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Barr Memorial Library

Need help setting up a library account? Use the "Email Us" button to contact us. Our staff will reach out to assist you as soon as possible.

Barr Memorial Library reopens May 11, 2020 with the following restrictions:

  • Open to service members, retirees, DoD civilians, contractors and their families as well as students of colleges/universities on post
  • Facility capacity reductions in place: maximum 5 customers in the facility
  • Face covering must be worn inside at all times
  • Six feet of social distancing from others must be maintained
  • Service limited to returning materials and checking new materials out o Public computing and Print/Scan/Fax service remains closed
  • Six feet of social distancing from others should be maintained
  • Hours: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday- Friday

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Barr Memorial Library, the 2014 Federal Library of the Year, offers a wide range of services and resources to the Fort Knox community. Our dedicated staff will make sure you find what you are looking for and are able to utilize all the resources available to you at our facility.

Library Services

Soldiers and their families, retired military, DoD civilian employees, members of the Army National Guard or Army Reserve, on-post students, and contractors are eligible for a library account.


As a patron of the Library, you and your Family have access to:

  • Self-checkout of more than 120,000 items including books, audiobooks, movies, music, and video games
  • Downloadable content including eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMusic, and eMovies
  • Online Databases for research and homework help
  • Computer stations with Internet and printing capabilities
  • Personalized help with your questions
  • Events, classes, and storytimes
  • Author events with national and international best-selling authors
  • Summer reading programs
  • Book discussion group
  • Meeting Room available for reservation
  • Copy, print, scan, and fax services
  • Children's room with tables, seating, puzzles, and an extensive collection of children's books
  • Teen room with tables, seating and an extensive Young Adult collection
  • Barr Library's Off the Page podcast: interviews with bestselling and notable authors

Listen to the Off the Page podcast now!

Inquire at the library about your eligibility to establish a free account.

Online Resources & Databases

Barr Memorial Library offers over 60 electronic resources through partnerships with the Kentucky Virtual Library (KYVL) and Army Knowledge Online (AKO). These databases include a wide variety of subjects such as research, agriculture, genealogy, career help, health, and more.

Visit our Resource & Database Library

Reader's Corner

Recommended Reading

NoveList provides access to information on 155,000 fiction titles and offers a wide range of feature content including author read-alikes, book discussion guides, reading lists and more.

NoveList Plus Find new fiction and nonfiction titles to read. Search by favorite author, title or series and find similar titles, reviews and reading group guides.

NoveList K-8 Plus Find fiction and nonfiction titles for kids and young adults. Search by title, author, series or reading level to find similar titles and reviews.

NPR Books Books, reviews interviews, and the Book Concierge

Sites for Readers

Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers and book recommendations. Our mission is to help people find and share books they love. You can use Goodreads to see which books your friends are reading; track the books you're reading, have read, or want to read; check out your personalized book recommendations; or find out if a book is a good fit for you from the community's reviews.

FictFact will keep track of the books you're reading and give you a list of the books you need to read next. You'll be able to find users with similar tastes, tag books and series, and get recommendations on other book series. We'll even email you the week books you're following come out. All for free.

LibraryThing is an online service to help people catalog their books easily. You can access your catalog from anywhere—even on your mobile phone. Because everyone catalogs together, LibraryThing also connects people with the same books, comes up with suggestions for what to read next, and so forth. It is a full-powered cataloging application, searching the Library of Congress, all five national Amazon sites, and more than 690 world libraries. You can edit your information, search and sort it, "tag" books with your own subjects, or use the Library of Congress and Dewey systems to organize your collection. If you want it, LibraryThing is also an amazing social space, often described as "Facebook for books." You can check out other peoples' libraries, see who has the most similar library to yours, swap reading suggestions and so forth. LibraryThing also makes book recommendations based on the collective intelligence of the other libraries.

WorldCat is the world's largest library catalog, helping you find library materials online.

Fantastic Fiction includes bibliographies for over 30,000 authors and information on over 350,000 books. Search by author or by book. Find read-alikes, upcoming releases, award winners, and series.


New York Times Bestseller List provides access a list of items on the New York Times Bestseller List which ranks books based on sales. Updated weekly.

NPR Bestsellers provides lists of bestsellers based on a survey of independent bookstores nationwide. Updated weekly.

Amazon Bestsellers provides a ranking based on sales at Updated hourly.

USA Today Best-selling Books ranks the 150 top-selling titles each week based on an analysis of sales from U.S. booksellers. Updated weekly.


eBooks and Audiobooks

Army Digital Media Library, sponsored by Army Europe Libraries, offers a digital library collection of books and audiobooks for download.  Audiobooks & ebooks can be downloaded and transferred to a portable device.

EBSCOhost eBook Collection can be read on either the military network or home computer and can be downloaded to your computer & transferred to a portable device such as a Nook. Click for a tutorial on eBook Collection searching.  Click for a tutorial on eBook Collection downloading.

EBSCOhost Audiobooks can be downloaded to your computer and transferred to a portable device.  Click for a tutorial on Audiobooks Collection downloading.

National Academies Press allows you to download all PDF versions of their published books for FREE.  This includes their current catalog of more than 4,000 books plus future reports published by the NAP.

Safari Books Safari is an e-reference business and information technology library where you can search across thousands of books from O'Reilly, Addison-Wesley, Cisco Press, Microsoft Press and more. Read books cover to cover or flip directly to the section you need in seconds.

LibriVox Access free public domain audiobooks, read by volunteers around the world.

RB Digital contains over 5,000 eBooks and audiobooks for download to your computer, phone or device. Use your Barr Library WebLogin and PIN to enter; then create a OneClickdigital account with any e-mail and password you prefer. For assistance, call or visit us. After authenticating with your Web Login and PIN, select your favorite titles to add to your library. Mobile Users: Zinio for Libraries has merged with RBdigital. Please download the new RBdigital app on your mobile device. Enter AKO if prompted for library access code.

Computers, Copies and More

Computer Access

What do I need to use a computer or to print?
All Active Duty Soldiers and their Families, Retired Military, DoD Civilians, contractors, National Guard and Reservists are welcome to use the computers and printer.

What can I do with the computer?
All computers are equipped with commercial internet access, Microsoft Office programs, built-in CAC readers and a variety of Army mandated training applications. You may use external storage devices with these computers as they operate on a commercial network.

How long can I use the computer?
Computers offer a standard 60 minute session. If no one is waiting, you will be given the opportunity to extend your session.

What if all the computers are busy?
You can make a reservation for the next available computer at the Reservation Station. However, priority will be given to Soldiers in uniform.

Do you have computers on the DoD network?                                                                           Yes, we have a limited number of DoD visitor computers. Please sign in at the front desk if you would like to use one. External devices are not permitted on these computers. 

Printing and Copying

The Library printer/copier operates through an automated system. The machine accepts nickels, dimes, quarters and $1, $5 and $10 bills. We do not accept any other forms of payment, but the machine does provide change in the form of coins.

There is a limit of 100 pages per print job or copy.

Copies are available in black and white only. The cost is 10¢ per page.

Printing is 10¢ per page for black and white; 25¢ per page for color.

Scanning and Faxing

You may scan directly to an e-mail address or fax to a phone number in the U.S. Both services are free. Some limitations apply. Ask for details.

Suggest a Purchase

We welcome your suggestions.

1. Please check the online catalog to see if we already own the title you want before submitting this form.
2. Each Barr Memorial Library account holder is entitled to up to three suggested published titles per month.
3. Any format - book, audiobook, CD, movie, video game or other may be suggested.
4. Suggested purchases should be recent publications, within the last five years.
5. Please do not request titles not yet published.

Please check the Library catalog in 4 to 6 weeks to see if the item has been purchased.

Links for Kids

Safe and Fun Websites for Kids

Website Link Website Link
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knox-barr-overdrive-for-kids.jpg OverDrive for Kids nasaPlayandLearn.jpg NASA Kid's Club
pbsKids.jpg PBS Kids knox-barr-storyline.jpg Storyline Online
smithsonianKids.jpg Smithsonian Kids bobTheBuilder.jpg Bob the Builder
colorOnline.jpg Color Online! thomas.jpg Thomas & Friends

Other Great Websites for Children

Award Winning Books- Information from the American Library Association about various award grants available to children and young adults.

Great Websites for Kids - List of kid-friendly websites that carry the Association for Library Services to Children's Seal of Approval.

Kentucky Bluegrass Award - An annual list of literature awarded the title of "Best Books" as chosen by the Students of Kentucky.

Math Cats - Offers playful explorations of mathematical ideas that will pique students' interest.

Library Mission & Vision

Mission and Vision Statements

As part of the Community Recreation Division of the Directorate of Family and MWR, the Library adheres to the Directorate’s mission and vision statements, as well as its strategic goals.  The Library makes further commitments to those goals, offering specific examples of how customers can expect the overarching Family and MWR commitments to be met at Barr Memorial Library.

Family and MWR Mission Statement: Professional workforce delivering innovative and relevant programs and services that enhance readiness, retention, and resiliency for the Military community.

  • Our library service will be on par with the best Army Libraries and Public libraries throughout the United States and abroad.
  • We will constantly evaluate the services we are offering to determine whether or not they remain viable or require modification to serve the Family and MWR mission.
  • We will offer programs and services tuned to the rhythm of the Fort Knox community, remaining attuned to the constant state of readiness in which the post exists.
  • We will seek out feedback both in our library and in the community.
  • We will embed ourselves in the fabric of our community by actively engaging customers and potential customers by participating in outreach events, speaking at meetings and programs, and offering a diverse range of highly visible programs and services that will seek to attract new customers.
  • We will leverage resources, both print and in electronic formats, to provide the widest possible range of access to our customers.

Family and MWR Vision Statement:  Extraordinary programs and services for our Military community.

  • We will reinforce and expand our influence as the premiere institution of knowledge and lifelong learning on post.
  • We will enhance and expand our collections – both physical and virtual – to best meet the needs of our community.
  • We will offer services that reach out to the community – from birth to the twilight years – offering a vast tableau of programs.
  • We will maximize the use of technology to reach and provide the broadest range of access to electronic resources to our customers.
  • We will use technology to transform our library from not only a place where one seeks information, but into a place where knowledge is transformed through a process of creation.
  • We will explore and participate in training activities that enhance our ability to serve the Fort Knox community.
  • We will be a staff attentive to the needs of our customers, recognizing, respecting, and adapting to serve a constituency under enormous pressures.
MG David Goodwin Barr, The Library's Namesake

David Goodwin Barr was born at Nanafalia, Alabama, on June 16, 1895. He attended Alabama Presbyterian College and was commissioned a second lieutenant, Infantry Reserve, on November 27, 1917. He was called to active duty on that same date and was promoted to first lieutenant (temporary) on May 31, 1919. He was commissioned a first lieutenant of Infantry in the Regular Army on July 1, 1920.


He was promoted to captain on March 1, 1930; to major on December 20, 1938; to lieutenant colonel on April 19, 1941; to colonel (temporary) on February 1, 1942; to brigadier general (temporary) on June 25, 1942; to major general (temporary) on February 23, 1944; to major general (permanent) on 15 October 1944.


After completing OCS in November 1917 he was assigned to Camp Wadsworth, South Carolina, for duty with the 55th Pioneer Infantry as an instructor in road building projects. He went to France in September 1918 and served with the 18th Infantry, 1st Division. He served with the American Forces in Germany with the 18th Infantry and in February 1919 became Adjutant of the 1st Division Officers' School at Montabaur, Germany. He rejoined the 18th Infantry at Maxsain, Germany, in June 1919 and served until September 1919, when he returned to the United States with the 18th Infantry.

He was stationed at Camp Zachary Taylor, Kentucky, with the 18th Infantry until October 1920, when he was assigned to the Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia. Upon his graduation in June 1921, he was ordered to Plattsburg Barracks, New York, as an instructor with the New York National Guard. In September 1921 he again rejoined the 18th Infantry at Camp Dix, New Jersey.

In September 1923, he was detailed to the Tank School at Camp Meade, Maryland, and was graduated in February 1924. He then was assigned to the 18th Tank Battalion at Camp Meade until July 1924, when he went to Camp McClellan, Alabama, for duty with the 4th Tank Company.

He went to Europe in June 1926 for duty in the office of Military Attaché, Paris, France. While there, he attended the French Tank School at Versailles, and in August 1927 he returned to the United States for service at Fort Benning, Georgia with the 15th Tank Battalion. In July 1929, he was transferred to the 1st Tank Regiment at Fort Benning.

He became Adjutant of the Mechanized Force in October 1930 and participated in its move from Fort Eustis, Virginia, to Camp (Fort) Knox, Kentucky. From April 1932 to August 1933 he was in France as an officer with the Pilgrimage of Gold Star Mothers. Upon his return to the United States in August 1933 he was assigned to the Command and General Staff School, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and was graduated after completing the Advanced Course in June 1936. During this tour he also served intermittently as Assistant Adjutant, Command and General Staff School and on Civilian Conservation Corps duty, Headquarters Missouri District, with station at Fort Leavenworth.

He then went to Washington, D.C., as Adjutant of the Washington Provisional Brigade, until he was detailed to the Army War College, Washington, D.C., in September 1938. He was graduated in June 1939, and then returned to duty with the Washington Brigade as Plans and Training Officer, G-3. In July 1940 he went to Fort Knox, Kentucky, as Assistant G-4 of the I Armored Corps and in May 1941 became G-4.

In June 1942 he became Chief of Staff of the Armored Forces with Headquarters at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and served in this capacity until July 1943. In July 1943 he was assigned to Headquarters European Theater of Operations, London, England, where he served as Deputy Chief of Staff and later as Chief of Staff of the theater. In January 1944 he was named Chief of Staff, Headquarters Mediterranean Theater of Operations and in September 1944 became Chief of Staff of the Sixth Army Group, then serving in France.

In July 1945 he was assigned G-1 of the Army Ground Forces, Washington, D.C. In January 1948 he was assigned Chief, Army Advisory Group in China, which was changed to Joint United States Military Advisory Group to the Republic of China of which he was the Director in November 1948. He left Shanghai on January 30, 1949 and arrived in Japan on February 1, 1949. He remained Director of the United States Military Advisory Group to the Republic of China with offices in Tokyo, Japan, until the administration of the group was closed out. On 8 May 1949 he was assigned to Eighth Army as Commanding General, 7th Infantry Division, Sapporo, Japan. He commanded this division first in Japan and then in Korea during the first seven months of the Korean War, to include participating in the Inchon Landing and the subsequent invasion of North Korea culminating with the march to the Yalu River in November 1950. He left the 7th Division on 26 January 1951 and took command of the Armored Center on 22 February 1951. On 5 April 1951, illness forced his replacement at Fort Knox, and following prolonged hospitalization, he was physically retired on 29 February 1952.

MG David G. Barr died on 26 September 1970 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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