In 1904, construction on the Little Falls Carnegie Library began. The Library opened its doors on Tuesday, February 7, 1905. The Carnegie Library is distinguished by its Craftsman style of architecture. In 1980, the Library was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Carnegie Library became a part of the Great River Regional Library System in 1986. In 1999, there was an addition to the building to meet a growing population. Wireless internet access became available to Library patrons in 2008.
In 1905, there were a total of 1,415 registered borrowers (mostly Little Falls and what was charmingly known as “country people”). At the close of 2007, there were 8,335 registered borrowers in Morrison County. In its first year of service, the Library loaned out a total of 9,927 books. By way of contrast, the Library loaned 122,168 items (books, DVDs, magazines, etc.) in 2007. In 1905, there were 2,015 volumes in the Library. In December of 2007, there were 36,949 items housed at the Little Falls Carnegie Library (in addition to access to over 900,000 items shared in the Great River Regional Library System). In 2007, over 1,700 people attended more than 80 library programs for children, teens, and adults.
Today, the Little Falls Carnegie Library remains a vibrant hub for information seekers and curious minds of all ages, as well as a quiet place to sit and read. The Library is the information center for your community. If you need information of any kind, the Library will provide you with assistance. The Library staff utilizes extensive regional resources and, when necessary, the resources of libraries throughout the state.
The Carnegie Library has two meeting rooms: the Dorothy Pancratz Community Room that holds 60 people; and the Lindbergh Room that holds 10 people. They are free and available to the public during Library hours.
The Library also has wireless internet, as well as five public internet computers.
The Carnegie Library has educational events or activities. We had over 80 programs in 2007. They range from children's storytimes, crafts, and programs and events; teen book clubs, programs and events; and adult programs and events.
The Library is a full-service public library with access to over 900,000 items in the Great River Regional Library system. GRRL also provide interlibrary loan service to borrow items that are not owned in the regional system. GRRL provide reference service to answer information requests. We develop, organize and make available to the public a useful collection of books and information resources by providing free access to community focused materials, and lifelong learning opportunities.