Our Mission

Building community. Encouraging exploration. Connecting with the world.


Values and Beliefs

We believe:

  • Everyone has the right to library services.
  • Everyone has the right to privacy and diversity.
  • The library is more than just books, materials and technology.
  • The Peabody Public Library will strive for excellence in serving the community with a friendly and inviting environment.
  • The Library is the community’s center for life-long education.
  • The library must be responsive to the current and future needs and requests of the community.
  • We believe in operating as a fiscally responsible organization.
  • We believe the library is a vital component to the quality of life in the community.

See our Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Statement here.

Vision Statement

The Peabody Public Library will participate fully in promoting the vitality and growth of a community of readers, learners, doers and dreamers by providing access to ever evolving technology, resources and educational opportunities.

See our current Strategic Plan here.

Service Area

The Peabody Public Library is supported by property taxes from Columbia City, Columbia Township, and Thorncreek Township.

Memberships and Affiliations

The Peabody Public Library is a member of Evergreen Indiana , Northern Indiana Computer Consortium for Libraries and Northeast Indiana Libraries Serving Communities consortia. In addition, the Peabody Public Library holds memberships to the Indiana Library Federation, American Library Association, the Association of Rural and Small Libraries, and the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce.  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.