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Redfield Carnegie Library, Est. 1902
Redfield Carnegie Library, Est. 1902 Photo

5 East 5th Avenue
Redfield, SD 57469
US

Category:  Historical Sites


South Dakota’s Oldest Continuous Carnegie Library

The Redfield Carnegie Library began as a reading club with members buying books to circulate. In 1900 the city applied to the Andrew Carnegie Foundation for a $10,000 endowment, which was awarded in March 1902. Carnegie's money enabled the community to erect a majestic red brick building, with tan sandstone foundation, lintels and sills. The architect crowned his design with a domed cupola. The interior has beautiful oak columns and woodwork. Redfield city offices were contained within the library in the early years, the City Auditor serving as Librarian

Still providing library service, the Redfield Carnegie Library has the distinction of being the oldest Carnegie Library in continuous use as a library in South Dakota. One can view the beautiful building during the regular Library hours Mondays through Saturdays.




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