Do you like to read? Do you have a lot of books? Maybe your house is leaning to one side because that's the side with all the books? This is a solution you've been waiting for!  Buy a library!

I saw this listing on Bucky Beeman's Instragram. Everyone in Rochester follows Bucky, right? They're asking $150,000 or $1200 per month for lease. This is an amazing space, with a LOT of library still in there (most recently it was used as an art space).

How old is it? According to

In 1906 the library trustees contacted Andrew Carnegie to request funds for a library building. Local legend has it that when they received no reply, the trustees wrote again, enclosing a stamped, self-addressed return envelope.

The Carnegie Library, the smallest Carnegie building in Minnesota, opened in 1908 at the corner of East Ave and 3rd Street. It served as Zumbrota’s Public Library for 87 years. The Carnegie building is still devoted to intellectual pursuits as “Crossings at Carnegie” a gallery and pottery studio which also offers classes and workshops.

I can't find any pictures of the way it looked in the old days, but this is a 1938 photo of the Albert Lea Carnegie Library interior/ I imagine the Zumbrota one wasn't much different. Scroll down to see a video of the library interior today...

CREDIT: Minnesota Historical Society Visual Resources Database
CREDIT: Minnesota Historical Society Visual Resources Database

If you want to see the insides, just swipe through the Instagram post below to see a video tour and more pics. SO COOL!

Listen to James Rabe 6a to 9a on Y-105 FM

KDHL Radio logo
Enter your number to get our free mobile app

More From KDHL Radio