Hamilton’s Carnegie Library Est. 1909.
- Andrew Carnegie’s commitment to public learning grew out of his humble upbringing in the slums of Pittsburgh. As a child working to support his mother, he was not afforded the same privilege as school going children in their right to use the library and its facilities. Having found knowledge to be a source of escape from poverty, he spent his retirement years funding the construction of over 2,500 libraries all over the world. His belief was that man should be afforded the right to study and better themselves as he had done, and thus no library should be private.