Within the Building


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 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 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 LexArts’ Gallery Hop, offered five times per year. The gallery is situated on the second floor around the rotunda, and is named in memory of the Center’s founding director. For information or inquiries about exhibits, call 859-254-4175.


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 of 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.


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.