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A History of Indiana Free Library

TimeLine of Library History

1901- A women's civic organization forms from a group of 25 women with a high literacy interest. This civic group was known as the New Century Club (NCC).

1907- On May 14, the NCC establishes a Reading Room above Graff's Market at 27 North 6th Street in Indiana. This room consists of one bookshelf made of packing boxes from the H.C. Christy Shoe Store.

1910- The Reading Room needs more space, and on September 19, moves across the street to the Wissel building at 44 North 6th Street, (The site is occupied today by the Delaney car dealership.) The growth of the reading room creates the need for a trained librarian. On February 13, the NCC sponsors a book social to acquaint the community with the idea for a library to be established in the Community Center.

1911- On April 5, the Reading Room becomes the Free Circulating Library. Books may be borrowed for a two-week perio; late fines are 2 cents a day. At this point, the library becomes known as the Free Library of Indiana or the Indiana Free Library. The NCC is the library's primary support in those days and continues to be until 1914 when the school district begins to give support to the library, later discontinued.

1930- The Indiana Free Library moves to the McCartney Homestead at the SE corner of North 8th and Water Streets in Indiana, Indiana Borough begins to fund the library.

1934- The Indiana Free Library moves to the Community Center that continues to be its location. The Community Building had been given over to the Indiana Borough when the YMCA was no longer able to operate it, under the condition that it be used for community groups. The library originally occupies only a portion of the first floor and later the entire first floor.

1972- White Township begins to contribute financial support to the library.

1978- The first floor is revovated with a grant of $300,000. for furniture and building improvements.

1989- The Indiana School District recommits funding to the library. These funds entitle every resident of the Indiana Borough, White Township, Amrstrong Township and Shelocta Borough the opportunity to secure a free membership card for access to all facilities and services.

1991-1993- The library is expanded from 5,800 to 15,000 sq.ft. at a cost of $475,000 ($179,000 obtained through a Library Services & Construction Grant and the remained donated through private businesses and individuals). This campaign allows IFL to redesign the basement, move the Children's Library downstairs, establish the Community Room on the second floor, install an elevator, and establish an Endowment Fund for the library.

1998- Through a $500,000 HUD Grant (Congressman Murtha) the IFL renovates the second floor; replaces the entire electrical system in order to support computing facilities; replaces the lighting, ceilings, and carpet; paints all three floors and constructs an internal staircase from the basement to the second floor.

2008- A $45,000 Department of Commerce & Economic Grant (Senator White) improves handicapped accessibility to the building's entrances and provides security for the collection and the building through the installation of security gates.

2009- Patron computers are upgraded through Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and WiFi equipment is installed in the library through the generosity of a local merchant.

2015- $500,000 grant (Senator White/ Representative Reed) is secured to renovate all of the restrooms in the Community Center. Restrooms and doorways to the Community Room are made ADA compliant.

Today, the Indiana Free Library has apprximately 75,000 holdings and serves 32,924 patrons. The library currently offers children and adult programming on a regular basis. The library also offers free public access to the Internet. 

The current Library Board consists of seventeen (12) members who represent White Township, Indiana Borough, and Indiana School District. The Library Board meets monthly with the exception of July.