Knox County Public Library Campus

About Knox County Public Library

The only Collegiate Gothic style Carnegie library in the state, the original library was dedicated to the public in 1919. Winner of the 2015 Regional Preservation Award from Indiana Landmarks, this building is the hub of the library campus. Because of the philanthropy of Andrew Carnegie and permanent tax support from local citizens, the library proudly shines as a beacon of enlightenment. Community is the heart of the Knox County Public Library. A wealth of programs, services and materials for people of all ages and walks of life are available here. For demonstrating remarkable public services and programs to its community, Knox County Public Library was the recipient of the Indiana Historical Society 2012 Outstanding Historical Organization Award.

Established in 1889 on the second floor of Vincennes City Hall, this library has played a major role in the community’s educational and cultural development. With funding from philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, the Collegiate Gothic style library building was dedicated in 1919. A modern addition was dedicated in 1976 and it became the Knox County Public Library in 1978. The library’s mission is to meet the informational, educational and cultural needs of the community.

Library Classification

As defined by Indiana Code 4-23-7.1-11, the Knox County Public Library, serving a population of 33,924, is a Class B library. The library’s taxing district includes all of Knox County except for Bicknell and Vigo Township. The Bicknell-Vigo Township Public Library serves that area.

“Class A” means libraries serving a population greater than thirty-nine thousand nine hundred ninety-nine (39,999).

(3) “Class B” means libraries serving a population of at least ten thousand one (10,001) but fewer than forty thousand (40,000).

(4) “Class C” means libraries serving a population of ten thousand (10,000) or less.

The library’s primary fiscal support is through local property taxes. Substantial support is from the County Option Income Tax (C.O.I.T).

Financial information for the library and other governmental units in Indiana may be found online at the Indiana Gateway for Government Units. Follow this link to download audit reports and annual budget information for the library:

Audit Reports

Board of Trustees and Appointing Authorities

The Board of Trustees is the fiscal and administrative body of the library. These trustees are appointed by elected officials.

President, Yvette Kirchoff
Appointed by Vincennes Community School Board

Vice President, Phyllis Sweeney
Appointed by Combined North-South Knox School Boards

Secretary, Janice Mott
Appointed by Vincennes Community School Board

Treasurer, Jim Beery
Appointed by Knox County Council

Member, Rebecca Roach
Appointed by Knox County Commissioners

Member, Rama Sobhani
Appointed by Knox County Commissioners

Member, Kathy Gollmitzer
Appointed by Knox County Council

Knox County Public LibraryKnox County Public Library
502 N 7th Street
Vincennes, Indiana 47591
Phone: (812) 886-4380
Library Hours:
Mon – Wed: 8:30 am – 9:00 pm
Thu – Sat: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Sun: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm