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LGBTQ+ Services @Your Library


The Indianapolis Public Library strives to serve everyone in Marion County. This, of course, includes people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and other non-cisgender and non-straight identities. Since 2018, we have been working diligently on improving our collections and adding programs specifically to include and support the LGBTQ+ community and to educate the community writ large about LGBTQ+ issues.

Rainbow Reads Newsletter

Sign up for Rainbow Reads, a monthly newsletter providing staff recommendations for great LGBTQ+ books and movies, new books featuring LGBTQ+ characters or authors, and upcoming library events for the community. View latest issue

Recurring Events:

IndyPL Film Qlub - Adults and teens ages 17 and up are invited to view and discuss LGBTQ-themed movies. Films will be shown in Central Library's Riley Meeting Room. This month and next month

Rainbow Reads Book Club - Adults are invited to explore the world of LGBTQ+ literature. Book club picks span from the classics to science fiction and everything in between! This month and next month

Classics of Queer Literature

"Classic" here means "foundational literature focused on LGBTQ+ themes". It does not necessarily connotate "old" (though some of it certainly qualifies), as much foundational literature has been written this century. #indypladults IndyPL_AhliahB

Reading Lists from IndyPL Librarians:

  • Recent LGBTQ+ Films - From traumatic to heart-warming, this group of films from 2016 - 2019 delves into many thought-provoking real and serious life experiences . Get the streaming versions and more LGBTQ+ titles through Kanopy and your library card at IndyPL_DebL
  • Queer Poetry - Celebrate National Poetry Month by reading works by these acclaimed LGBTQ+ poets! IndyPL_AhliahB
  • Pride, Self-Identification, and Children - Regardless of how children identify it's important to teach them to be proud of whoever and whatever they are. These books are a great way to expose kids to this fact and an even better way for parents to connect with their child. IndyPL_JosephL
  • More LGBTQ+ Booklists from IndyPL Librarians for kids, teens & adults.