|Carnegie Library, Middlesboro, Ky.|
Today, the old Carnegie Library houses the county's historical society and museum.
As Carnegie said, "The[ libraries] only help those that help themselves. They never pauperize. They reach the aspiring, and open to these the chief treasures of the world—those stored in books. A taste for reading drives out lower tastes." Despite not funding their share of the library, the people of Middlesboro did want the facility [PDF of letters by citizens to Carnegie, compiled by J. Jeffrey of Western Kentucky University].