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Cover Story - July 8, 2011

Palo Alto's first public library

Andrew Carnegie Library on Hamilton Avenue preceded current branch downtown

Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie helped fund the first permanent library in Palo Alto, which was built in 1904 on Hamilton Avenue and Bryant Street, where City Hall now stands. Town trustee and later mayor John F. Parkinson had approached Carnegie for the funding during a trip to the East Coast and eventually was awarded a $10,000 grant, about half of what was needed, according to the monograph "Palo Alto and its Libraries — A Long-Time Love Affair" by Tom Wyman.

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