Carnegie Libraries, as institutions of lifelong learning, and as architectural landmarks, are significant in the history and culture of modern America. Patchogue’s Carnegie Library was the first of only two ever built in Suffolk County (the other being Northport Public Library, now home to Northport Historical Society). On all of Long Island, only one other was ever built, in Rockville Centre (now an office complex). The Patchogue-Medford Library will be embarking on a project to restore the Patchogue Carnegie to its original purpose. They have also graciously offered the use of the lower level of the Carnegie Library to be used as the home of the Greater Patchogue Historical Society Museum!
Vintage postcard of the newly built Carnegie Library.
Vintage photo of the main level.
Vintage photo of the lower level.
The Carnegie library as it stood on Lake Street.
Village and TRITEC officials surveying the building before its move!
Moving Day! Mayor Pontieri, Legislator Rob Calarco and TRITEC officials on hand at this historic event!
And so begins the journey.
And goes on throughout the night.
Many residents witnessed this historic move.
After a temporary stay on the far end of the property, the Carnegie now sits at its permanent location on the south side of West Main Street, next to the Sixth District Court Building.
To view a video of the Carneigie Library, pre-renovation, click here...