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The San Juan Community Library is dedicated to promoting enthusiasm for reading, research, and cultural enrichment.
Founded in 1987, the San Juan Community Library is one of two lending libraries in Puerto Rico and has 26,000 books in Spanish and English in its collection. Family membership costs $25 per year, or approximately the price of a new hardbound book. The Library is run by volunteers and encourages community and individual participation for its upkeep and day-to-day operations.
Today we have:
28,000 volumes in English and Spanish, maintained within the following collections: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Science Fiction, Puerto Rico, Children’s Fiction and Young Adult, Reference, Audio-Visual (DVD’s, CD’s, and books on tapes), Oversize Collection, Home Schooling, Water color, and a Seven-Day Collection (current releases, both fiction and non-fiction).
The Carnegie Library, located in the Puerta de Tierra sector of San Juan,7 Ave Juan Ponce De León, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico. +1 787-722-4739, was one of the institutional structures built by the United States government as part of its education program on the island. Its origin dates to 1903 when the first public library was established under the new civil government. It was then known as the Island Library. The books that had been in the libraries that existed under Spanish rule prior to 1898 were transferred to this library.
During the term of Governor Arthur Yager, the island received a donation of $100,000 from U.S. philanthropist Andrew Carnegie to pay for the costs of building a library. Puerto Rican architect Ramón Carbia was in charge of the design of the structure. Construction began in 1914 on land donated by the Puerto Rico government. In 1917, the government formally accepted the donation and named the building Carnegie Library. All of the resources located in the Island Library, the first public library in Puerto Rico (1903), were transferred to the new structure.
Today, the Carnegie Library is administered by the Department of Education. The structure has been listed on the United States Department of the Interior's National Register of Historic Places since 1983.
The library is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. It also offers a varied program of activities to the community, such as forums, book presentations and art exhibitions. The Luis O'Neill de Milán Hall is available to the community for these purposes. Rooms are equipped with computers that access Internet free of charge to the public. It also lends books and videos to its members.