One Library Square
40 E. St. Clair St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Summer Showtime: The Great Gilly Hopkins
Central Library, Jun 28 1:30PM
Central Library, Jun 28 2:00PM
Email Open Lab
Central Library, Jun 29 10:30AM
Silly Safaris Animal Shows
Central Library, Jun 29 1:30PM
Parking Garage Rates
|30 min -1 hr||$1.00|
|Over 36 hr||Towed away|
|Banquets & special events||$5.00 per vehicle|
Meet the Branch Manager
Hi, Mike Williams, Area Resource Manager for Central Library. My favorite book is Being Digital by Nicholas Negroponte from the MIT Media Lab. I’ve been exploring the world of eBooks for the Library for more than 15 years now. I also enjoy gardening, photography and trains. 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. A broad expanse of steps leads up to the entrance, which is framed by impressive Greek columns.
On March 24, 1916, the Indianapolis community celebrated the laying of the new Library's cornerstone. A grandstand to seat three hundred guests was built for the event. South of the grandstand, St. Clair Park formed a natural stadium for the audience. Five hundred invitations were mailed to officials and prominent citizens, including then past and present members of the Board of School Commissioners who were honored guests. A chorus of 1,000 school children, under the leadership of Edward Bailey Birge, director of music for the public schools, sang "The Messiah of the Nations," written for the occasion by James Whitcomb Riley, with music composed by John Phillip Sousa.
To learn more about the new services and resources available at the Central Library, including The Learning Curve, a high tech, hands-on information environment designed for children, visit the Central Library section of the IndyPL website.
Branch Amenities & Services
216 - Public Computers with Internet access and Microsoft Office
Early Literacy Stations
Free Wireless Internet Access
Color Printing Services
Mobile Printing Service
Color Copy Machine(s)
Events Spaces for Public Reservation
Meeting Room(s) Available for Public Reservation
Walk-up book return
Drive-up book return
Credit Cards Accepted for Fines, Fees and Services
Microfilm readers with print or USB download capabilities