Michigan Road Branch Grand Opening
You are invited to the grand opening of the new Michigan Road Branch on December 15 from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., featuring a ribbon-cutting ceremony and special activities throughout the day for all ages. Come celebrate with us!

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.

Newspaper Obituaries

Our Central Library has Indianapolis newspapers on microfilm from about 1822 to the present. You may access the microfilm collection in person during library hours. We have limited staff resources for doing searches, so you will need to provide an exact date of death or burial (see sources below). We will search the newspapers within 5 days of the date of death or burial.

If you would like us to send you a copy of an obituary, you will need to provide us with the following information:

Below are listed sources which may assist you in determining the date of death or burial.


Indiana State Library Genealogy Division
Has a printed index of Marion County death records 1882-1920.

Marion County Health Department: Birth & Death Certificates
The MCDH has death certificates as far back as 1879.

Indiana State Health Department: Birth & Death Certificates
Death records in the ISDH Vital Records office begin with 1900. See their website for more details about this.

Crown Hill Cemetery Burial Locator
This feature appears on the "Locate a Loved One" page of the Crown Hill website. To determine someone's burial location at Crown Hill, enter a last name or burial date.