Writers who need a temporary office find one in the Writers’ Reference Room. 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 of writing and publishing, 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 to further promote the reading and study of these books. The Writers’ Reference Room is open during Carnegie Center business hours (writing groups, workshops, and meetings use this room, so stop by the front desk or call ahead to ensure that the space is available).


The SkyDome Gallery is located on the second floor of the Carnegie Center. Gallery space surrounds the rotunda, a hallmark feature of historic Greek Revival Carnegie libraries. Situated in common area, the SkyDome Gallery provides opportunities for local artists to show their work to a wide audience.

The Carnegie Center is an official LexArts Gallery Hop venue. Each exhibit at the Carnegie Center is scheduled to open with a Gallery Hop reception.

For general information or inquiries about exhibits, contact Kimber Gray at kimber@carnegiecenterlex.org.


Thank you for thinking of the Carnegie Center as a venue to host your event. We host a number of rentals including weddings, receptions and parties, author readings, conferences, and more in our beautiful, historic Carnegie library building. For more information on renting our unique space, click here.

We hope to see you soon at the Carnegie Center, home to the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame and writers and readers of all levels.

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251 West Second Street
Lexington, KY 40507


(859) 254-4175

The building is currently closed to the public until further notice.

Monday – Thursday: 10:00am – 7:30pm
Friday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday: CLOSED

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