New England Carnegies

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

Somerville Public Library

Somerville, Massachusetts

Designed by Edward Lippincott Tilton

Italian Renaissance Revival Style

79 Highland Avenue, Somerville MA  02143-1797

Library web site:

A Brief History of the Building

1907:  Andrew Carnegie gave $123,000 to Somerville to build a central library and two branch libraries.

1911:  The old library, built next to City Hall in the 1880s, was turned over to City Hall offices.

1913:  The new library was dedicated on December 17.  It opened in January 1914.

1975-1976:  A $1.7 million renovation took place.

2007:  The library was awarded a $40,000 Planning and Design Grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

This library has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1989.

 Information and original depiction were supplied by the Somerville Public Library.

2005 photos