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History books are a great way to learn about history, but so are oral history interviews. Our collection of interviews, both for military and local history, give first-hand accounts of events from many different points of view. Interviews are available online, so you don't have to come to the library or borrow any materials to enjoy them. And if you are, or know, someone who would be willing to share their stories, please contact Deb Lowrance at the Peabody Public Library at 244-5541.

Technology Updates

This year brings a few major technology changes to the library. We've had some little bumps along the way, but overall we hope that these changes will be an improvement for everyone.

  • HDMI plugs in the Auditorium and Community Room A: You can now connect a laptop in both of these rooms using either VGA or HDMI. In fact, it is now possible to connect a single device to the projector and both TVs in the Auditorium, using HDMI.
  • Upgraded WiFi: Our Wireless Internet capabilities are now maintained and supported by ENA. We hope you will find much better coverage throughout the building.
  • New Printer/Copier with Credit Card Payment Option: Copies and print jobs are now processed at a single location near the Information desk. There is a slight price increase to 25¢ per page for color printing; black-and-white printing remains at 10¢ per page. Legal size printing is available at no extra charge, and you can print front-and-back (duplex) for the same cost as printing two pages. Finally, the new kiosk allows you to pay for your pages by credit or debit card, if desired.
12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas

Peabody Public Library and downtown businesses invite you to enjoy the holiday season with a 12 Days of Christmas Scavenger Hunt starting Friday, November 25. Pick up a game sheet at the library, online here, or any participating businesses during open hours. Visit downtown, look in the windows to find the illustrations of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Find all 12 and return your sheet to the library to get a Christmas surprise. Must be turned by Friday, December 23.

It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas . . .

This year two of our favorite musicians return to help you get in the holiday spirit. Pat Murphy will be performing traditional Christmas carols and other holiday music in the lobby on Saturday, December 3 from 2-3 PM. Kent Arnsbarger returns on Saturday, December 17 from 2-3 PM to entertain us with lively Caribbean Christmas Music on the steel drums. Take a break in your busy schedule to relax and enjoy listening to old favorites, and maybe a few that are new to you, too!


The December newsletter is available online here and at the library.

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PPL Hours

Sunday: 1 PM - 5 PM*
Monday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 8 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 8 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 8 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Saturday: 9 AM - 5 PM
*The library is closed on Sundays during the summer, from Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day.

Contact Us

Phone: (260) 244-5541

Fax: (260) 244-5653


Find Us

We are located in Columbia City, Indiana, on Highway 205, just south of US 30 and the new Parkview Whitley hospital.

Board Meetings

The library Board of Trustees meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 6 PM. All meetings are open to the public, and minutes from previous meetings are available.

Budget notices available at BudgetNotices.IN.Gov or by calling (888) 739-9826.

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