Story: Libraries

Carnegie libraries in New Zealand, 2014

In 1902 Scots-American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie offered to fund a free public library in Dunedin. Carnegie had been giving money for the construction of public libraries throughout the world for almost 20 years, and New Zealand benefited from his largesse. Eighteen Carnegie libraries were opened in New Zealand between 1908 and 1916. Click on the images to see a photo of each library. 

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Julia Millen, 'Libraries - Public libraries', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 July 2024)

Story by Julia Millen, published 22 Oct 2014