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Central Library Spaces to Rent

Perfect for your corporate retreat or group meeting, the Central Library offers many spaces to fulfill your business and social needs.

Central Library Spaces to Rent


The glass-encased Atrium is the hub of the Central Library complex. It has breathtaking views that are perfect for any reception.

Simon Reading Room

Arguably the city’s most magnificent entrance room, the Simon Reading Room is an ideal wedding and event venue.

East Garden

The East Garden’s oval lawn is surrounded by lush trees and flowers, making it perfect for intimate parties and receptions.

Riley Meeting Room

The largest of the three meeting rooms at Central Library, the Riley Meeting Room is ideal for group and business meetings.

Knall Meeting Room

Perfect for mid-sized meetings or group gatherings, the Knall Meeting Room offers flexible seating options and setups.

Goodrich Houk Meeting Room

The smallest of the three meeting rooms at Central, the Goodrich Houk Meeting Room is designed for small groups who are looking to meet in the heart of Downtown Indianapolis.

Clowes Auditorium

Clowes Auditorium is ideal for corporate conferences, annual meetings and lectures, musical concerts, and theatrical performances.

Special Collections Room

The Nina Mason Pulliam Indianapolis Special Collections Room features two separate areas: a sealed, climate-controlled room that preserves our collections and a viewing room where patrons can have a first-hand look at our valuable pieces.

Center for Black Literature & Culture

The Center for Black Literature & Culture (CBLC) houses over 20,000 items showcasing Black history and culture throughout the African diaspora. This space is ideal for mid-size group gatherings.

Frequently Asked Questions

What services does the Library provide during room rentals?

Central Library provides the rented event space. You would be responsible for the planning of the event. Our exclusive catering partner, Ritz Charles, will assist with all food and beverage needs. You are welcome to use any outside vendors of your choice for floral services, audio and visual needs, etc. Vendor guidelines will be sent to you to share with your vendors. All vendors must be licensed and insured, and must adhere to the vendor guidelines.

Are tours of the spaces available?

Absolutely, contact us to arrange a visit. During the tour, you will also receive a packet of information about the venue, pricing, and availability.

Does the library allow alcohol?

Yes. All alcohol must be supplied by our exclusive caterer.

Are tables and chairs included in the room rental?

We provide up to 225 ceremony chairs at no cost. Catering will provide all tables, chairs, and linens for receptions.

Do you have audio visual equipment available to rent?

The client is responsible for renting any A/V equipment from an outside vendor. We are happy to send you a suggested vendor list upon booking the venue.

Is parking available for guests of the event?

Central Library offers convenient parking for your event needs. The Library has an underground garage that has parking spaces for up to 300 vehicles on two levels. The garage entrance is located on Pennsylvania Street, just south of 9th Street. During the Library’s normal hours of operation, standard hourly parking rates apply. Parking vouchers may be obtained for special events. Use of the parking garage for guests is included in the rental price of all of our spaces for events after public hours. Additionally, metered street parking is available around the Library on 9th Street, Saint Clair Street, Pennsylvania Street, and Meridian Street.

Do you allow photoshoots at Central Library?

Yes. There is a $50/hour photoshoot fee and photoshoots must be arranged at least one week in advance. Please reach out to for date/time availability and for a photoshoot application. Photoshoots can only take place during Library public hours.

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For more information or to check our availability, please reach out to our events team.

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