Biggs Biggs

Biggs, Butte County

Sacramento Valley area, Shasta Cascade region

Biggs Public Library
464-A B Street
Biggs, CA 95917

opened 1908
Public Library 1908-present
currently a public library

grant amount: $5,000
architectural style: Other
architect: A. J. Bryan

The location of the Biggs Carnegie Library on the main street a block from downtown enables it to conveniently provide another civic function: Teen center. Surrounded by shade trees and on a slight slope, the small square building of buff covered brick with brown trim conveys an almost residential appearance. The library is on the first floor, reached by a flight of steps.

When the Carnegie grant of $5000 was offered in 1906, Biggs may have been the smallest city to undertake the responsibility of a library grant. There was no previous library in Biggs which had incorporated just three years prior to the request and estimated its population as 700. Architect A.J. Bryan of Chico designed the building and builders were Huxtable and Losser. Construction was delayed by the high cost of labor following the "San Francisco fire and railroad congestion" after the 1906 earthquake. As completed a recessed front porch extended across the front of the building but it has been glassed in except for a small entrance porch.