Jeffrey, Jonathan
August 2006
Kentucky Libraries;Summer2006, Vol. 70 Issue 3, p21
Academic Journal
The article presents information about the Carnegie Library in Owensboro, Kentucky, which was opened in July 1911. In 1902, W.G. Archer, secretary of the Business Men's Association, wrote a letter to Andrew Carnegie, an industrialist, for providing financial assistance in the opening of a library in Kentucky. Carnegie agreed to donate $30,000 for the construction of a public library. The city council of Owensboro promised to spend $3000 annually for the library's operation and maintenance. The library was designed by Albert Randolph Ross, an architect. The library's first floor had a lecture hall that could accommodate 250 people. The second floor of the library consisted of reading rooms. The stacks and wall cases were capable of storing 60,000 books. The library also had space for the librarian's office and a meeting room. In 1968, the library was moved to a new building at Griffith Avenue, Kentucky.


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