The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning's mission is to empower people to explore and express their voices through imaginative learning and the literary arts.

Visionary Goals

  1. Encourage active, critical, and creative learning
  2. Promote the components of literacy, including reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, & technology
  3. Provide educational opportunities for people of all ages and levels of learning
  4. Establish partnerships with artists, educators, and community groups
  5. Support and promote Kentucky writers and artists
  6. Engage the imagination through literary arts
  7. 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 community learning and literary arts center with local, state, and national awards for programming excellence. The Center offers seasonal classes in writing, publishing, and languages; tutoring for students grades K-12; vibrant youth and family programs and exhibits; outreach programs for children and adults; readings from established authors and local literary icons; and other programs and events designed to encourage people to explore and express their voices through imaginative learning and the literary 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.

Anti-Bias Statement

The Carnegie Center considers the diversity of its students, volunteers, and staff to be a core strength and to be critical to our mission. We have a zero-tolerance policy regarding harassment, intimidation, and discrimination.

This includes all any discrimination made on the basis of race, age, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, religion, class, body size, veteran status, marital/domestic partnership status, citizenship or any other marginalized identity.

Harassment includes oral comments, written comments, displayed images, or behaviors such as deliberate intimidation, stalking, unwelcome photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention, and bullying or coercion of any kind.

Plan Your Visit

The Carnegie Center is home to writers, lifelong learners, & the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame. We hope to see you soon!

Contact Us

251 West Second Street
Lexington, KY 40507

(859) 254-4175

Monday–Thursday: 10:00 AM–7:30 PM
Friday: 11:30 AM–7:30 PM
Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED