Libraries (Olmsted County)

Rochester Public Library

101 Second St. SE
Rochester, MN 55904
Phone: (507) 285-8002
Web Address:
Hours: Monday—Thursday 9:30 a.m.—9:00 p.m., Friday-Saturday 9:30 a.m.—5:30 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m.—5:30 p.m., Sunday 1:30 p.m.—5:30 p.m.

Resources Available:

Books & Other Published Materials

Genealogy Collection

Cemetery Indexes (Olmsted County)

Olmsted County, Minnesota, cemetery inscriptions.


Federal--Minnesota portion: 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920

State: 1865, 1875, 1885, 1895, 1905

City & County Directories

Rochester city directories are available for 1896-present

Rural resident directories: 1976-1986.

County Histories & Biographical Sketches

Olmsted County histories 1883 & 1910; also have county histories for southern Minnesota counties (Wabasha, Winona, Goodhue, Rice, Mower, Faribault, Steele & Dakota)

Newspapers published in Olmsted County

Newspapers published in Rochester, 1899-present

Manuscripts & Public Records Collections

Olmsted County Naturalization Records, 1856-1957 (on microfilm)

Newspaper Indexes

Post-Bulletin personals index (births, marriages & deaths), 1984-present; also Rochester history in pamphlet file

Online Databases

Subscriptions to Ancestry Library Edition and Heritage Quest Online.

Plat maps and books

Olmsted County: 1928, 1956, 1965-present

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of Rochester for 1884-1928 (on microfilm)