open 1904–1942, now law offices
2 Alliance Alliance Jan 13, 1903 $25,000 Demolished 1974
3 Amherst Amherst Mar 8, 1904 $10,000 221 Spring St.
4 Ashtabula Ashtabula Mar 6, 1901 $15,000 335 W. 44th St.
5 Athens Athens Dec 16, 1903 $30,000
6 Bellefontaine Bellefontaine Carnegie library in Bellefontaine.jpg Jan 6, 1903 $14,000 140 N. Main St. Closed 1994, now county offices
7 Bellevue Bellevue Jan 13, 1903 $13,600 224 E. Main St.
8 Bristolville Bristolville Apr 25, 1911 $6,000 1855 Greenville Rd.
9 Bryan Bryan PB020121 Bryan Carnegie Library.JPG Feb 12, 1903 $10,000 107 E. High St.
10 Bucyrus Bucyrus Carnegie library in Bucyrus.jpg Jun 1, 1903 $15,000 200 E. Mansfield St.
11 Cambridge Cambridge Guernsey County District Public Library.jpg Jan 22, 1902 $21,000 800 Steubenville Ave.
12 Canton Canton Canton Public Library, 236 3rd St., SW, Canton, OH 7-23-2010 12-39-00 PM.JPG Apr 15, 1901 $60,000 236 3rd St. SW Open 1903–1978, now law offices
13 Carey Carey Dec 30, 1904 $8,000 236 E. Findlay St.
14 Celina Celina Dec 30, 1904 $12,000 303 N. Main St. Building replaced by the Dwyer Mercer County District Library in 1970. After further expansion, name changed to Mercer County District Library in 1994.
15 Chillicothe Chillicothe Apr 13, 1903 $30,000 140 S. Paint St.
16 Cincinnati Avondale Cincinnati Carnegie lib 700 2.jpg Apr 9, 1902 $286,000 3566 Reading Rd. Opened 1913
17 Cincinnati Cumminsville Cincinnati Apr 9, 1902 4219 Hamilton Ave. Opened 1908, now Northside Branch
18 Cincinnati East End Cincinnati Former Carnegie library in Columbia-Tusculum.jpg Apr 9, 1902 3738 Eastern Ave. Open 1907–1959
19 Cincinnati Hyde Park Cincinnati Apr 9, 1902 2747 Erie Ave. Built 1912
20 Cincinnati North Cincinnati Cincinnati Apr 9, 1902 2802 Vine St. Opened 1907, now Corryville Branch
21 Cincinnati Norwood Norwood Nov 3, 1904 $23,000 4325 Montgomery Rd. Opened 1907
22 Cincinnati Price Hill Cincinnati Cincinnati Price Hill Carnegie Library.jpg Apr 9, 1902 3215 Warsaw Ave. Opened 1909
23 Cincinnati Walnut Hills Cincinnati Apr 9, 1902 2533 Kemper Ln. Opened 1906
24 Cincinnati West End Cincinnati Apr 9, 1902 924 Dayton St. Opened 1908, demolished 1947
25 Cleveland Broadway Cleveland Apr 4, 1903 $590,000 5437 Broadway Ave. Open 1906–1987, now a church
26 Cleveland Brooklyn Cleveland Brooklyn Carnegie Library, Cleveland Ohio.jpg Apr 4, 1903 3706 Pearl Rd. Opened 1919
27 Cleveland South Brooklyn South Brooklyn Mar 27, 1903 $11,800 Open 1905–1936
28 Cleveland Carnegie West Cleveland Carnegie West.jpg Apr 4, 1903 1900 Fulton Rd. Opened 1910
29 Cleveland East 79th Cleveland Apr 4, 1903 1215 E. 79th St. Open 1916–1989, now a drug abuse treatment program
30 Cleveland Hough Cleveland Afommus.jpg Apr 4, 1903 1765 Crawford Rd. Open 1907–1984, now African American Museum
31 Cleveland Jefferson Cleveland Apr 4, 1903 850 Jefferson Ave. Opened 1918
32 Cleveland Lorain Cleveland Lorain Ave Carnegie Library in the City of Cleveland, Ohio.jpg Apr 4, 1903 8216 Lorain Ave. Opened 1912
33 Cleveland Miles Park Cleveland Apr 4, 1903 9250 Miles Park Ave.
34 Cleveland Quincy Cleveland Apr 4, 1903 2390 E. 79th St. Open 1914–1977
35 Cleveland Saint Clair Cleveland Apr 4, 1903 1368 E. 55th St. Open 1905–1946, now Goodrich-Gannett Neighborhood Center
36 Cleveland South Cleveland South Branch Carnegie Library in Cleveland, Ohio.jpg Apr 4, 1903 3096 Scranton Rd.
37 Cleveland Sterling Cleveland Apr 4, 1903 2200 E. 30th St. Opened 1913
38 Cleveland Superior Cleveland Apr 4, 1903 1351 E. 105th St. Closed 1990
39 Cleveland Woodland Cleveland Apr 4, 1903 5806 Woodland Ave. Opened 1904, burned 1957
40 Clyde Clyde Clyde-Carnegie Library PC110097.jpg Dec 2, 1904 $12,500 222 W. Buckeye St.
41 Columbus Columbus Dec 30, 1901 $200,000 96 S. Grant Ave.
42 Conneaut Conneaut Dec 2, 1904 $25,000 282 State St. Open 1909–1998, vacant
43 Coshocton Coshocton Coshocton Carnegie library.jpg Dec 27, 1902 $17,000 4th and Chestnut Sts. Open 1904–1974, vacant
44 Dayton East 5th Dayton Jan 6, 1911 $50,000 2160 E. 5th St. formerly housed the Dayton Southeast Priority Board (1999-2012), during which time (2008) it received an Ohio Historic Preservation Merit Award; currently being used as the administrative office for the St. Mary Development Organization
45 Dayton West 5th Dayton Jan 6, 1911 Burned in 1979
46 Defiance Defiance Defiance Public Library.jpg Nov 25, 1903 $22,000 320 Fort St.
47 Delaware Delaware Delaware Public Library entrance.jpg Dec 27, 1902 $21,500 101 N. Sandusky St.
48 Delphos Delphos May 2, 1911 $12,500 309 W. 2nd St. Opened 1912
49 East Cleveland East Cleveland Dec 20, 1904 $35,000 14101 Euclid Ave.
50 East Liverpool East Liverpool Carnegie Public Library, East Liverpool.jpg Jun 30, 1899 $50,000 219 E. 4th St. First (along with Steubenville) Carnegie Library in Ohio
51 Fostoria Fostoria Mar 20, 1903 $20,000 205 Perry St. Opened 1914, extensively altered
52 Galion Galion GalionOhLibrary.jpg Apr 11, 1902 $15,000 123 N. Market St.
53 Gallipolis Gallipolis Carnegie library in Gallipolis.jpg Dec 27, 1902 $12,500 61 State St. Now a school district office
54 Geneva Geneva Dec 14, 1908 $10,000 117 W. Main St. Open 1910–1997, now a courthouse
55 Germantown Germantown Dec 20, 1904 $10,000 47 W. Center St. Closed 1984, now historical society
56 Greenville Greenville Greenville Carnegie Library.jpg Mar 7, 1901 $25,000 520 Sycamore St.
57 Kent Kent Aug 16, 1901 $11,500 312 W. Main St.
58 Kenton Kenton Old Kenton Public Library.jpg Jan 22, 1902 $20,000 121 N. Detroit St. Now a dentist office
59 Kinsman Kinsman Mar 29, 1911 $7,000 6420 Church St.
60 Lakewood Lakewood May 2, 1907 $44,600 15425 Detroit Ave.
61 Lebanon Lebanon Feb 20, 1903 $10,000 101 S. Broadway Opened 1908
62 Lima Lima Jun 21, 1901 $34,000
63 London London Mar 14, 1902 $10,000 20 E. 1st St.
64 Lorain Lorain Jul 8, 1902 $30,000 329 W. 10th St.
65 Madison Madison Jun 1, 1915 $10,000 126 W. Main St. Open 1919–1974, now village hall
66 Mansfield Mansfield Mansfield-ohio-library.jpg Mar 27, 1903 $37,000 43 W. 3rd St.
67 Marietta Marietta Jan 2, 1913 $30,000 615 5th St.
68 Marion Marion Former library in Marion, Ohio.jpg Dec 27, 1902 $30,000 244 S. Main St. Open 1907–1980, now a church
69 Marysville Marysville Nov 27, 1906 $10,000
70 Maumee Maumee Sep 29, 1915 $10,000 501 River Rd.
71 Miamisburg Miamisburg Dec 24, 1908 $12,500 426 Central Ave. Open 1910–1981, now a civic center
72 Middleport Middleport Middleport Public Library.jpg Jan 31, 1911 $8,100 178 S. 3rd St.
73 Middletown Middletown Apr 26, 1902 $25,000 1320 1st Ave. Open 1913–1983, vacant
74 Milan Milan Jan 6, 1911 $8,000 19 E. Church St.
75 Mount Sterling Mount Sterling Jan 23, 1911 $10,000 60 W. Columbus St.
76 Napoleon Napoleon Mar 29, 1911 $10,000 Open 1913–1965, now library storage
77 New London New London Jun 11, 1914 $10,000 67 S. Main St. Opened 1916
78 Norwalk Norwalk Feb 2, 1903 $15,000 46 W. Main St. Opened 1905
79 Paulding Paulding Paulding County Carnegie Library.jpg Jul 13, 1912 $40,000 205 S. Main St. The first Carnegie library to serve an entire county
80 Pickerington Pickerington Pickerington Carnegie Library.jpg Jan 27, 1912 $10,000 15 W. Columbus St. Now houses township historical society
81 Pomeroy Pomeroy Jan 27, 1912 $10,000 200 E. 2nd St. Open 1914–1989, now law offices
82 Portsmouth Portsmouth Portsmouth Public Library.JPG Jul 8, 1901 $50,000 1220 Gallia St. Opened 1906
83 Ripley Ripley Union Township Library in Ripley.jpg Jan 2, 1913 $10,000 27 Main St. Opened 1915
84 Rockford Rockford Jan 18, 1910 $10,000 162 S. Main St.
85 Salem Salem Jan 22, 1903 $20,000 821 E. State St. Opened 1905
86 Sandusky Sandusky Sandusky Library.jpg Aug 7, 1899 $50,000 114 W. Adams St. Opened 1901. On property adjacent to the Library is the former Erie County Jail, built in 1883. In 1996, the Library purchased the Jail from Erie County and embarked upon a $10 million expansion project to renovate and connect the two National Register of Historic Landmarks buildings with new space. The Grand Opening and Rededication of the new Library was held on January 11, 2004.
87 Steubenville Steubenville Steubenville Carnegie library.jpg Jun 30, 1899 $62,000 407 S. 4th St. Opened 1902
88 Tiffin Tiffin Feb 15, 1912 $25,000 108 Jefferson St. Open 1913–1976, now court offices
89 Toledo Jermain Toledo Dec 16, 1905 $125,000 315 Galena St. Open 1918–1974, now a church
90 Toledo Kent Toledo Dec 16, 1905
91 Toledo Locke Toledo Dec 16, 1905 806 Main St. Open 1917–2007, vacant
92 Toledo Mott Toledo Dec 16, 1905
93 Toledo South Toledo Dec 16, 1905 1638 Broadway Open 1918–2004, vacant
94 Upper Sandusky Upper Sandusky Jan 23, 1911 $10,000 224 W. Johnson St. Open 1914–1984, now a doctor's office
95 Warren Warren Warren Public Library.jpg Apr 23, 1903 $28,384 120 High St., NW
96 Washington Court House Washington Court House Dec 30, 1901 $15,500 127 S. North St.
97 Wauseon Wauseon Nov 25, 1903 $8,000 117 E. Elm St. Opened 1906
98 Wellsville Wellsville Feb 15, 1912 $10,000 115 9th St.
99 Willoughby Willoughby Dec 13, 1906 $14,500 30 Public Sq. Opened 1909
100 Wilmington Wilmington Wilmington Carnegie library on North South Street.jpg Feb 4, 1902 $12,500 268 N. South St. Opened 1904
101 Wooster Wooster Feb 2, 1903 $15,000
102 Xenia Xenia Jan 10, 1902 $23,500 194 E. Church St. Open 1906–1978, vacant
103 Youngstown Youngstown Feb 19, 1908 $50,000 305 Wick Ave. Called the Reuben McMillan Free Library
104 Zanesville Zanesville Dec 16, 1905 $54,000 220 N. 5th St.

Academic libraries[edit]

Institution Locality Image Year
granted
[4]
Grant
amount
[4]
Location Notes
1 Cedarville College Cedarville Dec 28, 1905 $11,795 Open 1908–1960, now art studios
2 Heidelberg University Tiffin Pfleiderer Center for Religion and the Humanities.jpg Mar 15, 1905 $25,000 Open 1912–1967, now Pfleiderer Hall, houses humanities
3 Marietta College Marietta Jan 7, 1905 $40,000 Open 1906–1961, now Irvine Administration Building
4 Miami University Oxford Miamiu.jpg Mar 31, 1905
May 2, 1921
$40,000
$50,000
Called Alumni Hall, it was the school's original library until 1973.
5 Oberlin College Oberlin Oberlin College - Carnegie Building.jpg Jan 20, 1905 $150,000 52 W. Lorain St. Open 1908–1974, now used for Oberlin College Library storage and offices
6 Ohio University Athens OU Scripps Hall.JPG Jan 6, 1915 $13,700 Open 1905–1930, now Scripps Hall, houses E. W. Scripps School of Journalism until Fall 2013
7 Otterbein College Westerville Apr 3, 1905 $20,000 102 W. College Ave. Now Clippinger Hall, admissions office
8 Wilberforce University Wilberforce Wilberforce Carnegie Library front.jpg Feb 15, 1904 $17,950 1400 Brush Row Rd. Open 1909–1976, now part of National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Both Bobinski and Jones make errors with their numbers in Ohio—Bobinski reports only 77 grants, while Jones counts South Brooklyn twice and thus reports 106 libraries.
  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 (Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dayton, and Toledo) are listed only by their total amount, not broken down for each branch.
  4. ^ a b Miller, pp. 38–40

References[edit]

  • Anderson, Florence (1963). Carnegie Corporation Library Program 1911–1961. New York: Carnegie Corporation. OCLC 1282382. 
  • Armentrout, Mary Ellen (2003). Carnegie Libraries of Ohio. Wellington, Ohio: Mary Ellen Armentrout. ISBN 0615122531. OCLC 51391494. 
  • 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.