"Unless the Lord build the house, they labor in vain who build it."     Psalm 127:1


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The Princeton Public Library in Princeton, Indiana, is a Carnegie library.  It was originally a single story brick building with a basement.  A two-story brick addition was built in 1984, but eventually the library needed room to expand.  In 2001 we performed a structural evaluation in order to assist the Library Board of Directors in deciding whether to modify or replace the existing facility.  After the Board made the decision to remain in the original building, we provided the structural design and analysis necessary for the modifications, which included adding a new elevator.

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Andrew Carnegie made his fortune in the railroad and steel industries.  And he gave most of it away in order to help "those who, being most anxious and able to help themselves, deserve and will be benefited by help from others."

Between 1886 and 1919, Carnegie donated over $40 million to build 1,679 new community libraries.  The Carnegie libraries contained open stacks, which allowed patrons to browse through the books themselves.  Prior to the Carnegie Libraries, only librarians would be allowed into the stacks to retrieve books for patrons.


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