The Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square has been a fixture of Washington, D.C., having served as the city’s main public library from 1903 to 1972. As a child, Carnegie spent his days reading from the personal collection of a local merchant. He believed he had a moral obligation to give others the same learning experience.
Though the Carnegie Library’s purpose and caretakers have changed greatly over the years, with the building now housing an Apple Store, the location remains a testament to the philanthropic spirit of Andrew Carnegie, a firm believer in the power of education.
– Jacqueline Gualtieri, The Washington DC 100