Library

During President Eisenhower's second term of office, he began planning for the Library that would house his presidential records. He chose Abilene as the site for the Library because of his long ties to the city and because the Museum and Boyhood Home were already open to the public. Over 18,000 individual contributions funded construction of the Library at a cost of approximately $2 million. 

Dedicated in 1962 and transferred to the National Archives and Records Administration, the Library opened for research in 1966. While the basic function of the Library is to provide a place for scholars to come to work in the rich historical materials housed there, the building is open to the public during regular hours. Exhibits, an auditorium, and meeting space are accessed through the impressive lobby. 

The exterior of the building is of native stone quarried at Cottonwood Falls, Kansas. The ornamental bronze metal incorporated in the front entrance, courtyard and lobby interior depicts a story of two natives of Kansas, the Buffalo and the Blue Stem Grass of the prairie, upon which the buffalo fed. 

The walls of the lobby and corridors are of book-matched Laredo Chiaro marble from Italy. The walnut paneling used in the Research Room is American native walnut. The large bronze light fixtures in the Lobby and the smaller fixtures in the corridors feature a five-star design, designating General Eisenhower's rank as a Five Star General. The Library Courtyard was enclosed in 1982.
Eisenhower Library