List of Carnegie libraries in California

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The following list of Carnegie libraries in California provides detailed information on United States Carnegie libraries in California, where 142 public libraries were built from 121 grants (totaling $2,779,487) awarded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York from 1899 to 1917. In addition, academic libraries were built at two institutions (totaling $60,000).


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  Building still operating as a library
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Library City or
Image Date
Location Notes[2]
1 Alameda Alameda Alameda Free Library (Alameda, CA).JPG Oct 3, 1899 $35,000 2264 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda, CA 94105
37°45′57″N 122°14′37″W / 37.76583°N 122.24361°W / 37.76583; -122.24361 (Alameda Free Library)
Opened in 1903, this Wilcox and Curtis Neoclassical building served as a public library until 1998. It has been vacant since.
2 Alturas Alturas Alturas Carnegie Library.jpg Nov 20, 1908 $10,000 201 S. Court St, Alturas, CA 96101
41°29′3″N 120°32′27″W / 41.48417°N 120.54083°W / 41.48417; -120.54083 (Alturas Carnegie Library)
This building, designed by F. J. DeLongchamps, opened in 1918 and served as a library until 1947. It now houses law offices.
3 Anaheim Anaheim Anaheim Public Library (Carnegie Library).JPG Feb 6, 1907 $10,000 241 S. Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92805
33°50′3″N 117°54′49″W / 33.83417°N 117.91361°W / 33.83417; -117.91361 (Anaheim Carnegie Library)
A John C. Austin work, this building opened in 1909. It was a library until 1963, and it has been home to the Anaheim Museum since 1987.
4 Antioch Antioch Jun 1, 1915 $2,500 519 F St, Antioch, CA 94505
38°0′52″N 121°48′45″W / 38.01444°N 121.81250°W / 38.01444; -121.81250 (Antioch Carnegie Library)
This Francis Reid Neoclassical design was Antioch's library from its opening in 1916 until 1967. It is now a church.
5 Auburn Auburn Auburn Public Library 2012-09-16 17-07-11.jpg Mar 9, 1907 $10,000 175 Almond St, Auburn, CA 95603
38°53′59″N 121°4′19″W / 38.89972°N 121.07194°W / 38.89972; -121.07194 (Auburn Carnegie Library)
From May 26, 1909, to 1968, this Allen D. Fellows Classical Revival building was the Auburn library. It is now an arts center.
6 Azusa Azusa Dec 24, 1908 $10,000 213 E Foothill Blvd, Azusa, CA 91702
34°8′6″N 117°54′20″W / 34.13500°N 117.90556°W / 34.13500; -117.90556 (Azusa Carnegie Library)
This Norman F. Marsh design was the library in Azusa from 1910 to 1959. The building was razed in 1959 and a new City Hall erected on its site.
7 Bayliss District Bayliss Bayliss Carnegie Library, March 2022-3353.jpg Jan 5, 1916 $4,000 7830 County Rd 39, Glenn, CA 95943
39°34′58″N 122°2′48″W / 39.58278°N 122.04667°W / 39.58278; -122.04667 (Bayliss District Library)
Bayliss sought a grant in conjunction with rural parts of Glenn County, hence its unusual name. Opened in 1917, this W. H. Weeks design continues to operate as one of the most rural Carnegie libraries in the country.
8 Beaumont Beaumont Bldflag.jpg Apr 28, 1913 $10,000 125 E 8th St, Beamont, CA 92223
33°55′56″N 116°58′52″W / 33.93222°N 116.98111°W / 33.93222; -116.98111 (Beaumont District Library)
Opened in 1914, this Neoclassical design by E. L. Hopkins has always served the Beaumont area as a library. An addition was added to the library in 1966 and a community room was finally added in 1981.
9 Berkeley Berkeley Feb 12, 1903 $40,000 Shattuck Ave. and Kittridge St.
37°52′5″N 122°16′7″W / 37.86806°N 122.26861°W / 37.86806; -122.26861 (Berkeley Carnegie Library)
A 1905 John Galen Howard design, this library served the Berkeley area for only 24 years before it was razed in 1929—the first Carnegie library to be demolished in California.
10 Biggs Biggs Apr 23, 1906 $5,000 464 B St, Biggs, CA 95917
39°24′48″N 121°42′37″W / 39.41333°N 121.71028°W / 39.41333; -121.71028 (Biggs Library)
11 Calexico Calexico Carnegie Library, Calexico, California.jpg Mar 16, 1915 $10,000 420 Heber Ave, Calexico, CA 92231
32°40′10″N 115°29′33″W / 32.66944°N 115.49250°W / 32.66944; -115.49250 (Calexico Library)
Now in the Calexico Public Library system, after several years of idleness being completely restored and reopened as a computer lab.
12 Chico Chico Chico Museum, California - panoramio.jpg Jan 7, 1904 $10,000 141 Salem St, Chico, CA 95928
39°43′45″N 121°50′32″W / 39.72917°N 121.84222°W / 39.72917; -121.84222 (Chico Library)
Now housing the Chico Museum.
13 Chula Vista Chula Vista Mar 31, 1916 $10,000 Vacated in 1955. Destroyed in 1960.
14 Clovis Clovis Mar 11, 1914 $7,000 325 Pollasky Ave, Clovis, CA 93612
36°49′33″N 119°42′6″W / 36.82583°N 119.70167°W / 36.82583; -119.70167 (Clovis Library)
Now home to the Clovis Chamber of Commerce.
15 Coalinga Coalinga Jan 27, 1912 $20,000 Demolished in 1955. Designed by architects Swartz, Hotchkin and Swartz, in a Mediterranean Revival style, as one of the three high school district California Carnegies. The new Coalinga Library is on the site.
16 Colton Colton Colton Area Museum.jpg Apr 10, 1906 $10,000 380 N La Cadena Dr, Colton, CA 92324
34°4′7″N 117°19′25″W / 34.06861°N 117.32361°W / 34.06861; -117.32361 (Colton Library)
Now the Colton Museum. Designed by architect Franklin P. Burnham, a temple style Classical Revival building, with pediment and columns, two fireplaces and skylight above a central rotunda. It served as both library and community center. In 1982 it was carefully restored to house the museum.
17 Colusa Colusa Colusa, California police department from SE 2.JPG Jan 19, 1905 $10,000 260 6th St, Colusa, CA 95932
39°12′49″N 122°0′35″W / 39.21361°N 122.00972°W / 39.21361; -122.00972 (Colusa Library)
Now houses the Colusa Police Department
18 Concord Concord Jun 1, 1915 $2,500 Demolished in 1959.
19 Corning Corning Aug 11, 1913 $10,000 618 4th St, Corning, CA 96021
39°55′44″N 122°10′52″W / 39.92889°N 122.18111°W / 39.92889; -122.18111 (Corning Library)
20 Corona Corona Mar 25, 1905 $11,500 Demolished in 1978, the year after being listed on the NRHP
21 Covina Covina Apr 11, 1905 $9,000 Demolished in 1962.
22 Dinuba Dinuba Mar 16, 1915 $8,000 Demolished in 1975.
23 Dixon Dixon Dixon Carnegie Library, 135 E. B St., Dixon, CA 5-4-2013 6-50-34 PM.JPG Nov 21, 1911 $10,000 135 E B St, Dixon, CA 95620
38°26′48″N 121°49′19″W / 38.44667°N 121.82194°W / 38.44667; -121.82194 (Dixon Library)
Now the Dixon Unified School District Library. Dixon is one of only three California communities to obtain a Carnegie library as a high school district rather than city or county. Designed by architects Parker and Kenyon, in the Mission Revival-Classical Revival style, and designated as historically significant by the Dixon city council in 1988.
24 Eagle Rock Eagle Rock 2007September formerEagleRockBranchLibrary.jpg Mar 11, 1914 $7,500 2225 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041
34°8′22″N 118°12′53″W / 34.13944°N 118.21472°W / 34.13944; -118.21472 (Eagle Rock Library)
The building is now Center for the Arts Eagle Rock. Designed by architect W.E. Kleinpell, in the Mission Revival-Spanish Colonial Revival styles and opened in 1915. In 1923 it became a branch library when Eagle Rock was annexed by Los Angeles.
25 East San Diego East San Diego Jun 1, 1915 $10,000 Demolished in 1964.
26 El Centro El Centro Feb 13, 1909 $10,000 539 State St, El Centro, CA 92243
32°47′29″N 115°33′21″W / 32.79139°N 115.55583°W / 32.79139; -115.55583 (El Centro Library)
El Centro Public Library. Extensive earthquake damage in the late 1920s necessitated drastic strengthening procedures with steel banding; with successive additions, the Classical Revival building was plastered over to create a Modern look. Closed due to damage it sustained during the 2010 Baja California earthquake, it was finally demolished in 2016.
27 Escondido Escondido Jun 29, 1908 $7,500 Demolished in 1956. Designed by the Los Angeles architectural firm of Van Trees and Millar Inc., in the Classical Revival style, and one of the few to display the name "Carnegie Library." The new Escondido Public Library building is on the site.
28 Eureka Eureka Morris Graves Museum - Carnegie Library Building.jpg Oct 3, 1901 $20,000 636 F St, Eureka, CA 95501
40°48′2″N 124°9′52″W / 40.80056°N 124.16444°W / 40.80056; -124.16444 (Eureka)
Restored by the Humboldt Arts Council, now used as The Morris Graves Museum of Art.
29 Exeter Exeter 2009-0725-CA-ExeterPublicLibrary.jpg May 8, 1914 $5,000 309 S E St., Exeter, CA 93221
36°17′37″N 119°8′20″W / 36.29361°N 119.13889°W / 36.29361; -119.13889 (Exeter Library)
Present day Exeter community center.
30 Ferndale Ferndale Ferndale CA Public Library.jpg Mar 21, 1908 $8,000 807 Main St, Ferndale, CA 95536
40°34′47″N 124°15′35″W / 40.57972°N 124.25972°W / 40.57972; -124.25972 (Ferndale)
Designed by architect Warren Skellings, in a bold Classical Revival style. The only Carnegie Grant Library in northwestern California still functioning as a library
31 Fresno Fresno Fresno Carnegie Library Front View.jpg Feb 14, 1901 $30,000 1330 Broadway Street, Fresno CA 93721 Demolished in 1959. The Fresno Carnegie Library was one of the earliest and costliest of the Carnegies. Architects Copeland and Dole of New York designed the large building in the Classical Revival style.
32 Fullerton Fullerton Dec 8, 1905 $10,000 Demolished in 1942. Designed by architects Hunt and Eager, in the Mission Revival-Spanish Colonial Revival styles. Another library built on site and it now houses the Fullerton Museum Center.
33 Gilroy Gilroy USA-Gilroy-Carnegie Library-1.jpg Mar 12, 1906 $10,000 195 5th St, Gilroy, CA 95020
37°0′28″N 121°34′18″W / 37.00778°N 121.57167°W / 37.00778; -121.57167 (Gilroy Library)
Formerly the Gilroy Free Library, now the Gilroy Historical Museum. The building is virtually unchanged. Designed by architect W. H. Weeks, one of his seven "classic Carnegies" of the Greek temple style, with pediments and columns.
34 Glendale Glendale Aug 11, 1911 $12,500 Demolished in 1977. Architect Paul Tuttle designed the building in the Classical Revival style; a 1940 WPA project added wings to each side. New Glendale Public Library building was built nearby and the old library demolished once the new, larger building was open.
35 Grass Valley Grass Valley GrassValley CARoyceLibarary.JPG Jan 6, 1915 $15,000 207 Mill St, Grass Valley, CA 95945
39°13′0″N 121°3′47″W / 39.21667°N 121.06306°W / 39.21667; -121.06306 (Grass Valley Library)
Designed by architect William Mooser, its Classical Revival red brick facade is highlighted with numerous white pilasters.
36 Gridley Gridley Jan 2, 1913 $7,000 519 Kentucky St, Gridley, CA 95966
39°21′49″N 121°41′48″W / 39.36361°N 121.69667°W / 39.36361; -121.69667 (Gridley Library)
Now a private office. Designed by Chico architect Chester Cole, in the Classical Revival style.
37 Hanford Hanford Carnegie 090907 2.JPG Mar 20, 1903 $12,500 109 East Eighth St, Hanford, CA 93230
36°19′39″N 119°38′43″W / 36.32750°N 119.64528°W / 36.32750; -119.64528 (Hanford Library)
The Hanford Carnegie Museum since 1974. Designed by the McDougall Bros. and one of California's few in the Richardson Romanesque style.
38 Hayward Hayward Feb 20, 1906 $11,750 Demolished in 1949.
39 Healdsburg Healdsburg Healdsburg Carnegie Library, 221 Matheson St., Healdsburg, CA 7-3-2010 4-29-17 PM.JPG Aug 31, 1909 $10,000 221 Matheson St, Healdsburg, CA 95448
38°36′40″N 122°52′2″W / 38.61111°N 122.86722°W / 38.61111; -122.86722 (Healdsburg Library)
Replaced in 1988 by a new library building a few blocks away. Now serves as the Healdsburg History Museum. Classical Revival (Type B), reinforced concrete faced with a 1/2" layer of textured white concrete, scored to resemble stone blocks.
40 Hemet Hemet Nov 30, 1910 $10,000 Demolished in 1969. Designed by architect S. L. Pillar, in the Classical Revival with a large raised open loggia. The new Hemet Public Library was built in 1971 on the site.
41 Hollister Hollister Hollistor City Hall.jpg Apr 16, 1910 $10,000 375 Fifth St, Hollister, CA 95023
36°51′4″N 121°24′12″W / 36.85111°N 121.40333°W / 36.85111; -121.40333 (Hollister Library)
Now the Hollister City Hall. Designed by architect William Binder. The low, one story Classical Revival style building is constructed of concrete scored to resemble granite block.
42 Hollywood Hollywood Feb 28, 1906 $10,000 Demolished in 1958. Designed by architects Marsh and Russell, one of only two California Carnegie libraries in the Tudor Revival style. In 1910 when Hollywood was annexed to Los Angeles, it became a branch library.
43 Huntington Beach Huntington Beach Feb 13, 1913 $10,000 Demolished in 1951. Designed by architects Tuttle and Hopkins, in an elaborate Classical Revival style, in red brick with white elements. The new Huntington Beach Public Library was built on site in 1951.
44 Imperial Imperial Jan 23, 1909 $10,000 Designed by W. H. Weeks; heavily damaged by the 1940 El Centro earthquake and subsequently torn down.
45 Inglewood Inglewood Inglewood Public Library, circa 1950.jpg Nov 9, 1916 $10,000 101 S Grevillea Ave
33°57′42″N 118°21′17″W / 33.96167°N 118.35472°W / 33.96167; -118.35472
Designed by an unknown architect in the Mission Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival styles. It was severely damaged in the 1933 Long Beach earthquake, and the city voted funds to rebuild and enlarge it. Demolished in 1967; the new Inglewood Public Library was built across Manchester Boulevard and completed in 1973. A temporary library existed on Queen Street.
46 Lakeport Lakeport Carnegie Library Lakeport California.jpg Nov 17, 1914 $8,000 200 Park St, Lakeport, CA 95453
39°2′35″N 122°54′50″W / 39.04306°N 122.91389°W / 39.04306; -122.91389 (Lakeport Library)
Houses U.C. Davis scientists for Clear Lake research. Designed by architects Ward and Blohme, in an austere Classical Revival style in the city park on the shores of the lake.
47 Lincoln Lincoln Lincoln (California) Public Library.jpg Dec 13, 1907 $6,000 590 5th St, Lincoln, CA 95648
38°53′31″N 121°17′28″W / 38.89194°N 121.29111°W / 38.89194; -121.29111 (Lincoln Library)
The Lincoln Public Library. Built in the Mediterranean Revival-Classical Revival style, with the brick and terra cotta products of notable Gladding, McBean Pottery.
48 Livermore Livermore Livermore Carnegie Library Front View.JPG Aug 5, 1909 $10,000 2155 3rd St, Livermore, CA 94550
37°40′46″N 121°46′7″W / 37.67944°N 121.76861°W / 37.67944; -121.76861 (Livermore Library)
Now a museum, the Livermore Heritage Guild History Center. The Classical Revival building, designed by W. H. Weeks, is an example of the library as "temple in the park," with its pedimented central portico supported by Greek Ionic columns and located in the center of Carnegie Park. The building's distinctive yellow brick came from the nearby Carnegie Brick Works.
49 Lodi Lodi Dec 13, 1907 $9,000 305 W Pine St, Lodi, CA 95240
38°8′4″N 121°16′35″W / 38.13444°N 121.27639°W / 38.13444; -121.27639 (Lodi Library)
Now the "Carnegie Forum and City Council Chambers". The temple style Classical Revival Lodi Carnegie is notable for the incorporation of brick in the formed columns, triangular area within the pediment, and finely detailed trim.
50 Lompoc Lompoc Lompoc Museum.jpg Dec 13, 1909 $10,000 200 South H St, Lompoc, CA 93436
34°38′13″N 120°27′27″W / 34.63694°N 120.45750°W / 34.63694; -120.45750 (Lompoc Library)
Now the Lompoc Museum, an historical and archeological museum. Designed by W. H. Weeks in the Classic Revival "temple style," and designated Lompoc Historical Landmark No. 1.
51 Long Beach Long Beach Jan 19, 1905 $30,000 In 1972 the Classical Revival style library was damaged by fire, and in 1973 demolished for a new Long Beach Public Library.
52 Los Angeles Arroyo Seco Los Angeles Jan 31, 1911 $210,000 Designed by architect Frederick Ashley, in the Classical Revival style. Demolished in 1959.
53 Los Angeles Boyle Heights Los Angeles Jan 31, 1911 Designed by architect W.J. Dodd, in the Classical Revival style. Demolished in 1974.
54 Los Angeles Cahuenga Branch Los Angeles Cahuenga branch los angeles public library.jpg Jan 31, 1911 4591 W Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
34°5′27″N 118°17′20″W / 34.09083°N 118.28889°W / 34.09083; -118.28889 (Los Angeles Cahuenga Branch Library)
Designed by architect C.H. Russell, in the Italian Renaissance Revival style.
55 Los Angeles Lincoln Heights Los Angeles Lincoln Heights Branch Library, Los Angeles.JPG Jan 31, 1911 2530 Workman St, Los Angeles, CA 90031
34°4′34″N 118°12′50″W / 34.07611°N 118.21389°W / 34.07611; -118.21389 (Los Angeles Lincoln Heights Library)
56 Los Angeles Vermont Square Los Angeles Vermont Square Branch Library, Los Angeles.JPG Jan 31, 1911 1201 W 48th St, Los Angeles, CA 90037
33°59′59″N 118°17′45″W / 33.99972°N 118.29583°W / 33.99972; -118.29583 (Los Angeles Vermont Square Library)
57 Los Angeles Vernon Los Angeles Jan 31, 1911 Designed by architects Kysor and Biggar, in the Classical Revival style. The Vernon open air reading room could be converted into a closed room by means of a sliding sash. Demolished in 1974.
58 Los Gatos Los Gatos Oct 17, 1901 $10,400 Demolished in 1954.
59 Mill Valley Mill Valley Jan 18, 1910 $10,000 52 Lovell Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941
37°54′22″N 122°33′0″W / 37.90611°N 122.55000°W / 37.90611; -122.55000 (Mill Valley Library)
Now a private residence.
60 Monrovia Monrovia Jan 19, 1905 $10,000 Demolished in 1956.
61 Monterey Monterey Dec 24, 1907 $10,000 425 Van Buren St, Monterey, CA 93930
36°36′0″N 121°53′50″W / 36.60000°N 121.89722°W / 36.60000; -121.89722 (Monterey Library)
Now the offices of the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Designed by W. H. Weeks in the Mission Revival style.
62 National City National City Feb 13, 1909 $10,000 Demolished in 1954. It is the site of the National City Civic Center.
63 Nevada City Nevada City Nevada City Free Public Library.jpg Mar 20, 1904 $10,000 211 N Pine St, Nevada City, CA 95959 Now the Doris Foley Library for Historical Research, in the Nevada County Library System. Designed by architect: W. H. Weeks, in the Romanesque Revival style, constructed of dark gray "man-made" cast stone, and rough and smooth concrete blocks fabricated at the site. It is part of the historic downtown district placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985, and was added in its own right in 1990.
64 Newman Newman Nov 17, 1914 $8,000 1209 Main St, Newman, CA 95360 Now the Newman Museum, the first pioneer museum in Stanislaus County when it opened in the library basement in 1941, and which now occupies the whole building. Designed by Antioch architect Francis Reid, essentially Classical Revival style with Colonial elements in a tall, red brick building.
65 Oakdale Oakdale May 15, 1916 $7,000 315 West F St, Oakdale, CA 95361 In 1916 Sadie Haslam, one of the founding members of the Oakdale's Women's Improvement Club, donated the land to Stanislaus County to be used as library. Designed by Stockton architect and engineer Hugh Y. Davis in Mission/Spanish Colonial Revival style, the building's upper floor housed the Oakdale Library from 1917 to 1976, while the bottom floor was used for court proceeding. The building was sold in 1976 for private use and is currently private offices.
66 Oakland Main Oakland African American Museum and Library at Oakland (2008).jpg Aug 23, 1899 $190,000 659 14th St, Oakland, CA 94612 Oakland Main Library 1902–1951. Charles Greene Branch 1951–1994. Now housing the African American Museum and Library at Oakland.
67 Oakland Golden Gate Oakland Oakland Public Library Golden Gate Branch 2009.jpg Aug 23, 1899 5606 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA 94608
68 Oakland Melrose Oakland Oakland Free Library-Melrose Branch (Oakland, CA).JPG Aug 23, 1899 4805 Foothill Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601
69 Oakland Miller Oakland Oakland Free Library-23rd Ave. Branch (Oakland, CA).JPG Aug 23, 1899 1449 Miller Avenue, Oakland, CA 94601 23rd Avenue Branch 1918–1966, Ina Coolbrith Branch 1966–1972, and Latin American Branch 1972–1976. No longer a library since the 1990s, the building was destroyed by fire on 23 February 2018.
70 Oakland Temescal Oakland Oakland Free Library-Alden Branch (Oakland, CA).JPG Aug 23, 1899 5205 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609 Named the Alden Branch Library 1918–1948, Temescal Branch Library 1948–present.
71 Ontario Ontario Jun 8, 1905 $12,000 Designed by architect F. P. Burnham in the Classical Revival style. Condemned and demolished in 1959.
72 Orange Orange Mar 9, 1907 $10,000 407 E Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92866 Demolished in 1961. Site used for larger library which has since been demolished.
73 Orland Orland Nov 3, 1913 $8,000 912 3rd St, Orland, CA 95963 Designed by W. H. Weeks, now a community center.
74 Orosi Orosi 2009-0725-CA-Orosi-library.jpg Sep 14, 1917 $3,000 12646 Ave 416, Orosi, CA 93647 The last Carnegie library to be completed in California. Now the Orosi/Cutler Branch Library. It is one of only three wood frame (non-masonry) California Carnegies, designed by architect: Ernest J. Kump in the American Craftsman Bungalow style.
75 Oroville Oroville Oroville, California law library from NW 1.JPG May 2, 1911 $10,000 1675 Montgomery St, Oroville, CA 95965 Designed by W. H. Weeks; now the Butte County Public Law Library
76 Oxnard Oxnard Carneige Art Museum, Oxnard.jpg Feb 13, 1906 $12,000 424 South C St, Oxnard, CA 93030 Carnegie Art Museum. Designed by Los Angeles architect F.P. Burnham, with four wide pedimented porticos, each supported by six Doric columns, the Oxnard Carnegie gives the impression of a temple on a hill. Designated a Ventura County landmark, and in 1971 was the first California Carnegie to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
77 Pacific Grove Pacific Grove Pacific-Grove-Library.png Mar 12, 1906 $10,000 550 Central Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950 The Pacific Improvement Company donated the land for the new library. The building was designed by the McDougall Brothers in the Mission style. The cornerstone was laid on November 9, 1907, and the Pacific Grove Carnegie Library officially opened on May 12, 1908.
78 Palo Alto Palo Alto Feb 20, 1903 $10,000 Demolished in 1967 to make room for a new city hall.
79 Paso Robles Paso Robles Paso Robles Carnegie.jpg Dec 13, 1906 $10,000 Paso Robles City Park, 800 12th St, Paso Robles, CA 93446
35°37′34″N 120°41′24″W / 35.62611°N 120.69000°W / 35.62611; -120.69000 (Paso Robles Carnegie Library)
The building, designed by W. H. Weeks, has housed the El Paso de Robles Area Historical Society Museum since 1998. In 1906 the Board of Library trustees "ladies" correspondence with Andrew Carnegie resulted a letter offering that if the Paso Robles City Council agreed to provide a suitable site and maintain the Free Public Library, he would be glad to give six thousand dollars to erect the building.
80 Patterson Patterson Patterson Branch Library.JPG Jun 6, 1917 $3,000 355 W Las Palmas Ave, Patterson, CA 95363
81 Petaluma Petaluma Free Public Library of Petaluma, 20 Fourth St., Petaluma, CA 5-31-2010 6-56-02 PM.JPG Jan 13, 1903 $12,500 20 4th St, Petaluma, CA 94952 Now houses the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum
82 Pomona Pomona Exterior view of the Pomona Public Library, shown from the right, ca.1900 (CHS-5275).jpg Jan 23, 1902 $25,000 380 North Main Street, Pomona (former site) Designed by the Burnham & Bliesner architecture firm and C. E. Wolfe, a local architect, in the Classical Revival style. It opened in 1903, was expanded in 1912 with second Carnegie grant, and in 1939 by the Works Progress Administration. Closed and demolished in 1965. Later the main Pomona First Federal Savings & Loan (U.S. Bank) office built on site, since closed, and is home of the American Museum of Ceramic Art.
83 Porterville Porterville Feb 6, 1907 $10,000 Condemned as unsafe and demolished in 1949.
84 Redding Redding Mar 20, 1903 $10,000 Demolished in 1965.
85 Redwood City Redwood City Feb 20, 1904 $16,000 Demolished in 1950.
86 Richmond Richmond Richmond carnegie library.jpg Jan 14, 1909 $17,500 400 Nevin Ave, Richmond, CA 94801 Designed by W. H. Weeks; now the Richmond Museum.
87 Riverbank Riverbank Riverbank Carnegie Library.jpg Jun 6, 1917 $3,000 3237 Santa Fe St, Riverbank, CA 95367 Now the Riverbank Historic Museum.
88 Riverside Riverside Exterior view of the Riverside Public Library, ca.1910 (CHS-5278).jpg Aug 16, 1901 $52,500 Demolished in 1964. California's first Mission Revival style Carnegie, was designed by Burnham and Bliesner who won an architectural competition. The current Riverside Public Library is adjacent to the site of the elaborate original.
89 Roseville Roseville Carnegie Library (Roseville, California), facade, oblique view.jpg Apr 25, 1911 $10,000 557 Lincoln St, Roseville, CA 95678 Designed by W. H. Weeks, now a museum.
90 Sacramento Sacramento Sacramento City Library.JPG Feb 26, 1914 $100,000 828 I St, Sacramento, CA 95814 Part of the Central branch, Sacramento Public Library system.
91 Salinas Salinas Mar 9, 1907 $10,000 Demolished in 1961.
92 San Anselmo San Anselmo Jan 14, 1914 $10,000 110 Tunstead Ave, San Anselmo, CA 94960 Built in 1915, San Anselmo's Carnegie library is adjacent to the Town Hall to which it is connected by a wisteria-covered arbor replicating the library's carved rafters and contributing to an Old California aspect. The Spanish Revival style is also carried out in the red tile roof and use of decorative tile and arched windows. Expanded in 1960. Architects: Mitchell and Hodges.
93 San Bernardino San Bernardino Mar 14, 1902 $27,600 Demolished in 1958. Architects Burnham and Bliesner won a competition with plans for a grand Classical Revival style building. A new library was completed in 1960 on its former site.
94 San Diego San Diego 05709-San Diego-1905-Carnegie Library, San Diego, Cal.-Brück & Sohn Kunstverlag.jpg Jul 7, 1899 $60,000 Demolished in 1952. San Diego received California's first Carnegie grant in 1899, with a large well detailed Classical Revival library building opening in 1902. The San Diego Public Library system continues elsewhere.
95 San Francisco Main San Francisco Americana 1920 Libraries - San Francisco Public Library.jpg Jun 20, 1901 $375,000[3] Civic Center, 200 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102 Open 1917–1995.[4] Now housing the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. The original grant of $750,000 was divided so that "[a]bout half (not more, I think less) of this sum should be expended on the central library and the remainder on branch libraries." Main library grant was supplemented by a $780,000 bond issue.[3]: 6, 9 
96 San Francisco Chinatown San Francisco San Francisco Public Library Chinatown (36826034965).jpg Jun 20, 1901 1135 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94108 Originally North Beach branch, opened 1921. Designed by G. Albert Lansburgh.[3]: 9, 12 
97 San Francisco Golden Gate Valley San Francisco Golden Gate Valley Branch (27589851925).jpg Jun 20, 1901 1801 Green St, San Francisco, CA 94123 Opened 1918. Designed by Ernest Coxhead.[3]: 9, 12 
98 San Francisco Mission San Francisco Mission Library, San Francisco.jpg Jun 20, 1901 3359 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110 Opened 1915. Designed by G. Albert Lansburgh.[3]: 9, 11 
99 San Francisco Noe Valley San Francisco Noe Valley Library.jpg Jun 20, 1901 451 Jersey St, San Francisco, CA 94114 Opened 1916. Designed by John W. Reid Jr.[3]: 9, 11 
100 San Francisco Presidio San Francisco Presidio Branch (27589850595).jpg Jun 20, 1901 3150 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94115 Opened 1921. Designed by G. Albert Lansburgh.[3]: 9, 12  Today the branch library also houses the city's only Library for the Blind. San Francisco's seventh and last Carnegie branch is centered on a generous lot which extends through its city block uphill from Sacramento to Clay, with landscaping directed by John McLaren of Golden Gate Park. The brick Classical Revival building was designed by G. Albert Lansburgh, and is on San Francisco's "List of Architecturally Significant Buildings."
101 San Francisco Richmond San Francisco The Richmond Branch (4498292138).jpg Jun 20, 1901 351 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118 First Carnegie branch to open in San Francisco, 1914. Designed by Bliss and Faville.[3]: 9, 11 
102 San Francisco Sunset San Francisco Sunset Branch Library (4504043356).jpg Jun 20, 1901 1305 18th Ave, San Francisco, 94122 Opened 1918. Designed by G. Albert Lansburgh.[3]: 9, 12 
103 San Jose Main San Jose Mar 8, 1901 $57,000 Demolished in 1960.
104 San Jose East San Jose East San Jose Carnegie Library.jpg Mar 8, 1901 1102 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95116
105 San Leandro San Leandro Dec 13, 1907 $12,000 Designed by W. H. Weeks; demolished in 1959.
106 San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo SLO historical museum.jpg Feb 12, 1903 $10,000 696 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 Designed by W. H. Weeks; now San Luis Obispo County History Center and Museum, downtown on Mission Plaza.
107 San Mateo San Mateo Apr 20, 1905 $12,500 Demolished circa 1968.
108 San Pedro San Pedro Mar 25, 1905 $10,375 Designed by architects Edelsvard and Saffell, as well as H. V.Bradbeer, in the Classical Revival style. Demolished in 1966
109 San Rafael San Rafael Dec 20, 1904 $25,000 1100 E St, San Rafael, CA 94901 Wing of current San Rafael Public Library building.
110 Sanger Sanger Nov 17, 1914 $10,000 Demolished in 1969.
111 Santa Ana Santa Ana Jan 22, 1902 $15,000 Designed by architects Bither, Dennis and Farwell, in the Mission Revival style. Demolished in 1960.
112 Santa Barbara Santa Barbara Santa Barbara library.jpg May 8, 1914 $50,000 40 E Anapamu St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 Santa Barbara Public Library
113 Santa Cruz Main Santa Cruz Santa Cruz Library.jpg Feb 15, 1902 $29,000 224 Church St The 1904 Richardsonian Romanesque-style Santa Cruz Main, designed by W. H. Weeks, was the scene of a 1910 visit by Andrew Carnegie, a festive civic event. Demolished in 1966 and replaced by the current building.
114 Santa Cruz East Cliff Santa Cruz Santa Cruz Museum Exterior.jpg Feb 15, 1902 1305 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 Designed by W. H. Weeks, now the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History.
115 Santa Cruz Eastside Santa Cruz Feb 15, 1902 Demolished in 1968.
116 Santa Cruz Garfield Park Santa Cruz Garfield Park Library.jpg Feb 15, 1902 705 Woodrow Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Santa Cruz Library branch, designed by W. H. Weeks.
117 Santa Maria Santa Maria Santa Maria Public Library - Carnegie Library.jpg Jan 8, 1908 $10,000 420 S. Broadway Street Demolished in 1969.
118 Santa Monica Main Santa Monica Santa Monica Public Library, 503 Santa Monica Boulevard - 1904.jpg Apr 13, 1903 $25,000 Designed by architects Marsh and Russell, in the Classical Revival style. Demolished in 1974.
119 Santa Monica Ocean Park Santa Monica Ocean Park Public Library.jpg Apr 13, 1903 2601 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405 Addition added to rear, active branch of Santa Monica Public Library.
120 Santa Rosa Santa Rosa Mar 14, 1902 $26,900 Condemned as unsafe in 1960. Demolished in 1964.
121 Sebastopol Sebastopol Nov 21, 1911 $7,500 Demolished in 1976. Another library constructed on site.
122 Selma Selma Mar 14, 1905 $6,000 Demolished in 1952.
123 Sonoma Sonoma Apr 25, 1911 $6,000 453 1st St E, Sonoma, CA 95476 Now the Sonoma Visitor Center.
124 South Pasadena South Pasadena South Pasadena Public Library.jpg Dec 13, 1906 $18,600–1906, $6600–1916 1100 Oxley Str, South Pasadena, CA 91030 South Pasadena Public Library. One of the few visited by Carnegie on his 1910 trip to California. Designated a South Pasadena Cultural Heritage Landmark in 1972.
125 South San Francisco South San Francisco SSF Grand Avenue library front.JPG May 8, 1914 $10,000 306 Walnut Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080 Grand Avenue Branch of the South San Francisco Public Library; 1916 addition designed by W. H. Weeks
126 St. Helena St. Helena St. Helena Public Library, 1360 Oak Ave., St. Helena, CA 10-16-2011 1-07-10 PM.JPG Dec 13, 1906 $8,362 1360 Oak Avenue, St. Helena, CA 94574 Public library from 1908 to 1978, now a community center.
127 Tulare Tulare Dec 30, 1904 $10,000 Demolished circa 1970.
128 Turlock Turlock Turlock Carnegie Library2.jpg Jun 1, 1915 $9,200 250 N Broadway Ave, Turlock, CA 95380 Destroyed by fire but walls still standing. Historic building is being restored, within the context of a new, larger addition. Now the Carnegie Arts Center.
129 Ukiah City Ukiah City May 2, 1911 $8,000 320 S State St, Ukiah, CA 95482
130 Upland Upland May 2, 1911 $10,000 123 East D St, Upland, CA 91786 Designed by Los Angeles architect Homer Glidden, in the Classical Revival style. Now a community center.
131 Vacaville Vacaville Mar 14, 1905 $12,500 300 Main St, Vacaville, CA 95688
132 Vallejo Vallejo Dec 27, 1902 $20,000 Demolished in 1969.
133 Visalia Visalia Feb 2, 1903 $10,000 Demolished in 1936. Replaced with a WPA-built building which is now used as the children's library.
134 Walnut Creek Walnut Creek Jun 1, 1915 $2,500 Demolished in 1961.
135 Watsonville Watsonville Apr 23, 1903 $12,000 Designed by W. H. Weeks; demolished 1975.
136 Watts Watts Jan 9, 1913 $10,000 9901 Grandee Avenue Was replaced by newer library on different site in 1960.
137 Whittier Whittier Dec 30, 1904 $12,500 Northeast corner of Greenleaf Ave. and Bailey St. Demolished in 1959.
138 Willits Willits Willits Carnegie Library - Willits California.JPG Dec 8, 1913 $8,000 85 E Commercial St, Willits, CA 95490 Now Willits Community Television
139 Willows Willows Feb 12, 1910 $10,000 336 W Walnut St, Willows, CA 95988 Now the Willows Museum.
140 Woodland Woodland Woodland Public Library.jpg Feb 20, 1903 $22,000 250 First St., Woodland, CA 95695 Designed by architects Dodge and Dolliver, in the Mission Revival Style; 1915 addition designed by W. H. Weeks. From 1915 until 1979 the building housed distinct city and Yolo County public libraries.
141 Yolo Yolo Yolo Branch Library - Yolo, CA.jpg Sep 14, 1917 $3,000 37750 Sacramento St, Yolo, CA 95697 Designed by architect W. H. Weeks, as a modest low wood frame American Craftsman Bungalow.
142 Yreka Yreka Carnegie Library Yreka.jpg Mar 14, 1913 $8,000 412 West Miner St, Yreka, CA 96097 The building is home to the Yreka Police Department.

Academic libraries[edit]

Institution City or
Image Date
Location Notes
1 Mills College Margaret Carnegie Library Building Oakland Mills College Small.jpg Apr 18, 1905 $20,000 The Oval, Mills College, Oakland, CA 94613 Academic library from 1906 to 1989, now administrative offices and upstairs reading room. The Mills College Margaret Carnegie Library Building, named in honor of Andrew Carnegie's daughter, is the only California Carnegie designed by renowned architect Julia Morgan, in the Spanish Colonial Revival style.
2 Claremont/Pomona College Claremont Carnegie Library, Claremont CA.jpg Mar 15, 1905 $40,000 Pomona College, Claremont, CA 91711 Building has housed Pomona College offices and classrooms since 1953. Carnegie funded only two academic libraries in California, with terms different than for public libraries. The college was offered $40,000 on condition that it raise an equal endowment for maintenance. Designed by Franklin P. Burnham in a Classical Revival temple style, using reinforced concrete in an imposing exterior. It served students and public until a 1914 L.A. County Library Claremont branch opened.


  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. ^ Skehan, Pat and Bernie. "Carnegie Libraries of California". Retrieved 2009-06-25.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Landmark Nomination: Carnegie Branch Libraries of San Francisco" (PDF). San Francisco Public Library. January 2001. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Carnegie Libraries of California - San Francisco/Chinatown, California".
  5. ^ a b Miller, pp. 38–40


  • 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 (usually Jones) without support from the others. Reader discretion is advised.

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