East San Jose Carnegie Branch Library

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East San Jose Carnegie Library
East San Jose Carnegie Library.jpg
Location 1102 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose, California
Coordinates 37°20′49″N 121°52′3″W / 37.34694°N 121.86750°W / 37.34694; -121.86750Coordinates: 37°20′49″N 121°52′3″W / 37.34694°N 121.86750°W / 37.34694; -121.86750
Area less than 1-acre (4,000 m2)
Built 1907
Architect Lenzen, Jacob; Lenzen, Theodore
Architectural style Classical Revival
MPS California Carnegie Libraries MPS
NRHP Reference # 90001813[1]
Added to NRHP December 10, 1990

The 'East San Jose Carnegie Branch Library'[2] is a Carnegie library in San Jose, California, USA. Built for $7,000 in 1907. It opened in 1908 and is the last Carnegie library in Santa Clara County still operating as a public library. It is a part of the San José Public Library.

Originally the only library in East San Jose, it joined the City of San Jose system when East San Jose was annexed by San Jose. The original building was renovated and added to in 1981. In 1990 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Another renovation of the branch, including a 10,000-square-foot (930 m2) addition to the original historic structure, was begun on February 14, 2008. The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly reopened branch took place at 11:00am on August 29, 2009. The East San Jose Carnegie Library received LEED Silver certification and the 2010 Citation Award as a Distinguished Building in the adaptive re-use/renovation project category by the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.[3]

The Library features a family learning center, community room, 21 computers, many family-oriented services and special language materials.


  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Origins of San Jose's early libraries.
  3. ^ Figone, Deborah. "City Manager's Weekly Report, November 12, 2010" (PDF). City of San Jose. Retrieved November 12, 2010. 

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