Fairbury Public Library

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    Diode Communications, Fairbury NebraskaAccording to Wikipedia, a Carnegie library is a library built with money donated by Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. More than 2,500 Carnegie libraries were built, including some belonging to public and university library systems. Of the 2,509 such libraries funded between 1883 and 1929, 1,689 were built in the United States. Very few towns that requested a grant and agreed to his terms were refused. When the last grant was made in 1919, there were 3,500 libraries in the United States, nearly half of them built with construction grants paid by Carnegie.

    Nearly all of Carnegie’s libraries were built according to “The Carnegie Formula”, which required matching contributions from the town that received the donation. It must:

    • demonstrate the need for a public library;
    • provide the building site;
    • annually provide ten percent of the cost of the library’s construction to support its operation; and,
    • provide free service to all.

    The Fairbury Public Library, a Carnegie Library, was constructed in 1907 – 1909 in the Neo-Classical Revival style. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

    Welcome to Apollo!

    The Fairbury Public Library has an internal computer system with some new options for patrons. If you have an e-mail address or a cell phone with a text plan you can receive a notice three days ahead of when your books are due as well as be informed of any overdue books or books on hold for you. Online through the card catalog page on this website you can log in to your library account using your card number and password (phone on file) and review books you have out, place holds on titles you want and update your contact information. You can also create a list of books you have read or wish to read using the bookmark option.

    Questions? Ask a staff person about using Apollo the next time you come to the Fairbury Public Library.


    Download eBooks and audiobooks for your computer, mobile device, or eBook reader from Nebraska Overdrive. Call the Fairbury Public Library for details about this service.

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