In the early 20th century, Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, set out to enhance society by distributing his wealth to promote the access to knowledge of ordinary members of the public.
Andrew Carnegie donated £2,000 towards the cost of building a Public Library in Bridgend. Land was provided in Wyndham Street by the Earl of Dunraven who defrayed three quarters of the costs with the remaining quarter to be raised by public subscription.
The construction of the building began in 1906 and it was finished during 1907. The building is a renaissance Mannerist style, built with Bath stone, red brick and blue forest stone.
It operated as a public library for 106 years and was designated a Grade II Listed Building around 1987. To pay tribute to the past, the building has now been renamed Carnegie House/Ty Carnegie.