Ayr Carnegie Library

Berlin (Kitchener) Carnegie Library

Elmira Carnegie Library

Galt Carnegie Libary

Hespeler Carnegie Library

New Hamburg Carnegie Library

Preston Carengie Library

Waterloo Carnegie Library

Preston Carnegie Library

Preston Carnegie Library view of the front from across the street

Date grant received: February 13, 1909

Amount of grant received from the Carnegie Foundation: $12,000

Date library opened: 1910

Architect: W E. Binning

In 1871 the Preston Library was established as a Mechanics' Institute and it was located in the Fireman's Hall and then in 1887 it moved to the Oddfellows' Hall. As the demand for books and therefore space increased the library applied for a grant from the Carnegie Foundation and in 1910 the Preston Library moved to the new building on Argyle street. It was said that the books were moved to the new location using a wheelbarrow.

In 1973 the three libraries of Preston, Galt and Hespeler joined to form the Cambridge Public Library. In that same year the Preston Library moved from the Carnegie building to a more modern building on King street. Since then the Carnegie building has been used for many different purposes. Currently the building is vacant.

Visit the Cambridge Public Library webstie for a more detailed account of the library's history.

Preston Carnegie Library view of the columns from the side   Preston Carnegie Library view from of the top arch  

Preston Carnegie Library view of the column tops

  Preston Carnegie Library view of the column looking up  


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