Trinidad Carnegie Public Library
The public library in Trinidad has a long and rich history. The first mention of a Trinidad library appears in an August, 1882 issue of the Trinidad Daily News. Three prominent citizens established a library, presumably from their own collections. An editorial from early 1883 bemoaned the fact that people were frequenting the many saloons rather than the library.
In May 1892, Mr. T. T. Woodruff of Boston said that he would donate 1000 volumes and pay all library expenses for five years, provided the library was made public to all citizens and visitors. Exactly three years later, the library was “thrown open to the public,” and moved to a new location on the ground floor of the First National Bank building, just south of the elevator entrance.