List of Carnegie libraries in Virginia

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List of Carnegie libraries in Virginia is located in Virginia
Norfolk Main Norfolk Van Wyck
Norfolk Main
Norfolk Van Wyck
William and Mary
William and Mary
Manassas Industrial Institute
Manassas Industrial Institute
Washington and Lee
Virginia Carnegie libraries

The following list of Carnegie libraries in Virginia provides detailed information on United States Carnegie libraries in Virginia, where 3 public libraries were built from 2 grants (totaling $78,000) awarded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York from 1901 to 1914. In addition, academic libraries were built at 4 institutions (totaling $175,000).


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Public libraries[edit]

Library City or
Image Date
Location Notes
1 Norfolk Main Norfolk Freemason carnegie.jpg Mar 8, 1901 $50,000 345 W. Freemason St.
36°51′07″N 76°17′44″W / 36.851806°N 76.295417°W / 36.851806; -76.295417 (Norfolk Main Public Library)
Designed by Herbert G. Hale and Henry G. Morse, the Norfolk library has, since 1970, served as office space.[3]
2 Norfolk Van Wyck Norfolk Mar 8, 1901 $20,000 345 Shirley Ave.
36°52′28″N 76°17′26″W / 36.874403°N 76.290436°W / 36.874403; -76.290436 (Norfolk Van Wyck Public Library)
This library was funded by a Carnegie grant and a donation from H.D. Van Wyck in 1901, but did not open until May 15, 1916. It was designed by Ferguson, Calrow, and Wren.[4]
3 Waynesboro Waynesboro Feb 26, 1914 $8,000 301 Walnut Ave.
38°04′02″N 78°53′35″W / 38.067222°N 78.892917°W / 38.067222; -78.892917 (Waynesboro Carnegie Library)
Part of Fishburne Military School since 1984, this building was designed by T. J. Collins & Sons. Now used for JROTC classrooms.

Academic libraries[edit]

Institution Locality Image Date
Location Notes
1 The College of William & Mary Williamsburg Mar 31, 1905
Dec 14, 1921
Open 1909–1966, now Tucker Hall
2 Manassas Industrial Institute Manassas Carnegie Hall Arch.JPG Apr 16, 1908 $15,000 Only entrance arch remains
3 Randolph-Macon College Ashland May 2, 1921 $60,000 Now Peele Hall
4 Washington and Lee University Lexington Mar 15, 1905 $55,000 Open 1908–1979, known as Huntley Hall, now houses the Williams School of Commerce


  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. ^ "The South—Virginia". Library Journal. New York: R. R. Bowker. 40: 360. May 1915. ISSN 0000-0035.
  3. ^ Koch, Theodore (1917). A book of Carnegie libraries. New York: H. W. Wilson. p. 116. carnegie library norfolk.
  4. ^ Haile, Peggy. "History of the Norfolk Public Library". Norfolk Public Library. Retrieved 2009-07-16.
  5. ^ 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.