The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning - image of building

The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
251 West Second Street
Lexington, Kentucky 40507
P:(859) 254-4175, ext. 21 / F:(859) 281-1151

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday 10 am-7:30 pm
Friday 10 am -5 pm
Saturday 10am -2 pm


The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning empowers people to explore and express their voices through imaginative learning and the literary arts.


  • Encourage active, critical, and creative learning
  • Promote the components of literacy, including reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, & technology
  • Provide educational opportunities for people of all ages and levels of learning
  • Establish partnerships with artists, educators, and community groups
  • Support and promote Kentucky writers and artists
  • Engage the imagination through literary arts
  • Preserve and enhance the historic Carnegie building for the benefit of the community

The Carnegie Center is a non-profit family learning center devoted to helping all citizens improve their quality of life. Our open-door policy invites people young and old to learn something new. We offer seasonal classes in Writing, Computer Literacy, graphic design, and Language; tutoring for students grades K-12; vibrant youth and family programs and exhibits, readings, and other arts-related events designed to encourage among Central Kentuckians an appreciation for all art forms and for learning in general.

Many classes and events at the Carnegie Center are free, and wherever low-cost registration fees are required, scholarships are available to help those in need. The Carnegie Center has long been a haven for writers, and we have built on that tradition to become a home to diverse groups of people who love to read, to discuss, to explore, to play, to create, and to learn. There’s something for everyone at the Carnegie Center, where learning lives.

Learn more about each space by clicking the links below: