List of Carnegie libraries in Maine

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List of Carnegie libraries in Maine is located in Maine
Auburn Lewiston
Fort Fairfield
Oakland Waterville
Old Town
Old Town
Presque Isle
Maine Carnegie libraries
(Purple pog.svg: public, Green pog.svg: academic, Red pog.svg: multiple)

The following list of Carnegie libraries in Maine provides detailed information on United States Carnegie libraries in Maine, where 18 public libraries were built from 18 grants (totaling $241,450) awarded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York from 1901 to 1912. In addition, academic libraries were built at 2 institutions (totaling $70,000).


  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
Image Date
Location Notes[2]
1 Auburn Auburn AuburnME PublicLibrary.jpg Jan 13, 1903 $25,000 49 Spring St.
44°5′52.59″N 70°13′44.66″W / 44.0979417°N 70.2290722°W / 44.0979417; -70.2290722 (Auburn Public Library)
Opening on August 1, 1904, this William R. Miller of Portland design has been renovated and expanded in 1956, 1978, and 2005.[3]
2 Caribou Caribou Mar 21, 1910 $10,000 30 High St.
46°51′39.06″N 68°0′39.69″W / 46.8608500°N 68.0110250°W / 46.8608500; -68.0110250 (Caribou Public Library)
Designed by local architect Schuyler C. Page in the Romanesque Revival style, this library was renovated in the 1960s.
3 Fort Fairfield Fort Fairfield Carnegie Library, Fort Fairfield, ME.jpg Feb 20, 1911 $10,000 339 Main St.
46°46′2.97″N 67°48′0.62″W / 46.7674917°N 67.8001722°W / 46.7674917; -67.8001722 (Fort Fairfield Public Library)
Built in 1913, this library added a wing in 1993.
4 Freeport Freeport FreeportME FormerCarnegieLibrary.jpg Mar 14, 1905 $6,500 55 Main St.
43°51′19.51″N 70°6′23.15″W / 43.8554194°N 70.1064306°W / 43.8554194; -70.1064306 (B.H. Bartol Library (Freeport))
Designed by George Burnham, this library was closed in 1997 when a new library was built. It is now a private business.
5 Gardiner Gardiner Public Library, Gardiner, ME.jpg December 22, 1897 $2,500 152 Water St.
44°13′43.44″N 69°46′15.48″W / 44.2287333°N 69.7709667°W / 44.2287333; -69.7709667 (Gardiner Public Library)
Gardiner's grant was to complete an unfinished library.[4][5] It was designed and begun in 1881 by local architect Henry Richards.
6 Guilford Guilford Guilford Library, Guilford, Maine.jpg Mar 21, 1908 $5,750 4 Library St.
45°10′14.63″N 69°22′59.89″W / 45.1707306°N 69.3833028°W / 45.1707306; -69.3833028 (Guilford Public Library)
Designed by Bangor architect Frederick A. Patterson, this building was renovated in 1977 and 2002.
7 Houlton Houlton Cary Library, Houlton, ME.jpg Jan 13, 1903 $10,000 107 Main St.
46°7′32.6″N 67°50′9.39″W / 46.125722°N 67.8359417°W / 46.125722; -67.8359417 (Cary Library (Houlton))
This library was designed by architect John Calvin Stevens of Portland in the Colonial Revival style, and it was renovated in 1968 and 1991.
8 Lewiston Lewiston LewistonME Library.jpg Jan 15, 1901 $60,000 200 Lisbon St.
44°5′44.46″N 70°12′57.33″W / 44.0956833°N 70.2159250°W / 44.0956833; -70.2159250 (Lewiston Public Library)
A Coombs and Gibbs design, this building was significantly renovated in 1996, including moving the main entrance one block to the west.
9 Madison Madison Carnegie Library, Madison, ME.jpg Jun 2, 1904 $8,000 12 Old Point Ave.
44°47′48.09″N 69°52′47.03″W / 44.7966917°N 69.8797306°W / 44.7966917; -69.8797306 (Madison Public Library)
This building was designed by the Madison architectural firm of Snow & Humphreys.
10 Milo Milo MiloME PublicLibrary.jpg Sep 30, 1908 $8,500 4 Pleasant St.
45°15′12.88″N 68°59′10.02″W / 45.2535778°N 68.9861167°W / 45.2535778; -68.9861167 (Milo Free Public Library)
Construction for this Frederick A. Patterson of Bangor design (based largely on Plan F from the leaflet distributed by James Bertram, Carnegie's secretary) did not begin until May 1922.[6]
11 Oakland Oakland Oakland Public Library, Oakland, ME.jpg Feb 15, 1912 $10,000 18 Church St.
44°32′46.56″N 69°43′10.34″W / 44.5462667°N 69.7195389°W / 44.5462667; -69.7195389 (Oakland Public Library)
Designed by Harry S. Coombs, this building was expanded in 2002.
12 Old Town Old Town Carnegie Library, Old Town, ME.jpg Feb 12, 1903 $10,000 46 Middle St.
44°56′7.45″N 68°38′53.25″W / 44.9354028°N 68.6481250°W / 44.9354028; -68.6481250 (Old Town Public Library)
A neoclassical work by New York architect Albert Randolph Ross, this library was expanded in 1991.
13 Pittsfield Pittsfield PittsfieldME PublicLibrary.jpg Mar 20, 1903 $10,000 89 S. Main St.
44°46′55.18″N 69°22′59.75″W / 44.7819944°N 69.3832639°W / 44.7819944; -69.3832639 (Pittsfield Public Library)
Architect Albert Randolph Ross would later use this Beaux-Arts design for the Warsaw, New York library. A Civil War monument was built to coincide with the building's dedication in 1904.
14 Presque Isle Presque Isle Public Library, Presque Isle, ME.jpg May 15, 1906 $10,000 39 2nd St.
46°41′0.13″N 68°0′49.85″W / 46.6833694°N 68.0138472°W / 46.6833694; -68.0138472 (Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Library (Presque Isle))
An addition to this Astle and Page of Houlton work in 1967 significantly changed the look of this library.
15 Rockland Rockland Public Library, Rockland, ME.jpg Apr 11, 1902 $20,000 80 Union St.
44°6′19.05″N 69°6′43.67″W / 44.1052917°N 69.1121306°W / 44.1052917; -69.1121306 (Rockland Library)
Opening April 26, 1904, this Clough and Wardner of Boston-designed library was notably visited by President Taft in 1910.[7]
16 Rumford Rumford Rumford's Library.JPG Jan 22, 1903 $10,000 58 Rumford Ave.
44°32′49.57″N 70°32′56.93″W / 44.5471028°N 70.5491472°W / 44.5471028; -70.5491472 (Rumford Public Library)
Designed by John Calvin Stevens of Portland, this Romanesque Revival building had a large addition completed in 1969.
17 Vinalhaven Vinalhaven Apr 22, 1906 $5,200 1 Carver St.
44°2′58.95″N 68°49′52.37″W / 44.0497083°N 68.8312139°W / 44.0497083; -68.8312139 (Vinalhaven Public Library)
This building was dedicated August 15, 1907. Designed by Clough and Wardner of Boston, it is in the Prairie School style.[8]
18 Waterville Waterville Public Library, Waterville, ME.jpg Apr 28, 1902 $20,000 73 Elm St.
44°33′4.59″N 69°37′55.05″W / 44.5512750°N 69.6319583°W / 44.5512750; -69.6319583 (Waterville Public Library)
The work of Lewiston architect William R. Miller, this building has been renovated twice.

Academic libraries[edit]

Institution Locality Image Year
Location Notes
1 Good Will Home Association Fairfield Carnegie Library Good Will-Hinckley Maine.jpg Mar 30, 1905 $15,000 Hinckley campus
44°40′39.68″N 69°38′0.07″W / 44.6776889°N 69.6333528°W / 44.6776889; -69.6333528 (Good Will Home Association Library)
Designed by Albert Randolph Ross, this library was dedicated May 29, 1907. It is now part of the Good Will-Hinckley campus.
2 University of Maine Orono Old Library Building, University of Maine, Orono, ME.jpg Feb 7, 1905 $55,000 Carnegie Hall
44°53′52.84″N 68°40′16.12″W / 44.8980111°N 68.6711444°W / 44.8980111; -68.6711444 (University of Maine Library)
Designed in the Greek Revival style, this building was a library until 1947. It now houses the Virtual Environment and Multimodal Interaction (VEMI) Laboratory.


  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. ^ Smith, Corinne H. "New England Carnegies: honoring the public libraries that Andrew Carnegie helped to fund". Retrieved 2009-07-22.
  3. ^ "History". Auburn Public Library. Archived from the original on August 4, 2007. Retrieved 2009-07-22.
  4. ^ Anderson, p. 43.
  5. ^ Because of the uniqueness of its grant, Gardiner is not listed as a Carnegie library in Bobinski. However, Anderson, Jones, and Miller all count it, with two authors attaching a footnote.
  6. ^ Bradeen, Edna L. (June 26, 1985). "Milo Public Library has Interesting History". Piscataquis Observer. Archived from the original on May 18, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-22.
  7. ^ "Rockland Library". Retrieved 2009-07-22.
  8. ^ "Building for Another 100 Years". Vinalhaven Public Library. Archived from the original on 2011-07-28. Retrieved 2009-07-22.
  9. ^ a b Miller, pp. 38–40


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  • 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.

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