List of Carnegie libraries in North Carolina

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The following list of Carnegie libraries in North Carolina provides detailed information on United States Carnegie libraries in North Carolina, where 10 public libraries were built from 9 grants (totaling $165,696) awarded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York from 1901 to 1917. In addition, academic libraries were built at 6 institutions (totaling $127,868).


  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
1 Andrews Andrews Apr 13, 1914 $5,000
2 Charlotte Charlotte Mar 12, 1901 $40,000
3 Durham Durham Sep 14, 1917 $32,000 311 E. Main St. Closed in 1980. Building was renovated in 1984 and now houses offices.
4 Greensboro Main Greensboro Apr 26, 1902 $40,446
5 Greensboro Carnegie Branch Greensboro Apr 26, 1902 900 E. Washington St. Carnegie Negro Library, built 1924, now part of Bennett College campus
6 Hendersonville Hendersonville May 2, 1911 $10,000 4th Ave. and King St. Closed in 1970, now houses the Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development.
7 Hickory Hickory Elliott Carnegie Library, Hickory, North Carolina.jpg May 3, 1917 $13,250 415 1st Ave. NW Closed in 1952
8 Murphy Murphy May 15, 1916 $7,500 87 Peachtree St. Now a museum
9 Rutherford College Rutherford College Feb 21, 1907 $2,500
10 Winston-Salem Winston-Salem Feb 12, 1903 $15,000 211 W. 3rd St. Closed 1954, now a church

Academic libraries[edit]

Institution Locality Image Year
Location Notes
1 Biddle University Charlotte Dec 23, 1905 $12,500 100 Beatties Ford Rd. Closed in 1969, now houses student services
2 Davidson College Davidson Apr 18, 1905 $20,000 101 Dormitory Dr. Built 1910, closed in 1941, now college guesthouse
3 Guilford College Greensboro Hege Library.JPG Apr 30, 1908 $9,000 5800 W. Friendly Ave. Built in 1910
4 Livingstone College Salisbury Carnegie Library Livingstone.jpg Mar 15, 1905 $12,500 701 W. Monroe St. Built in 1908
5 State Normal and Industrial College
(now UNC Greensboro)
Greensboro Feb 4, 1904 $18,868 401 College Ave. Closed c.1950, now the Forney Building, houses IT services
6 University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Mar 21, 1905 $55,000 Closed in 1929, now called Hill Hall, music department facilities


  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. ^ Grants for multiple libraries (Greensboro) are listed only by their total amount, not broken down for each branch.
  3. ^ 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 without support from the others. Reader discretion is advised.