The Knightstown Public Library is one of the few Carnegie buildings that has always served as a
library. It was established in 1912 and was paid for by a $10,000.00 grant from Andrew Carnegie.
The library opened a tin time capsule from the cornerstone in 2012. The capsule contained various
papers and signatures from 1912. The time capsule was re-sealed in a more accessible location in
The library is supported by the Knightstown, IN taxing district, with a budget that usually runs less
than $100,000 a year. There is a full-time director, three part-time assistants, a part-time
bookkeeper and a part-time custodian. The collection contains around 15,000 items. The library
owns a strong Indiana history collection. It also has a good genealogy collection, as well as a
growing digitized collection of obituaries from the Knightstown Banner. The library has an
integrated automation system and a presence on the World Wide Web.