New England Carnegies

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

Brockton Public Library

Brockton, Massachusetts 

Designed by Nathaniel C. Smith of New Bedford, Mass.

Beaux Arts Style

304 Main Street, Brockton MA  02301-5323

Library web site:

A Brief History of the Building

1910:  Andrew Carnegie gave $110,000 to the city to build the library.

1915:  According to The Massachusetts Library Club Bulletin, March 1915 (vol.5, no.2, p. 36), "An autographed photo of Mr. Carnegie has been received by the trustees of the Brockton Public Library in response to a personal request.  The message written on the photo is 'Success to the Brockton Library.  May it prove a fountain from which blessed waters flow.' The picture will be framed and given a place in the trustees' room."

2003:  A large addition opened on July 15.  Burt Hill Kosar Rittlemann Associates were the architects.

Information was supplied by the Brockton Public Library.

2005 photo