San Antonio - George Washington Carver Library

226 North Hackberry Street


he first Carver Library was set up in a small wooden building established by Afro-American Army officers based at Fort Sam Houston during World War I. It was moved to the Colored Community Center on North Hackberry in one room at the end of the auditorium. In 1973, the present building was built on donated land at 3350 East Commerce Street next to Second Baptist Church. The existing buff colored brick building, designed by Norcell D. Haywood Associate, was built at a cost of $215,000.00.The initial book capacity was 35,000 volumes.

The Library was remodeled in 1994.  The budget for the Carver expansion and renovation was approximately $800,000.00.  The funds for the project were authorized in the 1989 bond issue for library expansions, renovations, new branches, and literacy centers.

The Library was named after George Washington Carver, the African-American scientist of Tuskegee Institute.