Central Library
We are moving things around at Central Library to better serve you. If you are looking for a specific item, please call ahead (317-275-4100) and we’ll locate it or offer an alternative. For more details on what’s going on, see a video here.


Featured Events

"States of Incarceration" A National Exhibit

A traveling exhibit on the past, present and future of mass incarceration, "States of Incarceration," opens on Thursday, April 13 and continues through Sunday, May 14 at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

Created by a national community of over 500 individuals in 20 cities, the exhibit explores the roots of incarceration in individual communities in order to open a dialogue on what should happen next. On display will be such depictions as immigration detention at Ellis Island and Elizabeth, New Jersey; the legacies of the Dakota Wars for Native American incarceration in Minnesota; and Angola's slave plantation-turned-prison in Louisiana.

The pieces form a diverse genealogy of the incarceration generation, challenging viewers to remember the past and use insights of history to shape what happens next.

In addition to the month-long exhibit, a number of other special events will be presented to underscore the exhibit's theme, including:

"13" Screening and Panel Discussion
Saturday, March 18 from 2 - 5 p.m.
Central Library, Clowes Auditorium, 40 E. St. Clair Street
Adults are invited for a screening of the documentary, "13," a 2016 film that centers on race in the criminal justice system and titled after the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which outlaws slavery. Following the film, a local panel will feature Dr. James Kilgore, an author, activist and university lecturer who appears in the documentary; Dr. Terri Jett, Associate Professor of Political Science at Butler University and Board President of the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana; and those affected by incarceration.

The States of Incarceration Opening Reception
Thursday, April 20 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street
The entire community is invited to the opening of the "States of Incarceration" month-long exhibit showcasing the history of incarceration in the United States.

Mass Story Lab
Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street
Community members affected by mass incarceration will share their stories and invite attendees
to brainstorm solutions for social justice.

For more information on these free Library programs, presented in partnership with the IUPUI Humanities Action Lab and The Medical History Museum, call 317-275-4099.