About Your Library

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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 23 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.


Yours To Create logoStrategic Plan

What kind of City do we hope Indianapolis will be in 2020?

How might the Indianapolis Public Library contribute to the City's progress?


News & Announcements


IndyPL Names Head of Center for Black Literature & Culture

December 20, 2016 — The Indianapolis Public Library has announced the appointment of Nichelle M. Hayes as Specialist to develop and lead the new Center for Black Literature and Culture at Central Library.


Jingle Books! A Gift for Every Child

December 8, 2016 — The Indianapolis Public Library, Mayor Joe Hogsett and Indy Reads are encouraging individuals to spread the joy of reading by participating in the third year of Jingle Books, a community-wide project to provide free books for Indianapolis children during the holiday season.

Public Invited to the Warren Branch Grand Reopening Open House!

November 25, 2016 — The entire community is invited to experience the many features of the newly-renovated Warren Branch of The Indianapolis Public Library during its grand reopening Open House on Saturday, December 10 from 2 - 4 p.m. at the Warren Branch, 9701 E. 21st Street.

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Strategic Plan (Flipbook)

Strategic Plan (PDF)


Financial Reports

Proposed 2018 Budget Powerpoint Presentation
This presentation was made during the public hearing on the Library's proposed 2018 budget at the August 15, 2017 Joint Library Board Committee Meeting. The Library Board will vote on the approval of this proposed budget at their August 28, 2017 meeting at the Lawrence Branch Library.

2017 Budget Proposal

2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
The information in the 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report has not been updated for developments subsequent to the date of the independent auditor's report.

2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
The information in the 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report has not been updated for developments subsequent to the date of the independent auditor's report.

2016 Budget Proposal