Established in 1901, the library strives to provide the widest possible range of materials for all segments of the community it serves. To provide residents with the resources and services needed to meet their informational, recreational, educational and cultural needs, the library is committed to acquiring, organizing and providing access to information and material. The mission of the Peabody Public Library is to serve all individuals and organizations as a pathway to learning, culture and entertainment.
According to the 2010 census, the library service area includes about 15,323 individuals living in Columbia City, Columbia Township and Thorncreek Township: its taxing district. As of January 1, 2016, library holdings physically include 5,026 videos (DVD & Blu-ray), 4,164 music CDs, 1,660 audiobooks, 46,114 adults books, 43,968 juvenile books, 227 newspapers, magazines, and bound serials, and 201 computer programs and console games. Additionally, hundreds of thousands of titles are available digitally through online services provided by the library. In 2015, the library circulated 172,602 items, while online resources were accessed 102,547 times. 14,005 individuals attended library programs and 16,877 used library meeting rooms for other events. Public internet computers were used 16,560 times, while free WiFi was accessed 42,151 times, and 11,917 print jobs were printed via the public printer.
The Peabody Public Library endorses and is guided by the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights and Freedom to Read Statement that recognizes the individual’s right to unencumbered access and free exchange of information and ideas vital to an informed citizenry.
The Peabody Public Library is supported by property taxes from Columbia City, Columbia Township, and Thorncreek Township. This means that people living in these areas or people owning properties in these areas are entitled to a library card at no additional cost.
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 to Labor Day.
Phone: (260) 244-5541
Fax: (260) 244-5653
Mail: P.O. Box 406
Columbia City, IN 46725
We are located in Columbia City, Indiana, on Highway 205, just south of US 30 and the new Parkview Whitley hospital, at 1160 East Highway 205.
The library Board of Trustees meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 7 PM. All meetings are open to the public, and minutes from previous meetings are available.