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In 1878 a man by the name of William Simms organized a library in Hancock County. He was the school superintendent and with the help of his students, went out into the city to collect books that formed the first library. In the year 1900 the library had gathered with the help of their head librarian, Minnie Hughes, more than 2,000 volumes of books. By 1906 the school with the help of Andrew Carneigie, funded a library building called the Carengie Building. The library was called the City of Greenfield and Center Township Library. By 1955 the library was run by the taxpayers of Greenfield and they were required to pay an annual fee to rent materials. Patrons were fined when materials were late but in 1961 they held a fine free day where paterons could return old library books that were past due without being penalized. In 1985 the library gets a bigger and new home on Broadway Street to fit the large amounts of materials they have aquired. Five years later patrons are able to use the library without an annual fee but only if they live in Greenfield city limits. In 1992 the library obtained their first computer and later that year they starting perchasing auido cassettes for checkout. By 1996 computer with internet were made avaiable to the public along with CD-ROMS. In 1998 the library celebrated their 100th anniversary and throws a celebration to the residents of Hancock County. 

The Hancock County Public Library is not just made up of one library but three different ones. In 1999 a branch in New pastine was opened called the Greenfield-Sugar Creek Township Public Library branch. Four years later the Techmobile is founded. This mobile provides access to more of Hancock County by going to businesses and residental areas. Later down the road it changes its name to the Bookmobile. Later that year in 2003 the Sugar Creek Branch opens new doors to a bigger building. For a short time in 2004 a fourth branch was opened at the Eastern Hancock School to provide materials to those who live in the brown and green townships. By 2005 the main branch in Greenfield builds a new building on McKenzie Road and in 2006 celebrates their grand opening to the public. In 2015 the library celebrated it's 10th anniversary in the new building with remodeling the interior. Lastly, in 2018 they should be breaking ground on a new Sugar Creek branch in New Palestine. 

 

 
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