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Carnegie Library, Danville, Indiana, 1910



The Danville Public Library began in 1902 on a lot at the corner of Marion and Indiana Streets in downtown Danville. Being the county seat, and having Central Normal College already established, local businessmen felt it was time for a public library to serve both the students of the college and citizens of the community. Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie offered to help communities build libraries with grant money and Danville was able to secure one to build the library. The Danville Public library was the first of four Carnegie libraries that were built in Hendricks County. After receiving the Carnegie grant, construction on the building began in September of 1902 and was completed in June of 1903. They began with a collection of approximately 1,000 books to lend to patrons that were either purchased by the ladies club or donated by local citizens. To keep current they also subscribed to the leading magazines in the country at that time.