The Carnegie Free Library of Duquesne, circa 1904.
Close Window

General exterior view of the Library, front.

Credit: Courtesy of the State Library of Pennsylvania

Opened in 1904, the Carnegie Free Library of Duquesne was the third library in the Steel Valley funded by Andrew Carnegie. Constructed to provide educational uplift and physical exercise, the Carnegie libraries also played an important role in the programs that U. S. Steel provided under the banner of the welfare capitalism. U.S. Steel hoped the libraries and other benefits it provided would dissuade workers from joining unions and demanding higher wages.

Back to Top