New England Carnegies

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

Reading Town Hall

Reading, Massachusetts
(formerly the Reading Public Library)

Designed by Adden and Parker, Boston-based architects who lived in Reading

Italian Renaissance Revival Style

16 Lowell Street Reading MA  01867


A Brief History of the Building

1902:  Andrew Carnegie offered $12,500 to Reading for a library building.  No action was taken on the offer at the town meeting.

1911:  15% of the library books were damaged by a fire at the Odd Fellows building, which was being used as the library.

1915:  Carnegie's offer had increased to $15,000, and the town accepted it.

1918:  The new library opened on July 3.

The library has since moved to 64 Middlesex Avenue.

The building is now used as part of the town hall.

Information was supplied by the Reading Public Library.

2005 photo