One Library Square
40 E. St. Clair St.

Indianapolis, IN 46204

Upcoming Branch EventsRSS icon

eBook Tinker Station
Central Library, Aug 24 2:00PM

Microsoft Excel 2010 Intermediate
Central Library, Aug 24 2:00PM

Summer Garden Series @ Central: Jazz Concert
Central Library, Aug 24 6:30PM

How to Use the Keyboard & Mouse: Introduction to Computers
Central Library, Aug 25 10:30AM

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 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

PCs 216 - 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


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