Glenn County Points of Interest: Carnegie Library in Bayliss

Carnegie Library in Bayliss 2 October 2013

Carnegie Library in Bayliss

Bayliss Library

This historic Carnegie Library was built to serve the small, rural population of the surrounding area.

It was dedicated on July 14, 1917, and has been in continuous use as a free public library since that date.

The Willows Chapter
Daughters of the American Revolution
Presented October 1, 1995
National Society
Daughters of the American Revolution
Mrs. Robert G. Herr, State Regent
California State Society, NSDAR

Carnegie Library
7830 County Road 39
Built 1917

In 1914 Bayliss benefited from the new California policy of establishing small library "stations" in rural areas, often in private homes. Bayliss residents, with the support of Glenn County, sought and received a $4,000 Carnegie grant.

The Bayliss Carnegie Library building was designed by William H. Weeks in the Classical Revival architectural style. It is unique among California Carnegies, located "at a crossroads" in a rural unincorporated community on Blue Gum - Bayliss Road (County Road 39 between Willows and Chico).

Among a few residences, a dairy farm, and a volunteer fire department, the small red-trimmed white stucco library identifies the community which in earlier years boasted a hotel, livery stable, country store and elementary school.

The building continues to operate as a branch of the Willows Public Library.

Source: Carnegie Libraries of California

Carnegie Free Libraries in San Francisco
Chinatown, Golden Gate Valley, Mission, Noe Valley, Presidio, Richmond, Sunset

Carnegie Free Libraries in Oakland
23rd Avenue, Alden, Golden Gate, Melrose

Some Other Carnegie Free Libraries in California
Alameda, Bayliss, Biggs, Colusa, Corning, Eureka, Ferndale, Gilroy, Grass Valley, Gridley, Hanford, Healdsburg, Hollister, Lincoln. Livermore, Lompoc, Nevada City, Orland, Oroville, Oxnard, Paso Robles, Patterson, Petaluma, Riverbank, Roseville, Sacramento, San Luis Obispo Santa Cruz, Sonoma, South San Francisco, St. Helena, Turlock, Willits, Willows, Woodland, Yolo, Yreka

Some Other Carnegie Free Libraries in the West
Beaver, Utah; Coos Bay, Oregon; Medford, Oregon; Panguitch, Utah

For more information about these and other Carnegie Free Libraries, visit the website Carnegie Libraries of California.

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