By-Laws of the
Andrew Carnegie Free Library
Carnegie, Pennsylvania
Cover Page

The Declaration of Trust agreement is the legal charter of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library in Carnegie, Pennsylvania, executed by Andrew Carnegie on April 20, 1899. This Trust agreement permitted the Board of Trustees of the Library to establish By-Laws governing operation of the Library and Cultural Complex. The Library By-Laws were approved and established, by the Library Board of Trustees, on April 9, 1900.

These By-Laws were significantly amended during the Special Meetings of July 5, 1995(at the Council Chamber, Borough of Carnegie) and September 18, 1995(at the Library); the By-Law changes were approved at the September meeting as part of the settlement of a legal action brought against the Life Trustees of the Library by the Borough of Carnegie. An amendment, during the Annual Meeting of March 17, 1997(at the Library), permitted the Library's Advisory Board(established by one of the 1995 amendments) to be enlarged from "eight members and one chairperson", "to provide for an Advisory Board of no more than twelve members and one chairman." An amendment, enacted during the Special Meeting of January 5, 1998(at the Council Chamber, Borough of Carnegie), further amended Section 6(also amended in 1995) to allow the scheduling of all Board of Trustees meetings, each year at the March Annual Meeting.

The Library By-Laws are reproduced here, in their entirety. These images reproduce the pages of the By-Laws, from the original Trust and By-Laws book, as they were presented to the original Library Board of Trustees. The following are links to each page of the Library By-Laws. Page numbers, which refer to the original Trust book, run from page thirteen through page twenty-one.

Amendments to the Library's By-Laws are given below the original By-Laws.

Special Note: The By-Laws and By-Law Amendments given on this page reflect the By-Laws in effect, governing the Andrew Carnegie Free Library of Carnegie, Pennsylvania, prior to June 6, 2000. On June 6, 2000, Common Pleas Court of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Orphans' Court Division, approved amendments to the Library's charter, known as the Declaration of Trust and executed by Andrew Carnegie on April 20, 1899. To comply with the amendments to the Declartion of Trust Agreement, further amendments to the By-Laws were approved by the Library's Board of Trustees in the late Summer of 2000. The author, having resigned from the Library's Board of Trustees on June 6, 2000, has not received copies of the additional By-Law Amendments approved by the Board of Trustees.

Original By-Laws

Cover of Original
Trust and By-Laws Book
(hard-bound and pocket-size)
Provided to Library Trustees


Page Thirteen

Page Fourteen

Page Fifteen

Page Sixteen

Page Seventeen


Page Eighteen

Page Ninteen

Page Twenty

Page Twenty-One

Current Declaration of Trust Agreement and By-Laws

Amendments to the By-Laws of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library -
Approved during the Library Board of Trustees meeting of:

Special Meeting of July 5, 1995 at the Council Chamber, Borough of Carnegie
(First and Second Amendments)

Special Meeting of September 18, 1995 at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library
(Third through Eighth Amendments)

Annual Meeting of March 17, 1997 at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library
(Ninth Amendment)

Special Meeting of January 5, 1998 at the Council Chamber, Borough of Carnegie
(Tenth Amendment)

Attempt to Amend Library By-Laws: December 13, 1948


Mission Statement of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library

Declaration of Trust Agreement, governing charter of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library,
Executed by Andrew Carnegie on April 20, 1899

Court Petition to Restructure Library Board, Including the Elimination of Life Trustees
Public Hearing in Allegheny County Orphans' Court
17th floor, Frick Building, Downtown Pittsburgh
Tuesday, June 6, 2000, 10:30 a.m.(EDST)

News Articles Regarding Petition to Amend
1899 Trust of Andrew Carnegie


Andrew Carnegie Free Library History Cover Page.

History of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library.

Information about the Andrew Carnegie Free Library.

Return to News Release - April 7, 1999:
Library Legally Established 100 Years Ago by Andrew Carnegie.


As part of the commemoration of the Centennial of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library's Declaration of Trust Agreement, the Library's Board of Trustees held their Annual Board Meeting on the actual date of the Centennial, April 20, 1999:

Meeting Notice and Agenda of the 1999 Library Board Annual Meeting

Minutes from the 1999 Library Board Annual Meeting
Attachment:
1999 -- 2000 Annual Schedule of Meetings of the Board of Trustees


Return to Archives: News and Events of 1999.

Return to Archives: News and Events.

Return to News and Events.

Return to History of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library.

Return to History of Andrew Carnegie and Carnegie Libraries



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