List of Carnegie libraries in Puerto Rico

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The following list of Carnegie libraries in Puerto Rico provides detailed information on the United States Carnegie library in Puerto Rico, where one library was built from one grant (totaling $100,000) awarded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York in 1916.

Carnegie libraries[edit]

Library City or
Image Date
Location Notes
1 San Juan San Juan Oct 4, 1901 $100,000 7 Ave Juan Ponce De León
18°24′3.154″N 66°5′23.985″W / 18.40087611°N 66.08999583°W / 18.40087611; -66.08999583 (Biblioteca Carnegie)
Opened July 27, 1915, this library in the Puerto Rico was the first building to be built there for the specific purpose of a public library. In 1965, it was closed due to disrepair. It reopened in 1969. September 18, 1989, Hurricane Hugo severely damaged the library, resulting in the loss of $975,000 worth of books. It did not reopen again until 1995.[2] The library has reportedly closed again, as of October 2018. [citation needed]


  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. ^ "Biblioteca Carnegie". Retrieved 2015-07-20.


  • 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.