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Historic yet modern, unique and classic, Central Library offers a setting as unforgettable as your wedding itself.

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Whether you are planning a wedding for 4 or 450 guests, this quintessential landmark building, located in the heart of Indianapolis, proudly encourages the use of its most beautiful spaces, both indoor and outdoor, for memorable weddings and receptions, perfect for your once-in-a-lifetime event.


The glass-encased Atrium is the hub of the Central Library complex. It has breathtaking views that are perfect for your reception. The Atrium is a private space and can only be rented outside of public hours.

Simon Reading Room

Arguably the city’s most magnificent entrance room, the Simon Reading Room is an ideal wedding and event venue. Flanked by two marble staircases and rich Indiana white oak paneled walls, the room was originally unveiled in 1917 as one of the city’s finest examples of classical architecture. The Simon Reading Room is a public space and can only be rented outside of public hours.

East Garden

The East Garden’s oval lawn is surrounded by lush trees and flowers, making it perfect for intimate parties and receptions. The East Garden is a semi private space. Please inquire about reserving during public hours.

Wedding FAQ's

Learn more about weddings and find your questions and answers below.

What is included in a wedding space rental?

• Free parking in our underground garage for up to 300 cars
• Mahogany wood dance floor – up to 20’x20’ **(excludes garden rentals)
• Up to 225 chairs for ceremony bookings

What is the earliest start time I can have my wedding?

Because we are open to the public until 5 p.m. on weekends, our earliest start time available is 6 p.m.

Do you allow outside catering?

We work with Ritz Charles as our exclusive caterer. No outside food or beverage may be brought in.

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.

Can Central Library accommodate ceremonies only?

Yes, you can host your ceremony here without hosting your reception here.

Can I have my ceremony and reception both in one space?

Absolutely! We will be happy to explain all of your options regarding use of our spaces.

Can we host our ceremony rehearsal in the same space?

We offer complimentary space for your rehearsal during public hours should the space be available. Rehearsals are usually held the day prior to your wedding.

Do you offer seasonal and/or Friday/Sunday discounts?

Due to high demand, we do not offer discounts.

Will my wedding be the only wedding that night?

Yes, we only host one wedding here per night which allows the option for use of all of our spaces.

Do you have audio visual equipment available to rent?

No, the clients are responsible to rent any A/V equipment from an outside vendor.

Can I bring in my own wedding cake?

Yes, it must come from a licensed baker.

Can I take engagement pictures in The Library?

Yes, there is a $50/hour fee for a professional photoshoot. To arrange your photo shoot, please contact the Events Department at or 317-275-4200.

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