<p>January 31, 1903 - Since 1891, Charlotte's library has charged a subscription fee of 50 cents per month. Today, the city's first free library opens. Northern steel executive Andrew Carnegie has given Charlotte $25,000 to start the library. The city must promise to provide $2,500 each year to operate it. Carnegie also donates money for a separate library designated for black patrons. When a tax dispute arises in 1939, the Charlotte Public Library will be forced to close for one year.