Within the Building


The Writers Reference Room provides an inviting space for writers of all stages to write, use our FREE Wi-Fi, and peruse reference materials. A variety of references are available on writing skills and the business end of writing, including a section for job seekers. This room has free-access to a variety of Writers Market books, literary journals and magazines, as well as a collection of works by Kentucky authors–both living and deceased–to further promote the reading and study of these books. Writers who need a temporary office find one in the Writers Reference Room.

HOURS OF OPERATION*: During Carnegie Center business hours
* Writing groups, workshops, and meetings use this room, so call ahead to ensure that the space is available.

The Carnegie Center’s Laurie S. Bottoms Gallery hosts six to eight art exhibits per year, featuring work by local professional artists in all mediums, as well as work by high school and college students. The center participates in Lexington’s Gallery Hop, offered five times per year. The gallery is named in memory of the center’s founding director. For information or inquiries about exhibits, contact Luisa Trujillo: Luisa@carnegiecenterlex.org

The Family Learning Center provides programming that encourages families to learn together, parents to be involved in their child’s education, and youth and families to find joy in reading, writing, and learning new things. The Family Learning Center officially opened in June 2008 using a blend of technology, reading and tutor resource materials, learning games, and other tools to stimulate learning. We invite families to use this space and materials to enhance family learning.

The Family Learning Center is open to the public Monday-Friday from 9 am-3 pm. The FLC will then be
designated for tutoring for the remainder of the day.

Thank you for thinking of the Carnegie Center as the location to host your event. We are excited to have you use our building. Here is some additional information regarding your use of our space:

What We Can Provide: The Jesse Stuart room is our largest space located on the first floor of the Carnegie Center. The Stuart room does not have doors that close it off to the rest of the building, so event using this room will be subject to general noise of the building. The Carnegie Center can provide a podium, microphone, and sound system upon request to be set up by Carnegie Center staff member prior to event to aid in amplification. If you plan to use this equipment, please let us know.

Our regular building hours are: Monday through Thursday 9:00 am -7:30 pm; Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Saturdays 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Events outside of regular hours can be negotiated for an additional fee. At least one staff member will be working in the building during your event, in case of an emergency.

Renter Responsibilities: While we’d like to provide support in any way we can, due to our small staff we are unable to assist with other planning aspects leading up to and including the day of the event. The renter will be responsible for all aspects of event coordination, including:

  • SET-UP & CLEAN-UP: The room will be left clean, but not set-up. You will be responsible for all set-up/clean-up.
  • REFRESHMENTS: You may serve food and drinks. You must provide your own paper products, serving dishes, etc.
  • ADVERTISING: This includes marketing, making and distributing flyers, etc. We can provide general directions to our building, but do not plan to make our staff the contact for guests of your event.
  • For pricing, available dates and additional information, please contact Jessica Faye Mohler (859.254.4175) or Jmohler@carnegiecenterlex.org.