National Register of Historic Places in Butte County

National Register #07000405: Carnegie Library in Oroville, California 24 April 2013
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National Register #07000405
Oroville Carnegie Library
1675 Montgomery Street
Oroville
Built 1912

Andrew Carnegie funded 1,681 public library buildings in 1,412 communities between 1889 and 1923.

His philanthropy had a great impact on public library development in the United States. Free public libraries supported by local taxation had begun in Boston in 1849 and had spread slowly throughout the country. Carnegie attached two conditions to his offer: the local community had to provide a suitable site and agree to support the library through local tax funds.

Oroville Carnegie Library, designed by William Weeks, is one of thirty-six Temple Style Classical Revival Carnegie Libraries built in California between 1903 and 1915 and one of eighteen still standing.

Oroville's library history dates back to an 1859 early mining town library, one of the few to survive and be listed in the 1876 national survey. Also listed were Placerville, Nevada City, and Knights Ferry.

Adapted from the NRHP Nomination.

When we photogrphed the building in April 2013, it housed the Butte County Public Law Library and the Oroville SHARP Facility.

Some Carnegie Free Libraries in California: The website Carnegie Libraries of California contains much information about these libraries.
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