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 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.
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News & Announcements
December 19, 2017 — Purchase agreements approved by The Indianapolis Public Library Board of Trustees will clear the way for construction of a new Brightwood Branch on the city's near east side.
November 27, 2017 — Individuals throughout Marion County are encouraged to give the gift of reading by participating in "Jingle Books," a project of The Indianapolis Public Library to provide free books to children of all ages during the holiday season.
November 7, 2017 — Individuals of all ages are invited for an afternoon of cultural enrichment and inspiration during "Fall Fest '17" on Saturday, November 18 from 12 noon - 4 p.m. at Central Library in the Clowes Auditorium, 40 E. St. Clair Street.
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.
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.
Indiana Transparency Website
Access more information about the Library and other Indiana units of government at the Indiana Transparency Website Indiana Gateway.