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The Knightstown Public Library was established in 1912 and was paid for by a $10,000.00 grant from philanthropist and library planter Andrew Carnegie. It is one of the few Carnegie Library buildings that has been used continually as a library since its founding. In the maintaining of the library directors have worked to keep the style and character of the original building design intact.
The library is supported by the Knightstown, IN taxing district. The community also supports the library by gifts and donations. The library employs a full-time director, two part-time assistants, and a part-time bookkeeper. In addition the library is fortunate to have a group of dedicated volunteers.
The collection contains around 15,000 items. The library offers a strong Indiana history collection, as well as a genealogy collection, and a growing digitized collection of obituaries from the Knightstown Banner. In January of 2018 the library moved to the Evergreen Indiana Integrated Library System in order to give our patrons greater access to library materials.
The Knightstown Public Library exists to provide materials and services to fulfill the professional, civic, educational, and recreational needs of the residents of our community. The library and its staff is committed to supporting the lifelong learning goals of the community by serving as a center for self-education, as well as providing programming relevant to our patron’s needs and desires. We strive to treat patrons with respect for individual differences and extend tolerance for opposing viewpoints.