List of Carnegie libraries in Oregon
The following list of Carnegie libraries in Oregon provides detailed information on United States Carnegie libraries in Oregon, where 31 public libraries were built from 25 grants (totaling $478,000) awarded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York from 1901 to 1915. In addition, one academic library was built at Pacific University.
Building still operating as a library
Building standing, but now serving another purpose
Building no longer standing
National Register of Historic Places Building listed on the
historic district on the National Register of Historic Places Building contributes to a
|1||Albany Carnegie Library (Albany, Oregon)||Albany||Apr 8, 1911||$12,500||302 SW Ferry St.||Part of the Monteith Historic District (info)|
|2||Ashland Carnegie Library||Ashland||Jun 25, 1909||$15,000|
|3||Baker City Carnegie Library||Baker City||Dec 13, 1907||$25,000||2020 Auburn Ave, Baker City, OR, 97814||Now known as the Crossroads Arts Center and part of the Baker Historic District (info)|
|Coos Bay Carnegie Library – See Marshfield Carnegie Library, below|
|4||Dallas Carnegie Library||Dallas||Dec 7, 1911||$10,000||187 SW Court Street, Dallas, OR 97338||New library opened in 1990.|
|5||Enterprise Carnegie Library||Enterprise||Jan 31, 1913||$5,000||On the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).|
|6||Eugene Carnegie Library||Eugene||Dec 14, 1903||$10,000||Demolished|
|7||Grants Pass Carnegie Library||Grants Pass||Nov 18, 1903||$12,500||Built in 1921, it was the last-built Carnegie library in Oregon. Demolished in 1959.|
|8||Gresham Carnegie Library||Gresham||Feb 21, 1901||—||410 N. Main St.
|The building is on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and is no longer part of the Multnomah County Library system. It is also known as the Gresham Pioneer Museum. (info)|
|9||Hermiston Carnegie Library||Hermiston||Jan 6, 1915||$5,000||215 E Gladys Ave, Hermiston, OR 97838|
|10||Hillsboro Carnegie Library||Hillsboro||Nov 3, 1913||$10,000|
|11||Hood River Carnegie Library||Hood River||Dec 3, 1912||$17,500||On the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP)|
|12||Klamath Falls Carnegie Library||Klamath Falls||Mar 14, 1913||$20,000||N. Alameda Ave. and Monclaire St.||Open 1914–1928, then used as a county public library and a high school library until 1957. Demolished to make room for school cafeteria in 1958.|
|13||La Grande Carnegie Library||La Grande||Apr 2, 1913||$12,500||1006 Penn Avenue, La Grande 97850||Now Art Center East a member based non-profit arts services organization. Visitn the art center here: artcentereast.org|
|14||Marshfield Carnegie Library||Marshfield||Apr 28, 1913||$12,500||515 W. Market St.
Coos Bay, OR
|Marshfield is now known as Coos Bay. The building is listed as the Coos Bay Carnegie Library in the National Register of Historic Places and is also known as the Coos Old Museum. (info)|
|15||McMinnville Carnegie Library||McMinnville||Jan 6, 1912||$10,000||(info)|
|16||Medford Carnegie Library||Medford||Jan 6, 1911||$20,000||On the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP)|
|17||Milton Carnegie Library||Milton||Jan 6, 1915||$7,500||815 S Main St, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862||Milton is now part of Milton-Freewater. The building is currently used as retail space.|
|18||Newberg Public Library||Newberg||Mar 18, 1911||$10,000|
|19||Ontario Carnegie Library||Ontario||Dec 3, 1912||$7,500||Demolished in 1964, but photo exists at ontariocommunitylibrary.org|
|20||Oregon City Carnegie Library||Oregon City||Dec 23, 1911||$12,500||606 John Adams Street, Oregon City, OR 97045||Built in 1912–13. Currently in use as the City Public Library. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.|
|21||Albina Library||Portland||Feb 21, 1901||$165,000||216 NE Knott Street, Portland, OR 97212||This building was in use as Multnomah County Library's "Title Wave Used Bookstore" until summer 2020., but now hosts the Albina Branch|
|22||Arleta Carnegie Library||Portland||Feb 21, 1901||—||4420 SE 64th Avenue, Portland, OR 97206||The building is no longer part of the Multnomah County Library system.|
|23||East Portland Carnegie Library||Portland||Feb 21, 1901||—||1110 SE Alder Street, Portland, OR 97214||The building is on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and is no longer part of the Multnomah County Library system.|
|24||North Portland Library||Portland||1912||—||512 N Killingsworth Street, Portland, OR 97217||Still part of the Multnomah County Library system|
|25||St. Johns Carnegie Library||Portland||Feb 21, 1901||—||7510 N Charleston Avenue, Portland, OR 97203||St. Johns was formerly a separate city, annexed by Portland in 1915. This library is still part of the Multnomah County Library system.|
|26||South Portland Carnegie Library||Portland||Feb 21, 1901||—||No longer part of the Multnomah County Library system|
|27||Salem Carnegie Library||Salem||Dec 24, 1907||$27,500||790 State Street, Salem, OR 97301||Owned by Willamette University|
|28||The Dalles Carnegie Library||The Dalles||Mar 9, 1907||$10,000||220 E 4th Sreet, The Dalles, OR 97058||On the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP)|
|29||Umatilla County Library||Pendleton||Jan 6, 1915||$25,000||214 N. Main St.
|On the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). Building now serves as the Pendleton Center for the Arts.|
|30||Union Carnegie Library||Union||Apr 25, 1911||$5,500||Cornerstone shows 1912|
|31||Woodburn Carnegie Library||Woodburn||Jan 14, 1914||$10,000|
|1||Pacific University||Forest Grove||Apr 5, 1905||$20,000||Built in 1912 as Pacific University's first library. Designed by Whidden & Lewis. Now used as classrooms.|
- 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 (Portland) are listed only by their total amount, not broken down for each branch.
- Henderson, Tom (August 16, 2012). "Oregon town considers fate of its historic library". Daily Journal of Commerce. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
- "The Title Wave Used Bookstore". Multnomah County Library. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
- "North Portland Library History". Multnomah County Library. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
- Miller, pp. 38–40
- "Carnegie Hall". The Council of Independent Colleges. November 2006. Retrieved 2008-11-04.
- 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.