New England Carnegies

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

Margaret Clapp Library

Wellesley College
Wellesley, Massachusetts

Designed by Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge

Classical Revival Style

Information Services, 106 Central Street, Wellesley MA  02481

Library web site:

A Brief History of the Building

1905:  Andrew Carnegie gave $132,000 to build the library.

1909-1910:  The original library was built.

1915:  Carnegie gave another $95,446 to fund an addition.  A wing. designed by Henry D. Whitfield, was added to the left-hand side of the building.

1956-1959:  The library underwent renovations.  A new addition, designed by Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson and Abbott, was placed at the rear of the library.

1973-1975:  A major addition was built onto the right-hand side of the structure.  The library was then named in honor of the college's eighth president, Margaret Antoinette Clapp (1910-1974), a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and member of the Class of 1930.  She served as the college president for 25 years (1949-1974).

Many thanks to Wilma Slaight, Wellesley archivist, for providing the postcard image, the model, and the early library photo.

Model view of the library and its additions throughout the years

Early photo of the library

2009 photos