Tour the Historic Central Library!

February 23, 2009

Experience the classic ambience of early 20th century architecture and revel in today's high-tech information environment during free public tours of Central Library downtown, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

Trained escorts are available to provide tours to groups or individuals every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m., originating in Central Library's Atrium on the 2nd floor at the Information Desk.

The newly-transformed Central Library reopened in December, 2007 and attracted nearly 900,000 visitors during its first full-year of operation.

Visitors can tour the original Cret Building, constructed in 1917 of Indiana limestone and executed in classic Greek Doric style. The main area of the building, the Simon Reading Room, features a distinctive ceiling painted in oil on canvas that tells the history of Indiana.

The new four-story Atrium, accented by curved steel arches, serves as a bridge to connect the Cret Building with the new six-story addition and is the hub of the Central Library complex.

The glass and steel-framed addition, with escalator and elevator access, houses such attractions as The Learning Curve for children and teens, the Nina Mason Pulliam Indianapolis Special Collections Room, the Clowes Auditorium, and the Computer Training Lab.

Public tours last around one hour. Groups numbering over 10 are asked to make a reservation by calling 275-4119.