Ann Arbor in Washtenaw County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Ann Arbor's Carnegie Library (above), serving both the high school and the general public, opened in 1907. It was the only library donated by Andrew Carnegie that was attached to another building.
Earlier, in 1866, thirty-five women had put in three dollars each to start the Ladies' Library Association and pledged a dollar a year to purchase books for the public to borrow. As the collection grew, they constructed their own building in 1885 (inset above).
Books in the high school were always available to the public. In 1883 they were moved from the superintendent's office to a second floor room. Twenty-three-year-old Nellie Loving was hired as librarian.
In 1904 the school board and the city council were awarded $30,000 of Carnegie's funds to build a public library. The grant came just in time on the last night of the year, the high school burned down. Nellie Loving, who lived only a block away, joined hundreds of students and teachers to save more than 8,000 books. Many were moved to the old Methodist Church across State Street while the new school and attached library were built.
In the 1950s, after UM purchased the property, the Board of Education erected a new public library on Fifth Avenue at William Street and a new high school on Stadium Boulevard.
Erected by Ann Arbor Historical Foundation.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Education • Women. In addition, it is included in the Carnegie Libraries series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1907.
Location. 42° 16.868′ N, 83° 44.399′ W. Marker is in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in Washtenaw County. Marker is on East Huron Street east of South State Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 105 South State Street, Ann Arbor MI 48109, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Schools and Churches (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Harris Hall (about 300 feet away); Ann Arbor High School (about 300 feet FUMC's BSA Troop 4 (about 400 feet away); Rackham School of Graduate Studies (about 500 feet away); The James Foster House of Art (about 600 feet away); Ideation Building (about 700 feet away); Town and Gown: Entertainment and Changing Culture (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ann Arbor.
1. Carnegie Library fa็ade
The fa็ade of the Carnegie Library was integrated into the new building.
— Submitted July 20, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 20, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 101 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 20, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.