Located at 307 West Main Street just west
of the historic downtown district in Osborne, Kansas, the Carnegie Research Library offers a full range of services to those
interested in gathering information concerning their ancestors who lived in Osborne County and adjacent areas. The Classic-style Osborne Carnegie Public Library was based on plans
for the Carnegie Library in Stockton, Kansas, which in turn was built according to plans for the Carnegie Library in Riverside,
The stone and brick structure
built in 1912 and was funded by both a local tax and a $5,000 grant from the Carnegie Foundation. From 1912 through 1995 it served the community as the Osborne Carnegie Library. In 1987 the building
was placed on both the National & Kansas Registers of Historic Places.
In the early 1990s the library was slated to be torn down, but in
1995 the Osborne County Genealogical & Historical Society accepted the challenge of raising the nearly $100,000 needed
to save and renovatethe building. This difficult renovation project was completed largely with private
donations and dedication ceremonies celebrating the library’s reopening were held in May 2001.
Currently the building serves as the
headquarters of the Osborne County Genealogical & Historical Society and serves as a regional genealogical/historical
The Osborne County Genealogical & Historical Society is the official custodian
of all county records as decreed by the Osborne County Commissioners. To date a variety of county records
dating from 1871 to 1925 have been transferred from various storerooms in the Osborne County Courthouse to the stacks in the
lower level of the Carnegie Research Library. The monumental task of scanning all documents and photographs
now housed in the Library is the Library’s primary ongoing project.
The Carnegie also serves as a repository for
printed, projected, and electronic documentation. Families and organizations with no other space to store
their photographs, official records, and other material are encouraged to reposit their important material with the Carnegie
for future safekeeping.
The library staff is ready to help one and all conduct
research, copy records, provide maps, give directions, and share tourist information on the area.