Thursday, February 7, 2013
Library, Austin, Minnesota
[LIB7661] The Austin Public Library opened its doors in 1884 in the basement of the Mower County Courthouse. In 1904, the library moved to the newly-constructed Carnegie building at 201 2nd St. NW. The present building at 323 4th Ave. NE was completed in 1996. Today this beautiful Prairie-style facility houses over 100,000 volumes and serves the surrounding city and Mower county area of approximately 30,000 residents. [Website]
The original Carnegie library was razed in 1996 and is now a parking lot. For more on the history of the original library, click here.