National Register of Historic Places in Alameda County
The Alameda Free Library building is significant as the City of Alameda's first library building.
It was built with a $35,000 grant from Andrew Carnegie and designed by architects William H. Willcox and John M. Curtis of San Francisco who designed many private and public buildings in California. The builder was C. H. Foster and Son who lived in Alameda and built over one hundred private and public buildings in Alameda over a 30-year period.
The building is located across Santa Clara Avenue from Alameda City Hall (National Register #80000791).
The building no longer houses Alameda's Main Library. The new Main Library is located at 1550 Oak Street.
Some Carnegie Free Libraries in California
Some Other Carnegie Free Libraries in the West
The website Carnegie Libraries of California contains much information about these libraries.