About Your Library
The Library Mission
The Indianapolis Public Library enriches lives and builds communities through lifelong learning.
The Library Vision
To be a Center of Knowledge, Community Life, and Innovation for Indianapolis.
Open Access Statement
All Library services are available to residents of the Library district without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation or gender identity. While there might be limits on some services due to residency outside of the Library district, or due to past abuse of Library policy, Library staff work hard every day to make sure that patrons can find the resources they need at the Library, and to help make central Indiana a better place to live and work. We also take our guidance from City ordinances and honor the provisions of the City’s Human Rights Ordinance. Tolerance and open access are fundamental to what libraries are all about in this country,
and it is our honor to serve the community.
Serving residents since 1873, the Indianapolis Public Library system currently consists of 22 branches throughout Marion County, the Central Library downtown, and bookmobile services.
IndyPL's physical collection of over 2.1 million items includes a variety of formats: books, books on tape, magazines, large print materials, compact discs and DVD's. The downloadable or streaming collections offer a wide range of ebooks, eaudios, emusic, emagazines and evideos. Foreign language materials are an integral part of the Library's collections. Items may be checked out by patrons with a library card, which may be obtained free of charge at any Library location.
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News & Announcements
May 24, 2016 — On Monday, May 23rd, Indiana First Lady Karen Pence officially opened the Library's StoryWalk® at Ft. Harrison State Park where reading and nature come together. Students from the Fortune Academy and Holy Cross Lutheran School toured the half-mile path featuring installations of the picture book, "Woodpecker Wham" by April Pulley Sayre and illustrated by Steve Jenkins.
May 20, 2016 — Children and families are invited to experience the joy of reading and be a part of Indiana's 200th birthday celebration during The Indianapolis Public Library's 2016 Summer Reading Program, "The Summer Reading Book Bash," beginning Monday, June 6 and continuing through Saturday, July 30. Participants can register at any IndyPL location, including the Beech Grove Public Library which will merge with IndyPL on June 1.
May 10, 2016 — The Indianapolis Public Library's online collection of full-text local high school yearbooks now includes those from Beech Grove High School that date to the 1940s. Viewers can enjoy class photos and information about clubs, athletic teams, faculty and school-related activities that can be freely accessed and downloaded from the Library's Digital Indy site at digitalindy.org.
2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
The information in the 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report has not been updated for developments subsequent to the date of the independent auditor's report.
2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
The information in the 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report has not been updated for developments subsequent to the date of the independent auditor's report.
The Capital Projects Fund utilizes an estimated tax rate. Tax rates are set during the 2014 budget process.
2015-2017 Capital Projects Fund - Draft
The Capital Projects Fund utilizes an estimated tax rate. Tax rates are set during the 2015 budget process.