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Ann Arbor in Washtenaw County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Carnegie Library

 
 
Carnegie Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, July 10, 2021
1. Carnegie Library Marker
Inscription.  
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.

Nellie Loving
Carnegie Library Marker — left images image. Click for full size.
Photos courtesy of the Ann Arbor District Library and the Bentley Historical Library.
2. Carnegie Library Marker — left images
Left image inset: After moving from one location to another, the Ladies' Library (since demolished) was built at 324 East Huron, on the south side west of Division.
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set up a course to teach students how to use the library and in 1910 started the children's department. In 1916 the Ladies' Library donated all of its 4,600 books to the public library. Loving retired in 1922. High school books were later moved to the third floor, with the public library below.

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.

Sponsored by The Ladies' Library Association • Since 1866 Benefiting Ann Arbor Libraries

 
Erected by Ann Arbor Historical Foundation.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkEducationWomen. 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
Carnegie Library Marker — right images image. Click for full size.
Photos courtesy of the Ann Arbor District Library and the Bentley Historical Library.
3. Carnegie Library Marker — right images
Right image: Second floor, Carnegie Library interior, ca. 1910.
Right image inset: Nellie Loving, Librarian 1883-1922
300 feet away); 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.
 
Additional commentary.
1. Carnegie Library façade
The façade of the Carnegie Library was integrated into the new building.
    — Submitted July 20, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
 
Carnegie Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, July 10, 2021
4. Carnegie Library Marker
Carnegie Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, July 10, 2021
5. Carnegie Library Marker
 
 
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 62 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 20, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.

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