If you’ve taken any sort of American history class, chances are you’ve heard of the famous industrialist Andrew Carnegie, the Scottish-American who made an enormous fortune in the Steel Industry. Carnegie was also one of the biggest philanthropists in the U.S., using his wealth to built public works including the famous Carnegie Hall.
Carnegie built a number of libraries all over the world, 106 in New State York alone. In 1903 the city of Binghamton received a $75,000 gift from Carnegie to build a beautiful brick-and-limestone building in the Classical Greek Style with Ionic columns and porticos. Names of thirteen literary icons are etched in stone above the large windows: Emerson, Lowell, Homer, Plato, Bacon, Shakespeare, Hugo, Virgil, Dante, Goethe, Schiller, Longfellow, and Hawthorne.
The library housed books as well as assembly meetings, an art gallery, and a museum.
In 2000, the library relocated to a brand-new, larger facility on Court Street. Since then the library has remained empty .