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Doris Foley Library for Historical Research

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Doris Foley Library for Historical Research
Published on: 1/25/2012 12:00 AM


The Doris Foley Library for Historical Research is a non-circulating branch of the Nevada County Library system. It is housed in a Romanesque Revival architectural style Carnegie library building completed in 1907. Construction costs were approximately $10,000. It was originally the Nevada City Library and today the building is still owned by the city. The library is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Library is dedicated to acquiring and preserving materials including, but not limited to books, manuscripts, photographs, letters, diaries, business records, official records, reports, minutes, maps, and personal papers relating to Nevada County.

The daily operation of the branch is currently managed by the Friends of the Nevada County Libraries' volunteers. Since April of 2010, the Library has been and continues to be staffed entirely by dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers. Please contact the history branch if you are interested in volunteering.   

​Contact us or Visit us: ​Hours of Operation
​211 N. Pine Street ​Wednesday: 10 AM - 4 PM
​Nevada City, CA 95959 ​Thursday: 10 AM -  4 PM
​530-265-4606 ​Friday: 10 AM - 4 PM
​email: foley@ncfol.org ​Saturday: 10 AM - 4 PM


The Library contains research materials regarding Nevada County history. All materials are for in-Library use only; though many of the books are available at other branches for check out. Tell me what research materials are at the Doris Foley Library.

Research Policy
Volunteers are members of the Friends of the Nevada County Libraries and are available to assist visitors and research requests. Out of town researchers can contact the library by phone, email or by submitting an online request.  Please be as specific and precise as possible with your query as that allows us to maximize our search time and provide you with the most helpful information.


Parking is available on the street (metered) and in the following lots:

  • Nevada Street Municipal Lot (metered, 4 hour limit)
  • Spring Street Municipal Lot (metered, 2 hour limit upper lot, 4 hour limit lower lot)
  • Commercial Street Municipal Lot (metered, 3 hour limit)
  • Nevada City Veterans’ Hall
  • County Courthouse (weekends only)