Between 1888 and 1929, Andrew Carnegie, a Scottish-American businessman, provided the money to build 2,509 libraries in the world. The first Carnegie Free Library in the United States was built in 1889 in Braddock, PA.You can order one in varying styles here. Via these sites.
Carnegie credited much of his success in supporting libraries to Colonel James Anderson, a businessman in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. Colonel Anderson had opened his personal library to factory boys in order to better themselves. When Carnegie started promoting free libraries, women's groups across the U.S. often raised their town's share of the library's cost. Carnegie wanted to make sure each town contributed to library construction and book collections so that they could be "free to all."
In the spirit of Bookus Binder, Carnegie generosity showed us the way. One by one, thousands of Little Free Libraries will be endowed around the world--even more than Mr. Carnegie built--and you can help!
*Previously: Library on a donkey.