National Register of Historic Places in Placer County

Roseville Carnegie Library
  Roseville Carnegie Library 10 December 2013
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National Register #09000199
Carnegie Library
557 North Lincoln Street
Built 1912

The first library in Roseville was a reading which opened in 1906 as an alternative to saloons for the many young men who arrived when the Southern Pacific Railroad established Roseville as a division point. In 1912, the reading room was replaced by a Carnegie Library.

The building was designed by William H. Weeks in the Classical Revival style. The bricks and terra cotta were manufactured at Gladding McBean in Lincoln. The granite was mined in Rocklin.

A marker on the base of the flagpole reads:

Roseville Historical Society Marker No. 1

Concerned by the lack of adequate library facilities in 1910, the Women's Improvement Club convinced the City Board of Trustees to contribute $2,000 and to apply to Andrew Carnegie for a $10,000 grant which they received on April 25, 1911. The land for the building was donated by local businessman A. B. McRae. The library was dedicated on October 12, 1912 and served the citizens of Roseville as a library and meeting place until November 7, 1982.

The Roseville Historical Society and the City of Roseville has [sic] restored and preserved this building for the continued use by the citizens of Roseville.

Rededicated October 12, 1988

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