Library at a Glance

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.

Strategic Plan

The Library Board of Trustees adopted the Library’s new Strategic Plan “Yours to Experience”  which defines the Library’s role and scope of services in the community for the years 2015-2020.  Based upon ten months of citizen discussion, research and assessment, the Plan’s directions include realignment of some branch locations to maximize access, reducing or eliminating rental facilities, developing new outreach opportunities and partnerships.

Governing Body

Seven-member Board of Trustees serving 4-year terms:

  • 2 appointed by the Indianapolis City County Council
  • 3 appointed by the Marion County Board of Commissioners
  • 2 appointed by IPS


The Indy Library received the Leadership in Diversity Award during the Mayor’s Celebration of Diversity Awards in 2013 for excelling in strategies that support diversity and foster a culture of inclusiveness.

For its efforts to provide ongoing, innovative and diverse programming designed to meet community needs, the Library received the prestigious ILF Programming Award in 2013 from the Indiana Library Federation.

For the 22nd consecutive year, the Library received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Financial Officers Association for meeting the highest standards of financial accountability.

The American Library Association awarded IndyPL the Library of the Future Award in 2009 for its innovative learning environment for young people at Central Library, the Learning Curve.

Year Founded



22 and Central Library downtown

Number of Employees

Approximately 700

Registered Borrowers

462,842 at the end of 2014

Patron Visits (2014)

4.2 million

Circulation (2014)

15.9 million

Summer Reading Program

59,292 young readers