Day 155

Saratoga Branch

June 2nd, 2012

Like 20 other branches of the Brooklyn Public Library, this one was built with a grant from Andrew Carnegie. By the time he died in 1919, Carnegie had funded almost 1700 libraries in the US — nearly half of all the libraries that existed in the country at that time. He also instituted an innovation that has proven influential in shaping the modern library experience: the open stacks, which encourage the public to browse and explore the collection of books on their own.

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