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.
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
May 02, 2016 — Two branches of The Indianapolis Public Library that continue to operate as original Carnegie Libraries constructed in the early 1900s have been named to the National Register of Historic Places.
April 26, 2016 — At its regular meeting on April 25, 2016, The Indianapolis Public Library Board of Trustees unanimously approved a merger of the Beech Grove Public Library, effective June 1, 2016. The action follows a unanimous vote on April 12 by the Beech Grove Public Library Board of Trustees to support a merger with IndyPL and is based on recommendations of a Merger Planning Committee comprised of representatives from each entity.
April 22, 2016 — The Indianapolis City-County Council has appointed two new members to The Indianapolis Public Library Board of Trustees.
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.