List of Carnegie libraries in Idaho

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List of Carnegie libraries in Idaho is located in Idaho
Idaho Falls
Idaho Falls
Mountain Home
Mountain Home
Idaho Carnegie library buildings still standing

The following list of Carnegie libraries in Idaho provides detailed information on United States Carnegie libraries in Idaho, where 11 libraries were built from 11 grants (totaling over $138,000) awarded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York from 1903 to 1914. As of 2010, nine of these buildings were still standing, and three still operated as libraries.


  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

Carnegie libraries[edit]

Library City or
Image Date
Location Notes
1 Boise Boise Feb 12, 1903 $40,000 815 W. Washington St.
43°37′10″N 116°11′58″W / 43.61944°N 116.19944°W / 43.61944; -116.19944 (Boise Carnegie Public Library)
Completed 1905
2 Caldwell Caldwell Apr 3, 1912 $12,500 1101 Cleveland Blvd.
43°39′44″N 116°41′07″W / 43.66222°N 116.68528°W / 43.66222; -116.68528 (Caldwell Carnegie Library)
Completed 1914
3 Idaho Falls Idaho Falls Mar 13, 1909 $15,000 200 N. Eastern Dr.
43°29′25″N 112°02′14″W / 43.49028°N 112.03722°W / 43.49028; -112.03722 (Idaho Falls Public Library)
Completed 1916, now part of the Museum of Idaho
4 Lewiston Lewiston Mar 27, 1903 $10,000 101 5th St.
46°25′12″N 117°01′36″W / 46.42000°N 117.02667°W / 46.42000; -117.02667 (Lewiston Carnegie Library)
Built 1901, closed September 30, 1999
5 Moscow Moscow Jun 2, 1904 $10,000 110 S. Jefferson St.
46°44′00″N 116°59′51″W / 46.73333°N 116.99750°W / 46.73333; -116.99750 (Moscow Carnegie Library)
Mission Style, opened March 1906
6 Mountain Home Mountain Home Dec 13, 1907 $6,000 180 S. 3rd East
43°07′57″N 115°41′29″W / 43.13250°N 115.69139°W / 43.13250; -115.69139 (Mountain Home Carnegie Library)
Completed 1908, now a museum
7 Nampa Nampa January 25, 1907 $10,500 1417 Second St. South between 14th and 15th Street Completed in February 1908. Formal opening was March 7, 1908. The library moved to the First Security Bank building in 1966. The original Carnegie building was used as the Canyon County YWCA until at least June 1976. It is said that the building burned down some time between 1976 and 1979.
8 Pocatello Pocatello Nov 14, 1906 $12,000 113 S. Garfield Ave.
42°51′38″N 112°27′08″W / 42.86056°N 112.45222°W / 42.86056; -112.45222 (Pocatello Carnegie Library)
Completed 1907
9 Preston Preston Mar 11, 1914 $10,000 Demolished June 11, 2004
10 Wallace Wallace Jan 18, 1910 $12,000 415 River St.
47°28′28″N 115°55′31″W / 47.47444°N 115.92528°W / 47.47444; -115.92528 (Wallace Carnegie Library)
Completed 1911
11 Weiser Weiser 1919 Paddock Ave. and Maryatt St.
44°15′48″N 116°58′34″W / 44.26333°N 116.97611°W / 44.26333; -116.97611 (Weiser Carnegie Library)
Part of the Intermountain Institute (old high school). Closed when the new high school and public library were constructed in the 1960s.


  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.


  • 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.

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.