Montana’s Carnegie Libraries

The Best Gift: Montana's Carnegie Libraries
This book will be available in September from Farcountry Press for $19.95. All proceeds to benefit Montana’s libraries.

Coming soon to a library near you

Look for our new book, “The Best Gift: Montana’s Carnegie Libraries”, this September. 

Between 1901 and 1922, seventeen Montana communities built libraries with money given to them by the era’s richest man, Andrew Carnegie. Fifteen of those libraries stand today, and their story is compellingly told here by architectural historian Kate Hampton. Just as he did in “Hand Raised: The Barns of Montana”, photographer Tom Ferris provides stunning detail of both the classic and unusual architectural elements of these iconic buildings. Hand-drawn architectural renderings and other historical images combine to create a detailed portrait of Carnegie’s rich legacy in Montana.

Learn more about your community’s Carnegie library

Requested by librarians, organized by the History Foundation, and funded by private donors and community grants, a traveling exhibit will visit eleven of the original seventeen Carnegie library communities between September 2019 and the summer of 2020. This exhibit will include a launch party in each community and information geared toward each individual library and its history in that community. 

Look for the exhibit in Big Timber this September!


Generous funding from the Sweetgrass Community Foundation and the Park County Community Foundation will support the traveling exhibit in Big Timber and Livingston.