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Carnegie Building

The original Carnegie Library, built in 1902-3, is an outstanding example of the Beaux-Arts style, designed by architect, George A. Berlinghof, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The establishment of a permanent library was due to the efforts of the Beatrice Literary Club, founded in 1890, which continued the earlier efforts of the Women's Christian Temperance Union. In 1902, the library board obtained a $20,000 grant from Andrew Carnegie. A grand opening was held on January1, 1904, to celebrate the new building's completion.


Since 1991, it is no longer used as a library as a new library building was built to house the volumes of literature available to the public including the 3000 volume Nebraska State Genealogical Society Collection. Furniture from the Carnegie Library was transferred to the new library.



Address: 218 N. 5th

Come visit us in Beatrice, Nebraska

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Paddock Hotel

In 1888 U.S. Senator Algernon Paddock built a hotel and a large opera house. That structure was destroyed by fire on August
1, 1919. Two years later a hotel company was organized, resulting in the New Paddock Hotel, which was completed in 1924.

Beatrice, NE Historic Hotels

City Parks & RV Camps

Chautauqua Park - This city park winds around the Big Blue River with acres of shaded, scenic recreation areas. Located next to the historic Chautauqua Tabernacle pavilion the RV camping area has complete facilities including hookups for 15-20

Beatrice, NE RV Parks

Homestead National Monument of America

The Homestead Act of 1862 - By the 1850's, huge land acquisitions had filled out the continental United States. the country's sheer vastness strengthened the conviction that the public domain

Beatrice, NE National Monuments

Centenary United Methodist

This impressive limestone church was erected in 1929

Beatrice, NE Historic Churches

Rockford Lake - SRA

This popular 150-acre fishing and power boating lake has 286 land acres with plenty of room for picnicking, hiking, primitive camping, unsupervised swimming, fishing and hunting (in season). Facilities include drinking water and latrines.

Beatrice, NE Recreation

Things to do Carnegie Libraries near Beatrice, NE

Carnegie Library

The Clay Center Public Library has offered library service to the Clay Center Community for over 75 years. The building ...