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.




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.