Welcome to the Carnegie Library!
Welcome to the Newnan Carnegie Library blog! We will keep you up to date on all the wonderful programs and activities we have here at the Carnegie.
Andrew Carnegie provided a grant of $10,000, on December 30, 1901 for construction of a Carnegie Library building facing the town square in Newnan, GA. A teenager, Charles L. Thompson, from this Georgia town actually sought this library grant directly from Andrew Carnegie. Given early in the Carnegie Library grant program, this was one of the first Carnegie Library grants in the state of Georgia and was provided to a town which had not previously had a public library. It is also, likely, the oldest surviving Carnegie Library building in the state. The cornerstone for the Library was laid on August 4, 1903. The Carnegie Library opened to the public in 1904. It served as the local library until 1987. At that time, the City and the County collaborated to build a new library now knows as the Asa Powell, Jr. library of the Coweta County Public Library system. The Carnegie was then turned into a government center where court was held. Years later when the Judicial Center was built on Hwy 29, the function of the court was moved and the Carnegie was closed again. In 2007, a grassroots group of local citizens successfully lobbied the City to refurbish the Carnegie and bring it back to life, offering library type services. It was re-opened in September 2009 and now serves as a community center that offers library type services, programs for children through seniors, and meeting rooms available for rental.
The first floor contains the adult and teen reading room and the children’s reading room. It has computers available for general public use, a permanent set of reference material in all categories, a City of Newnan gift shop, points of historical interest in the curios, magazines and newspapers available for on-site reading and an honor book system.
The honor book system hosts a wide variety of books, DVD’s, audio books and music for all ages. Tagged with an “honor book” sticker, patrons may take home the selections and bring back when finished. Items may be returned during our hours of operation: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or may be dropped off, after hours, using our book drop which is located outside the front door area.
Our programs are held on the second floor usually during the day. Calendars are available which highlight the programs available each month. You may sign up to receive our email notifying you of our programs, and other information, if you wish to do so.
Thank you for visiting the online home of the Carnegie Library. We hope to see you at the Library soon so you can participate in all the wonderful programs and activities we offer at the Newnan Carnegie Library.