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Carnegie Public Library
Introduction - See Opposite
Chapter 2 1887 – 1891
Chapter 3 1891 – 1900
Chapter 4 1900 – 1930
Chapter 5 1930 – 1975
Chapter 6 1975 – Present
Chapter 7 Librarians
Portrait of Neil M. Gunn done by D. M. Sutherland 1965
I have been asked a few times by the public and my work colleagues to write a book on the history of Wick Library from its earliest origins.
Imagine if this building could talk! It would have a fascinating story to tell about the challenges and the changes in the library from its beginnings to the present. But it cannot speak for itself so I have tried to help tell that story.
The story can be fascinating. What sticks in my mind the most are the different generations--- from grandparents to grandchildren--- coming into the library to see our famous stuffed crocodile!
Although less exciting than crocodiles, the detective work has also been interesting. I have gone through all the information from the minutes’ books & the letter book, picking out the main bits to put into this book.
There is information available from the beginning. Our library still has its original minute books from the 1880s up to the mid -1900s, although in some cases things like these can disappear from the record.
The library itself has changed hands a few times, starting off as Wick Parish Carnegie Public Library, before coming under the Caithness County Council in the 1930s.Highland Regional Council took over in 1975, giving way to Highland Council in 1996.
The minutes’ books, letter book and the plans of the library are held on permanent loan in the Archives upstairs in the library.