Thursday, December 16, 2010

1926 Carnegie Library, Rice Lake, Wisconsin

In 1902, the library circulated 9,586 books and in 1919 it rose to 24,000. By 1932, circulation rose to 71,426, then increased slowly to the 1971 count of 75,173. In 1972, the board considered the renovation and modernization of the library, but found that was not feasible. The board looked at adding on to the west to preserve the library's architecture, but when the Erickson firm offered to sell its grocery store building at Main and Marshall Streets for $150,000, the board opted to make the move.

The city purchased the Erickson building and sold the Carnegie library to the adjacent Dairy State Bank. The old library was razed in the summer of 1985. The new library was dedicated in April of 1978.

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