This is a view of the Stillwater Carnegie Library. The view is WNW from 3rd Street. Photo Credit; Stillwater Public Library, John Runk Collection. Click or Tap the photo to view a "Time Tunnel" from the 1920's to 2016.
Carnegie Library, Narrative
by R. Molenda
Andrew Carnegie was a businessman and philanthropist. Many libraries were built across the USA under grants offered by Carnegie. A total of 2,509 Carnegie libraries were built worldwide between 1883 and 1929. In the USA, a total of 1,689 were built under grants that required agreement to terms set by Mr. Carnegie. Many of the libraries were unique, the library in Stillwater being no exception. The community was responsible for choosing the style, in this case, Beaux-Arts for the Stillwater library. The grants from the Carnegie Foundation were large. In Stillwater, Carnegie contributed $27,500. The grant for the Stillwater library was more than twice the amount of a typical Carnegie grant for this time period.