Thank you for thinking of the Carnegie Center as a venue to host your event! We host a number of events including weddings, receptions and parties, author readings, conferences, and more in our beautiful, historic Carnegie library building.

Costs of rentals during business hours: $150/hour, $100/hour for non-profits This fee includes tables, chairs, PA system, speakers, microphone, etc.

Costs of rentals outside of business hours: $200/hour, $150/hour for non-profits with a minimum of $1,000 (total of 5 hours which may include set-up/breakdown). There is a cleaning fee of $200 for events after business hours.

For all rentals, please note:

  • A $300 deposit is due with the contract to reserve the space. The full balance of the rental is due two weeks before the event.
  • We now offer set-up and clean-up for our rentals for an additional $200 each. The renter has the option of doing their own set-up and clean-up.

 Business hours:      

Monday-Thursday: 10:00 am-7:30 pm      

Friday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm      

Saturdays 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

For the most up-to-date pricing details, available dates, and additional information, please contact Rental Coordinator Holly Sanders at or call (859) 254-4175 ext. 31

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

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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

Monday – Friday: 10:00AM – 7:30PM

Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED