Between the years of 1892 and 1917, 99 communities in Iowa received money from Andrew Carnegie to build public libraries. Carnegie also gave funds to build seven academic libraries in Iowa. Iowa received the fourth highest number of grants. Iowa also acquired the 3rd highest number of academic libraries during the period of Carnegie’s program.
The Carnegie Libraries in Iowa Project (CLIP) created a publicly accessible digital library of images as well as other documentary and statistical information. A digital collection of images of the libraries is available through the University of Iowa’s Digital Library.