The Carnegie Research Library is located on 307 West Main Street just west of the historic downtown district in Osborne, Kansas. The Carnegie
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 was based on the plans used for the Carnegie Library in Stockton, Kansas, which in turn was built
according to plans for the Carnegie Library in Riverside, Iowa.
The stone and brick structure
built in 1912 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.
the early 1990's 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 renovate the building. This difficult
renovation project was completed largely with private donations and dedication ceremonies celebrating the library’s
reopening was held in May 2001.
Currently the building serves as the
headquarters of the OCGHS and the center of genealogical/historical research. The Osborne County
Genealogical & Historical Society is the official custodian of many tax records donated 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 shelves located in the lower level.
The monumental task of sorting, scanning, and cataloging, all the documents and photographs now housed in the
and organizations with no space to store their photographs, official records, and other materials are encouraged to deposit them
for safekeeping in the Carnegie.
The library staff is ready to help anyone research, copy records,
provide maps, give directions, and share tourist information on the area.
The Carnegie receives no tax dollars
and operates with volunteers only. We charge $10.00 per hour for research and receive an annual gift from a trust.
The McFadden and Sarver Foundations have been generous to help the Carnegie with major projects.
especially thank those who had the foresight to save our history in documents and photographs. We would like to invite you to become a "History
Detective". Just call 785-346-9437.