Preserve, protect, promote
The historic Carnegie Library is the official home of El Paso de Robles Area Historical Society, which assumed stewardship of the building in 1995. The Historical Society is the caretaker of the Carnegie for the City of Paso Robles, the building’s owner.
The mission of the El Paso de Robles Area Historical Society is to collect, protect, and preserve photographs, documents, and publications related to Paso Robles and its surrounding area, and to promote knowledge of local history through exhibits, research, and educational programs.
The Virginia Peterson Research Room, located on the lower level of the Carnegie Library, is the repository for these materials and is open to the public on Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. or by appointment. Historical Society volunteers are available to assist with research.
The main floor of the Carnegie Library, the History Museum, showcases the society’s collections through exhibits and displays which celebrate the area’s unique history. Docents are on duty to greet visitors, answer their questions and share their knowledge of the area.