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Redding’s Carnegie Library was built in 1902 at 1527 Yuba Street, on the west side of the Lorenz Hotel. Philanthropist and business man Andrew Carnegie donated money for libraries to be built throughout the world. Between the years 1889 and 1923, 1,681 Carnegie libraries were built in 1,412 U.S. communities. Redding was one of the lucky chosen. Yet years later, the City Council would vote to have it demolished instead of rehabilitated. The library was torn down in 1962. Bricks from the building were used in the outside walls of the present-day Redding Police Department and the City Council building.
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The Shasta Historical Society library is open to the public and volunteers are available to assist with research. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call 530.243.3720 or click here to visit the Shasta Historical Society website.
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