Carnegie Library Hopkinsville


Hopkinsville Carnegie Library

About the Carnegie Library in Hopkinsville

More than a century ago, Andrew Carnegie donated the funds for Hopkinsville to build and operate the Carnegie Library.  The library served Hopkinsville from 1914 to 1976.


After 1976, the Carnegie Library suffered years of neglect and was almost torn down.  Only after the intervention of concerned residents - with initial help from the First Presbyterian Church, the City Council and the Fiscal Court - was a program initiated to save the structure for present and future generations of Hopkinsville and Christian County.


Its restoration is now about two thirds complete, and looking into the home stretch. It has a new roof, has reclaimed and reinstalled the original main doors and features all new exterior doors on the ground floor.  The metal cornice has been repaired and painted, and the brick tuck pointed on all four sides.  The ground floor interior work has also been completed and the space is now ready for occupancy - presently available for private functions.


The historic Carnegie Library has been a prominent fixture for over a century in the heart of  downtown Hopkinsville.  It is both culturally and architecturally a significant part of who we are as a city.  Its preservation as a library, museum and meeting space will ensure its continued contribution to the community for generations to come.

Learn more about the restoration of the Hopkinsville Carnegie Library by watching this short video.

Once complete, how will this space be used?


We intend to save this culturally valuable landmark and restore it to the use for which it was originally intended.  It will perform four essential functions that will begin immediately to have a positive impact on the future of Hopkinsville and Christian County.

  1. Provide an after school tutoring program - undeniably the most important function of the restored Library space.  This outreach to Hopkinsville and Christian County will be dedicated to helping students who are eager to improve their reading skills.
  2. Provide a library and museum of Kentucky (and American) Architecture - which will be the only facility of its kind in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
  3. Provide a lecture and exhibition hall that is open to all, which will be an attraction for community schools from grade school through college levels.
  4. Provide a restored key architectural landmark in Hopkinsville's business district, which will greatly enhance the downtown revitalization program.

Renting the space on the ground floor of the Carnegie Library for your next event, is a great way to support the Library and preserve  the Carnegie Legacy for years to come. Contact us today to book your next company event at the Historic Carnegie Public Library.

Have a question about the Hopkinsville Carnegie Library? Interested in renting the ground floor space?

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Progress to Date:


  • New Roof
  • Re-installation of original pair of main entrance doors
  • Repair of all broken and damaged windows
  • Restoration of exterior brickwork
  • Restoration of exterior cornice
  • Structural repairs to the bridge truss roof system
  • New handicapped building access
  • New concrete basement floor complete with moisture barrier
  • New tile floor on ground level
  • Restoration of walls, doors and trims on ground floor
  • New bathrooms
  • New Kitchen/pantry space - ready to be outfitted
  • New exterior doors (four) on the ground floor
  • Sump pumps in three exterior locations
  • New exterior lighting front and rear

Remaining Work:


  • Restore interior walls of the main floor
  • Repair and paint all main floor interior doors and trim
  • New ceiling and light fixtures for the main floor
  • Floor covering the main floor space (carpet & tile)
  • Installation of new windows to match existing on main floor
  • HVAC system for the main floor - to be located in attic space
  • Elevator installation

2016 Carnegie Library Board Members

Carnegie Library Hopkinsville Board Member, James Coursey
Carnegie Library Hopkinsville Board Member, William Turner


Carnegie Library Board Member Wayne Goolsby
Carnegie Library Hopkinsville Board Member, Daniel Stahl
Carnegie Library Hopkinsville Board Member, Bill Nichol

James Coursey

William Turner

Wayne Goolsby

(photo coming soon)

Bill Nichol

(photo coming soon)

Daniel Stahl

You Can Help...


With generous assistance from the Christian County Community, the long awaited reopening of the Library - where many of the residents of Hopkinsville and surrounding areas spent a lot of time in their youth, will soon become a long awaited reality.


Naming Rights...


Your legacy can live on in perpetuity with your name permanently affixed to the Carnegie Public Library.  The board will officially amend the Carnegie Public Library name to include your name to the individual or entity that provides the most money to restoring this beautiful historic landmark.  To find out more, contact James Coursey at the contact information listed below.

Hopkinsville Carnegie Library Inc.

P.O. Box 1349

708 Liberty Street


Hopkinsville, KY 42241

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