The Vigo County Public Library generates positive change in the community by creating an environment of opportunity in which people can explore, expand their perspectives, and transform their own lives and the lives of future generations.
Generating Change. Transforming Lives.
Inclusiveness – respecting individual perspectives and diverse backgrounds, making cultural and intellectual resources available to all
Community –committing to and investing in the betterment of the community
Collaboration –working in concert with strategic partners to help the community flourish
Innovation –invigorating the community and stimulating a creative economy through inventive ideas and services
Accountability – managing resources responsibly to maintain the public’s trust.
The Vigo County Public Library System has served the residents of Terre Haute and Vigo County Indiana since 1882 when local school trustees purchased the existing public library from the Terre Haute Library Association.
The public library was created for the benefit of the citizens of Vigo County and is supported by them. Its patrons include all ages and sectors of the community, both as individuals and organizations. The library is service oriented; it complements the objectives of other community agencies and institutions and freely shares its unique resources with all who need them. The purpose of the Vigo County Public Library is: to help meet the educational, cultural, informational, and recreational needs of the community by acquiring organizing, preserving, and providing access to materials and information in a variety of formats and to furnish equipment essential to their utilization; to help improve the quality of life by offering materials, services, and programs not readily accessible elsewhere in the community; to provide qualified staff to assist in the use of the full range of library resources; to take a leadership role among agencies and institutions in meeting the needs and promoting the well being of the community.