List of Carnegie libraries in Oregon

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The following list of Carnegie libraries in Oregon provides detailed information on United States Carnegie libraries in Oregon, where 31 public libraries were built from 25 grants (totaling $478,000) awarded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York from 1901 to 1915. In addition, one academic library was built at Pacific University.

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 Albany Carnegie Library (Albany, Oregon) Albany Apr 8, 1911 $12,500 Part of the Monteith Historic District (info)
2 Ashland Carnegie Library Ashland Jun 25, 1909 $15,000
3 Baker City Carnegie Library Baker City Carnegie Library (Baker City, Oregon).jpg Dec 13, 1907 $25,000 Now known as the Crossroads Arts Center and part of the Baker Historic District (info)
  Coos Bay Carnegie Library – See Marshfield Carnegie Library, below
4 Dallas Carnegie Library Dallas Carnegie Library in Dallas, Oregon (8113589613).jpg Dec 7, 1911 $10,000 New library opened in 1990.[3]
5 Enterprise Carnegie Library Enterprise Enterprise Public Library - Enterprise Oregon.jpg Jan 31, 1913 $5,000 On the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).
6 Eugene Carnegie Library Eugene Dec 14, 1903 $10,000 Demolished[citation needed]
7 Grants Pass Carnegie Library Grants Pass Nov 18, 1903 $12,500 Built in 1921, it was the last-built Carnegie library in Oregon. Demolished in 1959.
8 Gresham Carnegie Library Gresham Gresham Carnegie Library - Gresham Oregon.jpg Feb 21, 1901 410 N. Main St.
Gresham, OR
The building is on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and is no longer part of the Multnomah County Library system. It is also known as the Gresham Pioneer Museum. (info
9 Hermiston Carnegie Library Hermiston Jan 6, 1915 $5,000
10 Hillsboro Carnegie Library Hillsboro Hillsboro library old.JPG Nov 3, 1913 $10,000
11 Hood River Carnegie Library Hood River Hood River County Library-Georgiana Smith Park - Hood River Oregon.jpg Dec 3, 1912 $17,500 On the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP)
12 Klamath Falls Carnegie Library Klamath Falls Mar 14, 1913 $20,000 Open 1914–1928, then used as high school library until 1964
13 La Grande Carnegie Library La Grande Carnegie Library (La Grande, Oregon).jpg Apr 2, 1913 $12,500
14 Marshfield Carnegie Library Marshfield Apr 28, 1913 $12,500 515 W. Market St.
Coos Bay, OR
Marshfield is now known as Coos Bay. The building is listed as the Coos Bay Carnegie Library in the National Register of Historic Places and is also known as the Coos Old Museum. (info)
15 McMinnville Carnegie Library McMinnville McMinnville Oregon Library.JPG Jan 6, 1912 $10,000 (info)
16 Medford Carnegie Library Medford Medford Carnegie Library - Medford Oregon.jpg Jan 6, 1911 $20,000 On the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP)
17 Milton Carnegie Library Milton Jan 6, 1915 $7,500 Milton is now part of Milton-Freewater
18 Newberg Public Library Newberg Newberg Oregon library.JPG Mar 18, 1911 $10,000
19 Ontario Carnegie Library Ontario Dec 3, 1912 $7,500 Demolished in 1964, but photo exists at ontariocommunitylibrary.org
20 Oregon City Carnegie Library Oregon City Carnegie Library (Clackamas County, Oregon scenic images) (clacD0053).jpg Dec 23, 1911 $12,500 606 John Adams Street, Oregon City, OR 97045 Currently in use as the City Public Library. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
21 Albina Carnegie Library Portland Feb 21, 1901 $165,000 This building is now the Title Wave Used Bookstore.
22 Arleta Carnegie Library Portland Feb 21, 1901 The building is no longer part of the Multnomah County Library system.
23 East Portland Carnegie Library Portland East Portland Branch Multnomah Library - Portland Oregon.jpg Feb 21, 1901 The building is on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and is no longer part of the Multnomah County Library system.
24 North Portland Carnegie Library Portland Feb 21, 1901 Still part of the Multnomah County Library system
25 St. Johns Carnegie Library Portland St. Johns Library in Portland.jpg Feb 21, 1901 St. Johns was formerly a separate city, annexed by Portland in 1915. This library is still part of the Multnomah County Library system.
26 South Portland Carnegie Library Portland Feb 21, 1901 No longer part of the Multnomah County Library system
27 Salem Carnegie Library Salem Oregon Civic Justice Center.JPG Dec 24, 1907 $27,500 Owned by Willamette University
28 The Dalles Carnegie Library The Dalles Carnegie Library in The Dalles Oregon.jpg Mar 9, 1907 $10,000 On the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP)
29 Umatilla County Library Pendleton Carnegie Library (Pendleton, Oregon).jpg Jan 6, 1915 $25,000 214 N. Main St.
Pendleton, OR
On the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). Building now serves as the Pendleton Center for the Arts.
30 Union Carnegie Library Union Carnegie Library (Union, Oregon).jpg Apr 25, 1911 $5,500 Cornerstone shows 1912
31 Woodburn Carnegie Library Woodburn Jan 14, 1914 $10,000

Academic library[edit]

Institution Locality Image Date
granted
[4]
Grant
amount
[4]
Location Notes
1 Pacific University Forest Grove Carnegie Hall Pacific University.JPG Apr 5, 1905 $20,000 Built in 1912 as Pacific University's first library. Designed by Whidden & Lewis. Now used as classrooms.[5]

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 (Portland) are listed only by their total amount, not broken down for each branch.
  3. ^ Henderson, Tom (August 16, 2012). "Oregon town considers fate of its historic library". Daily Journal of Commerce. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Miller, pp. 38–40
  5. ^ "Carnegie Hall". The Council of Independent Colleges. November 2006. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 

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.