About Us

Library path leading up to the building

Mission

To inspire life-long learning, advance knowledge and strengthen our community.

Spencer County Public Library Timeline*

Black and white photo of the first library building

First Library

Photo of the Second iteration of the library

Second Library

Exterior photo of the third library building

Third Library

 


 

1909

The first Spencer County Library was built by the Ambassador Circle of the King's Daughters on donated land

 


 

1920s

The library was closed and the building used as a classroom

 


 

1966

The building reopened as a Public Library

 


 

1982

The library was ready to close again in 1982 due to underfunding. Library Director, Sue Snider, with the help of library supporters and the Library Board, filed a petition with the County Fiscal Court. The petition requested the establishment of a Public Library Taxing District to fund the library. The Fiscal Court established the taxing district after receiving the verified petition signed by 1,051 community members.

 


 

1983

The Library Board Purchased a 2,000 Sq. Ft. Building, formerly the Corps of Engineers location at 501 Railroad Street. The street name was changed to the current,  Taylorsville Road.

 


 

1984

A library acquired a Bookmobile to provide service to Spencer County's rural areas

 


 

1999

Construction began on a 4,000 Sq. Ft. addition to the library.

 


 

2000

The renovated library opened with space converted to offices and a meeting room with 4,000 Sq. Ft. of new space, to house the children's and adult collections.

 


 

2015

The library moved to a rented, temporary location at 513 Taylorsville Road during the construction of a new library building. The new building was funded in part with a Kentucky State Construction Grant, administered by the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives.

 


 

2017

The library, reimagined and constructed, returned to 168 Taylorsville Road. The new building spanned 16,000 sq. ft. and, along with space for the collections, featured meeting spaces for the community and dedicated spaces for children and teens, and reading areas for everyone.

 


 

2019

The Library Board purchased the 2,400 sq. ft. Annex building at 118 Taylorsville Road in the footprint of the library campus.

 


 

2024

After renovations, the Annex opened to the community. Two meeting rooms were created for community use and space was allotted for a headquarters and workspace for the Friends of Spencer County Public Library.

*Sources: The History of Spencer County by Mary Frances Brown, The Spencer Magnet Newspaper, and Library Documents

Library Staff

Debra Lawson

Director

Kirsten

Children's & Youth Services

Stacy  

Adult Services

Wendy

Technical Services

Misha

Librarian

Melissa

Library Associate

Christy

Library Associate

Greg

Circulation Assistant