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The Indianapolis Public Library continuously evaluates our ability to maintain a safe, healthy environment for staff and patrons inside our locations. Library staff are self-monitoring for Covid-19 symptoms and reporting potential exposures from home. Out of an abundance of caution, libraries may be closed for a deep clean. A symptomatic or potentially exposed staff member and any other staff considered a close contact by CDC guidelines will require a negative Covid-19 test to return to work. This may cause a location to be closed or revert to curbside pickup only for multiple days if there are not enough staff available to operate a library location. See current closures and service adjustments.

We are continuing to seek and adapt to new ways to safely serve the public, while acknowledging the concerns and safety needs presented by The Marion County Health Department, and what we are learning through internal discussions. We will continuously evaluate our ability to maintain a safe, healthy environment for staff and patrons. These expectations are subject to change as needed. We ask that patrons be patient and respectful of our staff as we work through our new normal to bring Library services to the public.

Information from the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH)

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is making updates to their website as new information becomes available. You can sign up to receive updates by email.

If you experience symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath and have a recent history of travel to China or contact with someone suspected of having COVID-19 please contact the ISDH Epidemiology Resource Center at:

  • 317-233-7125
  • 317-233-1325 after hours

Visit Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett's Office Online at COVID-19 Community Resources to find community programs and services aimed at helping those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. See also Indiana COVID-19 Testing Information.

It's Our Shot, Hoosiers COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in Indiana. Visit Indiana's Vaccine and Information page for helpful answers about vaccine safety, who is eligible, and other frequently asked questions. Visit to find a vaccination site near you.

For more information:

US Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
The CDC works to protect America from health, safety and security threats, including fighting diseases and supporting communities and citizens to do the same.

World Health Organization (WHO)
The WHO works worldwide to promote health and safety by identifying and responding to health emergencies, especially in vulnerable communities.

Need help? Ask a Library staff member at any of our locations or call, text or email Ask-a-Librarian.


Looking for science-based, non-clickbait information on the coronavirus? Wash your hands, make sure your mask is over your nose, don't panic, and check out the resources on this list to stay informed. IndyPL_CarriG

Also see IndyPL's Resources for Children 25+ Free Online e-Books and Video Read Alouds for Kids about COVID-19.

Heroes Wear Masks

Elmo's Super Adventure

Sesame Workshop

Oh Elmo, what can't you do? If anyone can convince a kid to wear a mask, it'll be him. Also available on Axis 360 and as a physical book.

Ten Lessons for A Post-pandemic World

Zakaria, Fareed

Looking ahead to when the pandemic is behind us, CNN host Zakaria takes a level-headed look at current affairs and the impact that the virus will have on our future.

And We Came Outside and Saw the Stars Again

Writers From Around the World on the COVID-19 Pandemic

Poets, novelists, and essayists reflect on the pandemic and quarentine.