National Register of Historic Places in Humboldt County
The Ferndale Carnegie Library is a rare example of classical architecture in a community noted for its well maintained Victorian residential and commercial buildings.
Not many California towns with a population of fewer than one thousand souls received Carnegie funding. Ferndale was one of these towns.
Structural changes to both the interior and exterior of the library, though significant, have been carefully planned to maintain the integrity of the building's style and scale, while enabling this classic civic building to continue its valuable community role.
Excerpted from the NRHP Nomination.
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.