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januar 5, 2016

«Carnegie of Homestead» drops the word «library»


Carnegie Library of Homestead about 1900.

Guest blogger Mark Hudson of Monroeville, Pennsylvania, here comments on the first Carnegie Library to drop the word «library» in its name.


(The very strong privately funded Carnegie Library tradition of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century even inspired the Norwegian library pioneer Haakon Nyhuus. The Grünerløkka branch of Deichmanske bibliotek in Oslo (1914) is said to be the most carnegiish library building in Norway).

We’ve witnessed the phenomenon over the past few decades of library schools dropping the word “library» from their names and becoming «i-schools.» But I think this is the first example I’ve seen of a public library actually dropping the word “library» from its name.

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