New England Carnegies

A site that honors the libraries that Andrew Carnegie helped to fund

Melrose Public Library

Melrose, Massachusetts

Designed by Penn Varney of Lynn

Classical Revival Style

69 West Emerson Street, Melrose MA  02176-3171

Library web site:

A Brief History of the Building

1901:  Andrew Carnegie gave $25,000 to the town to build the library.  The building was constructed on the site of the old high school, which had been destroyed by fire in 1897.

1904:  The new library was dedicated on April 20th.

1963:  An addition was constructed.

1990:  Interior and exterior renovations were made possible with a Massachusetts Library Construction Grant.

This building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.

2005 photos