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Vigo County Public Library, Terre Haute

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The Vigo County Public Library serves residents of Terre Haute and Vigo County, Indiana. A tax-payer funded public library, it has been in operation since 1882, when the existing library was purchased by local school trustees from the Terre Haute Library Association. Prior to this, there were multiple libraries in the Terre Haute area operated by various township and private organizations. When a state law in 1881 connected the establishment of free public libraries to common schools in cities with more than ten thousand residents, the Terre Haute Board of School Trustees organized the current set-up. In 1906, the library was moved to a new building and named the Emeline Fairbanks Memorial Library. A West Branch was opened in 1961. The current main branch held its grand opening in 1979.

Library cards are free to those who live, own property, or go to school or college in Vigo County. In addition to a wide-ranging collection of books, newspapers, and magazines, materials for local history and genealogy, reference help, public computers, children's story times, and other typical public library services, the library offers interlibrary loan and downloadable audiobooks, eBooks, videos, music, and magazines. The library hosts crackerbarrel meetings with state senators and representatives during the legislative session, political debates during election seasons, and other similar community meetings.

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  • I needed to do some research on ancestors from this area. The genealogy section of the library is well equipped. The librarians were very helpful and showed me how to load and copy microfilms. I...  more »
  • this library is a great treat for terre haute. it has computers for use, always things to see and do, and librarians always ready to help in any way. they have a lot of programs for kids and adults...  more »
  • Way better than the Brazil Public Library. I've never had a negative experience here. In fact, I guarantee you won't either. Just a really great place with great people running it. Go inside and check it out!
  • I really enjoy going to the library and browsing the books. Also, they have Little Bookshop for very cheap prices. Overall a great place to spend time at.

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