Winter Holidays Schedule
All Indianapolis Public Library locations will be closed on Monday, December 24 and Tuesday, December 25 in observance of Christmas.
In addition, all locations will close at 5 p.m on Monday December 31 and remain closed on Tuesday, January 1 for New Year's Day, except the InfoZone which will be open on New Year's Day from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.


One Library Square
40 E. St. Clair St.

Indianapolis, IN 46204

Upcoming Branch EventsRSS icon

Cloud Computing Using Google Drive
Central Library, Dec 19 2:30PM

Job Center at Central Library
Central Library, Dec 19 5:00PM

Minecraft Club @ Central!
Central Library, Dec 19 5:30PM

12 Days of Winter
Central Library, Dec 20 2:00PM

Parking Garage Rates

0-30 min FREE
30 min -1 hr $1.00
1-2 hr $2.00
2-4 hr $3.00
4-8 hr $5.00
8-12 hr $12.00
12-24 hr $24.00
24-36 hr $36.00
Over 36 hr Towed away
Banquets & special events $5.00 per vehicle

Central Library

Central Library

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Meet the Branch Manager

Mike Williams, Central Library Manager

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Mike Williams

Hi, Mike Williams, Area Resource Manager for Central Library. My favorite book is Being Digital by Nicholas Negroponte. I hope you’ll visit Central Library soon. It is a wonderful facility in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. In the meantime, please feel free to contact me if there is anything I can do to help you use your public library.

About Central Library

The original Central Library building, located on St. Clair Street and extending from Meridian to Pennsylvania Streets, was completed in October 1917 at a cost of $510,000. Designed by Paul Cret and built in the Greek Doric style, it was considered one of the most outstanding architectural library structures in the United States. Fittingly, its exterior is of Indiana limestone built on a base of Vermont marble, with carved stone cornices adding to its beauty.

October 2017 marked the 100th anniversary of Central Library. Learn more about the building's history.

Resources Unique to Central Library

The Learning Curve

The Learning Curve is a high tech, hands-on information environment designed for children. Children and their families can visit "The Curve" to develop the interpretive and critical thinking skills needed to gain a deeper understanding and knowledge of the information world.

Center for Black Literature & Culture

The Center for Black Literature & Culture (CBLC) is dedicated to celebrating the vibrant and resilient heritage and triumphs of those born of African roots. As an integral part of American and world history and culture, this space is for ALL who are interested in exploring the rich heritage that has influenced nations across the globe.

Indianapolis Special Collections Room

The Nina Mason Pulliam Indianapolis Special Collections Room houses collections of archival materials. These include adult and children's materials by local authors, photographs, scrapbooks, typescripts, manuscripts, autographed editions, letters, newspapers, magazines, and realia.

Assistive Technology Room

The Assistive Technology Room provides equipment to enhance the library experience for patrons with special needs. This room includes CCTV and a specially designed workstation to offer a variety of features intended to help patrons with mobility, visual, and learning disabilities. Additional assistive services include handheld magnifiers and magnicams.

Book-A-Librarian: Business Resources

This allows library users to meet with a librarian one-on-one in order to be introduced to business resources including Reference USA, Business Insights Global, Merchant Intellect and Gale Virtual Reference Library databases. Additional resources can be introduced based up someone's business information need. Schedule an appointment by texting 317-333-6877 or register through Ask-a-Librarian.

Computer Training Lab

Patrons can receive hands-on instruction on the latest word processing applications and online services in Central Library's Computer Training Lab. The Computer Training Lab specializes in providing personal assistance from library staff and opportunities for patrons to use what they learn immediately.

Newspaper & Microfilm

The Newspaper collection contains a selection of United States and Indiana newspapers including current issues on paper and historic issues on microfilm. Materials do not circulate. 

Patent & Trademark Office

The Central Library is designated an official Patent and Trademark Depository Library by the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Washington.

Foundation Collection

The Foundation Collection provides visitors access to grantmaker directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management, and the Foundation Center's electronic databases. The databases include detailed profiles of all active U.S. foundations, as well as an extensive file of recent grants awarded by the nation's top funders.

Branch Amenities & Services

PCs Public Computers with Internet access and Microsoft Office
early literacy icon Early Literacy Stations
self-check icon Self-service Checkout
WIFI icon Free Wireless Internet Access
printer icon Color Printing Services
printer icon Mobile Printing Service
copies icon Color Copy Machine(s)
scanner icon Document Scanner
PCs Outgoing Fax
Calendar icon Events Spaces for Public Reservation
Users icon Meeting Room(s) Available for Public Reservation
Books icon Walk-up book return
Car icon Drive-up book return
credit card icon Credit Cards Accepted for Fines, Fees and Services

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Assistive Technology icon Assistive Technology
microfilm icon Microfilm readers with print or USB download capabilities
typewriter icon Typewriter