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


Library Staff Cited for Distinguished Service

October 12, 2016 — Two Indianapolis Public Library staff members were recognized for their dedicated service on October 10 during the Library's annual Staff In-Service Day.

Public Invited to the Southport Branch Grand Reopening Open House!

October 7, 2016 — The entire community is invited to experience the many features of the newly-renovated Southport Branch of The Indianapolis Public Library during its Grand Reopening Open House on Saturday, October 15 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Southport Branch, 2630 E. Stop 11 Road.

Indy Library Maintains AA+ Bond Rating From Fitch

October 6, 2016 — Citing a history of solid operating performance, significant financial flexibility to withstand any period of revenue stress, and active management to align revenues and expenditures in the face of property tax caps, Fitch Ratings has affirmed a AA+ rating to The Indianapolis Public Library.

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Strategic Plan (Flipbook)

Strategic Plan (PDF)


Financial Reports

2017 Budget Proposal

Proposed 2017 Budget Powerpoint Presentation 
This presentation was made during the public hearing on the Library's proposed 2017 budget at the August 9, 2016 Joint Library Board Committee Meeting.  The Library Board will vote on the approval of this proposed budget at their August 22, 2016 meeting at the Haughville Branch Library. 

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

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.


Annual Reports

Video component of The Indianapolis Public Library's 2015 online annual report entitled, "Advancing the Learning Journey".

2015 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report
2013 Annual Report
2012 Annual Report
2011 Annual Report
2010 Annual Report