Carnegie Library

500 George Street North, ,

Courtesy of the Heritage Preservation Office, City of Peterborough

The Carnegie Library Building was built with money from the Andrew Carnegie Foundation in 1910/11. American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie recognized the importance of public libraries as educational institutions for the common people, so he gave away several hundred million dollars to build them in English-speaking countries around the world on the condition that municipalities donate the land and set up financial endowments to maintain them in perpetuity. This library also stood at one time as Peterborough’s community museum and housed the collection of the Victoria Museum, first established in1897. This building is now part of City Hall. Significant architectural features include the pillars at the main entrance, which are made with curved brick.

GPS Coordinates: 44.309380000, -78.320194000