The roots of the library started in Will Mitchell’s Grocery Store (13th & 7th Avenue former S&H Green Stamp Center) December 31, 1884. With a collection of 100 books, you could be a library subscriber for $1 for two years. Just a penny a week. The Carnegie Free Library of Beaver Falls (CFLBF) has been in its present location since it opened its doors in 1903.
In January of 1899 a committee composed of W.H. Morrison, J.F. Merriman, H.W. Reeves and F.F. Brierly was appointed to contact Andrew Carnegie asking for a donation with witch to build a library. Finally a letter arrived in which Mr. Carnegie offered a gift of $50,000. The Daily Tribune of September 13, 1899 carried the following headline: “Beaver Falls is to Get a Library”. CFLBF is proud to be the first public library of Beaver County, and the first of two county Carnegie libraries. Over 2,509 Carnegie libraries were built between 1883 and 1929 across the world.
When the library doors opened it not only was the community’s public library facility it also served as a center of various community activities. The former auditorium (renovated in the 1962) comprised 45% of the building and had a seating capacity of more than 600. The auditorium was the scene for many plays, events and high school graduations.
Today, CFLBF’s is home to three separate organizations, each located on a separate floor:
- The Beaver Falls Historical Society Museum is located in the lower level. It houses a collection of Beaver Falls artifacts including Mayer China, Beaver Falls Fire Department and has a display of a typical living room in the 1800’s. The Museum is open weekdays, call 724-494-2439 x 1234 for more information.
- The CFLBF is located on the first floor. It houses a collection of over 40,000 books, audios, DVDs and kits. Services also include: WiFi internet access, friendly service and assistance, access to databases and online sources; children and youth educational programs. The Library is open Monday-Thursday and Saturday for more information visit call 724.846.4340. To access online resources: www.beaverlibraries.org/beaverfalls.asp
- The Larry Bruno Foundation Hall of Achievement is located on the second floor. It houses a collection of Beaver Falls Sports memorabilia including Coach Larry Bruno’s collection, Joe Namath artifacts and displays from the honorees of the Hall of Achievement. The Hall of Achievement to open on Saturdays or by appointment, call 724.728.7399 for more information. Website: www.themagicalcoach.org
Library Patrons & Services
CFLBF offers programming and services tailored to meet local needs and serves patrons in the Beaver Falls City, Big Beaver Boro, Eastvale, White Township, Homewood, Koppel, New Galilee, Patterson Heights, and Patterson Township communities.
CFLBF is a member of the Beaver County Library System and offers access to all 9 libraries, Community College of Beaver County and the Beaver County Law Library collections. Your Beaver County Library Card is good in all the libraries in Beaver County, start your search at http://www.beaverlibraries.org/beaverfalls.asp.
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