The Monte Vista Carnegie Library was opened in June of 1919. Since then, the library has experienced many transformations. In 1998, a restoration of the existing part of the library was done to the exterior and interior of the library to further preserve this historical building. In 2000, an addition was added to the library that doubled its size. This addition to the library cost approximately $680,000. Of the cost $160,000 was raised locally, while the remainder of the funds were attained by grants. Through this grant money, the computer lab was also brought to the library, which is worth approximately $52,000. Overall, the library has had a facelift of an estimated $1 million dollar net value.
The Carnegie Library is one of the few original Carnegie Libraries that still exist in the United States today. Many of the Carnegie Libraries that have not been demolished are now used for other means. This makes the Monte Vista Carnegie Library very special. It is also on the Colorado State Historical Register and the National Historical Register. You can find a list of remaining Carnegie Libraries through our directory of related links page. The Carnegie Library is an asset to the community of Monte Vista and is something that the citizens of Monte Vista are very proud of.
In addition to being a library, the Monte Vista Carnegie Library also presents many resources for the citizens of Monte Vista. The library holds 1 on 1 computer classes, and a weekly story hour for young children. The Carnegie Public Library Board of Trustees meet every 3rd Thursday of the month and all meetings are open to the public. The Monte Vista Carnegie Library also has a branch library located in South Fork, Colorado, just 30 minutes away from Monte Vista to the west.
The Monte Vista Carnegie Library has a very warm and welcoming atmosphere for patrons young and old! Stop in to see what the library has in store for you.
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A memorial is hung in the Carnegie Library of Monte Vista in honor of Anne Divine and Therea LePlatt for their years of service to the library.