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Library

The FCHM library is available for anyone researching local and county history, including genealogy and family history, agricultural and familly farms, businesses, architectural and house histories and more.  The library is home to a wide array of information that documents the history of Freeborn County.  While our collection’s main emphasis is Freeborn County history, any historical and genealogical research can be conducted in our library. The Freeborn County Genealogical Society’s library collection is also housed in the museum library.

Researchers and history enthusiasts spend hours, sometimes days, looking through microfilm and other resources tracing family history or other historical subjects in our extensive research library. While our collection’s main emphasis is Freeborn County history, any historical and genealogical research can be conducted in our library. 

Currently, we require advance appointments for research to be conducted in person.

If you are unable to visit the library in person, you can submit a research request by calling

507/373-8003, by email, or by writing to FCHM Library, 1031 Bridge Avenue, Albert Lea, MN 56007.  Be sure to include your name, address, email and telephone number with your request.  

Fees

Admission to the museum includes access to the library.  To support the continued care of our resources, we charge the following fees:

Photocopies

$.30 — 8½ x 11”

$.50 — 8½ x 14”

$.50 — 11 x 17” 

Large documents require off-site processing and will take more time to complete.  The fee for large document reproduction is dependent on the vendor providing the service.

Digital Copies

$5.00 — Low-quality scan

$15.00 — Medium-quality scan

$30.00 — High-quality scan

$30.00 — Digitized audio/video file

Research Fees

$25.00/hour — general research conducted by FCHM staff