The following list of Carnegie libraries in Kentucky provides detailed information on United States Carnegie libraries in Kentucky, where 23 public libraries were built from 15 grants (totaling $795,300) awarded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York from 1899 to 1914. In addition, academic libraries were built at 4 institutions (totaling $101,500). As of 2013, 24 of these buildings are still standing, and 7 still operate as libraries.
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|1||Corbin||Corbin||Apr 13, 1914||$6,000||402 Roy Kidd Ave.
|2||Covington||Covington||Jan 15, 1900||$85,000||1028 Scott Blvd.
||Now the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center containing five art galleries and a theater|
|3||Henderson||Henderson||Jul 3, 1901||$25,000||101 S. Main St.|
|4||Hickman||Hickman||Nov 27, 1906||$10,000||312 Main St.
|5||Hopkinsville||Hopkinsville||Dec 3, 1912||$15,000||708 Liberty St.||Vacant since the library moved in 1977. Undergoing restoration, to reopen as the Hopkinsville Carnegie Library of Kentucky Architecture|
|6||Lawrenceburg||Lawrenceburg||Apr 6, 1908||$5,800||108 E. Woodford St.|
|7||Lexington||Lexington||Jan 16, 1902||$60,000||251 W. 2nd St.|
|8||Louisville Main||Louisville||Nov 11, 1899||$450,000||301 W. York St.
||Main branch of Louisville Free Public Library|
|9||Louisville Crescent Hill||Louisville||Nov 11, 1899||—||2762 Frankfort Ave.
|10||Louisville Eastern||Louisville||Nov 11, 1899||—||600 Lampton St.|
|11||Louisville Highland||Louisville||Nov 11, 1899||—||1000 Cherokee Rd.|
|12||Louisville Jefferson||Louisville||Nov 11, 1899||—||1718 W. Jefferson St.
|13||Louisville Parkland||Louisville||Nov 11, 1899||—||2743 Virginia Ave.|
|14||Louisville Portland||Louisville||Nov 11, 1899||—||3305 Northwestern Parkway|
|15||Louisville Shelby Park||Louisville||Nov 11, 1899||—||600 E. Oak St.
|16||Louisville Western||Louisville||Nov 11, 1899||—||604 S. 10th St.
|17||Middlesboro||Middlesboro||Nov 20, 1908||$15,000||207 N. 20th St.
|18||Newport||Newport||Oct 30, 1899||$26,500||401 Monmouth St.||A new library structure for Newport opened in 2004. Today the former Carnegie library hosts the Carnegie Hall event center.|
|19||Owensboro||Owensboro||Nov 18, 1903||$30,000||901 Frederica Ave.
|20||Paducah||Paducah||Oct 13, 1901||$35,000||Burned December 30, 1964.|
|21||Paris||Paris||Jan 2, 1903||$12,000||701 High St.|
|22||Shelbyville||Shelbyville||Dec 30, 1901||$10,000||309 8th St.
|23||Somerset||Somerset||Dec 8, 1905||$10,000||300 College St.
|1||Berea College||Berea||Mar 10, 1904||$30,000||Now called the Frost Building, houses classrooms|
|2||Centre College||Danville||Feb 13, 1913||$30,000||Open 1913–1967|
|3||Kentucky Wesleyan College||Winchester||Jul 9, 1913||$15,000||15 Wheeler Ave.||County Parks and Recreation|
|4||University of Kentucky||Lexington||Mar 12, 1906||$26,500|
- 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.
- Grants for multiple libraries (Louisville) are listed only by their total amount, not broken down for each branch.
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- "Library History".
- "Homepage". Carnegie Hall. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
- 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.