Old Norfolk Public Library

Old Norfolk Public Library (HMNI6)

Location: Norfolk, VA 23510
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 51.113', W 76° 17.724'

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Norfolk had several libraries for public use during the nineteenth century, among them that of the Norfolk Library Association, organized in 1870. Though designated "public," membership was not free. The fee to use the reading rooms and to check out books continued even after the Norfolk Public Library was incorporated by the Virginia General Assembly in 1894.

The book collection of the Library Association was moved from one rented space to another for more than 30 years. In 1901 the library board applied to philanthropist Andrew Carnegie for a grant to build a permanent home and received a pledge of $50,000. The children of William Selden donated the site for the library on West Freemason Street in memory of their father.

The Beaux Arts Classical library was designed by the Boston firm of Herbert D. Hale and Henry G. Morse. Details include a bust of Minerva over the entrance and a frieze engraved with the names of classical authors on the lintel cornice. The library opened free of membership dues on 21 November 1904.
HM NumberHMNI6
Series This marker is part of the Carnegie Libraries series
Placed ByCity of Norfolk
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Date Added Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 8:30pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 384514 N 4079224
Decimal Degrees36.85188333, -76.29540000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 51.113', W 76° 17.724'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 51' 6.78" N, 76° 17' 43.44" W
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Area Code(s)757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 345 W Freemason St, Norfolk VA 23510, US
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