The Knoxville Public Library was originally built in 1912, thanks to a $10,000 donation from Mr. Andrew Carnegie. The City of Knoxville donated the land and promised to fund it annually to keep staff, materials, and operations going. In 1988, a capital campaign was initiated to obtain funds to expand the building, which had outgrown the needs of the community. Collection sizes had grown in number and format, along with an expansion of services. By 1990, the library doubled in size and American Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant.
The mission of the Knoxville Public Library is:
To provide multiple resources for recreation and lifelong learning
To foster a learning environment for children, teens and adults
To provide access to technology to residents of Knoxville and rural Marion County