One Library Square
40 E. St. Clair St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Central Library, Jul 21 11:00AM
Author Robin Ligon-Williams: Africa Is Alive in the Black Indians of New Orleans
Central Library, Jul 21 1:00PM
Cosplay Meetup @ Central!
Central Library, Jul 21 2:00PM
Computer Club in the Makerspace on the 1st Floor
Central Library, Jul 21 2:00PM
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. 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 marks the 100th anniversary of Central Library. Learn more about the building's history and its centennial celebration.
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.
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
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