Paso Robles historical society extends $1-a-year lease of Carnegie Library

The Carnegie Library in Paso Robles
The Carnegie Library in Paso Robles The Tribune

The El Paso de Robles Area Historical Society this month inked an extended lease with the city’s Carnegie Library for five more years.

The contract allows the group to use the historic structure in Downtown City Park for $1 per year.

The historical society offers exhibits, historic photos and archives free to the public.

Built in 1908, the Carnegie Library was closed after being damaged in the 2003 San Simeon Earthquake. The historical society then moved into a room at the Paso Robles Pioneer Museum across town on Riverside Avenue.

The Carnegie Library, one of two such buildings in San Luis Obispo County built by steel tycoon Andrew Carnegie, was fixed and reopened in fall 2009, and the historical society moved back in. (San Luis Obispo's Carnegie Library, at Monterey and Broad streets, is home to the San Luis Obispo County Historical Museum.)

The extended lease is valid through March 31, 2018, with the option to tack on two more five-year terms, according to the city.