Streator Carnegie Library

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An Andrew Carnegie Library listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places since 1996. With its two story high domed ceiling, ionic columns and oak staircases, it was considered too extravagant by critics when first opened in 1903. In the early twentieth century, a Carnegie library was the most imposing structure in hundreds of small American communities from Maine to California. Most of the library styles were unique, displaying a number of architectural styles. The architecture was typically simple and formal, welcoming patrons to enter through a prominent doorway, nearly always accessed via a staircase. The entry staircase symbolized a person's elevation by learning. Similarly, outside virtually every library was a lamppost or lantern to symbolize enlightenment.

The collection of the library contains 39,987 volumes. The library circulates 41,738 items per year. The library serves a population of 14,190 residents. The library also features many events throughout the year for kids and adults.

Streator Public Library 130 S. Park St.
Streator, IL 61364
815/672-2729
http://www.streatorpubliclibrary.org/

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A view of the beautiful rotunda.
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