The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
251 West Second Street
Lexington, KY  40507
(859) 254-4175

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday: 10:00 am-7:30 pm
Friday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday:  10:00am-2:00pm
Sunday: CLOSED


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

Visionary Goals

  • 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 for Literacy & Learning is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational and community center devoted to helping all citizens improve their quality of life through education and expression. Our open-door policy invites people young and old to learn something new. We offer seasonal classes in writing, publishing, and languages; tutoring for students grades K-12; vibrant youth and family programs and exhibits; readings from established authors and local literary icons; and other arts-related events designed to encourage among Central Kentuckians an appreciation for learning and the arts.

Many classes and events at the Carnegie Center are free, and wherever low-cost registration fees are required, scholarships are available. The Carnegie Center has long been a haven for writers and readers, 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.

Plan Your Visit

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.

Join Us

251 West Second Street
Lexington, KY 40507


(859) 254-4175

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

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