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Vincennes' Carnegie LibraryVincennes' Carnegie Library

Location: NW corner of 7th & Seminary Streets, Vincennes. (Knox County, Indiana)

Installed: 2001 Indiana Historical Bureau and Knox County Public Library

ID# : 42.2001.1

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Side one:

Designed by local architect John B. Bayard in Collegiate Gothic Style; built 1917-1918. Dedicated 1919, with 13, 518 books and 4, 207 registered borrowers, as Vincennes Public Library; Public Library located in City Hall since 1889. Modern addition 1976-1977; became Knox County Public Library 1978.

Side two:

Library has played major role in the community's educational and cultural development. Included in Vincennes Historic District, listed in National Register of Historic Places 1974. One of 1, 679 libraries built in U.S. with funds from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Indiana built more Carnegie libraries than any other state.

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Carnegie Library, Buildings and Architecture