Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie donated $5.2 million to the New York
Public Library in 1901 to expand its services through branches around
Calling it a “rare privilege” to provide the funds that would build the
modern library system beloved by New Yorkers today, Carnegie wrote his
massive check without a hint of misgiving.
Last week, the NYPL opened a new free display celebrating Carnegie's vision and generosity.
“Celebrating Carnegie's Gift to New Yorkers” will run through May 10 in
the McGraw Rotunda on the third floor of NYPL’s iconic Stephen A.
Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in Manhattan. Read more..