Central Library

40 East Saint Clair Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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Central Library Hours

Sun 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Mon - Wed 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Thurs 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Fri 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Central Library

As the hub of the Indianapolis Public Library system, Central Library showcases renowned architecture and services. The original 1917 building, designed by Paul Cret and constructed of Indiana limestone in the Greek Doric style, was considered one of the most outstanding secular buildings in the U.S. Its six-story glass and steel-framed addition, designed by Evans Woollen, opened in 2007.

Resources

The Learning Curve

The Learning Curve is a high tech, hands-on area designed just for kids, teens, and their families. From story times to art programs, and even an area for teens only, youth may visit the Learning Curve to develop interpretive and critical thinking skills.

The Center for Black Literature & Culture

The Center for Black Literature & Culture (CBLC) is dedicated to celebrating the vibrant and resilient heritage and triumphs of those born of African roots. The CBLC's collection includes specially selected literature, music, movies, and artwork highlighting the contributions of black icons, specifically those with Indiana roots.

Indianapolis Special Collections Room

The Nina Mason Pulliam Indianapolis Special Collections Room (ISCR) houses collections of archival materials. These include adult and children's materials by local authors, photographs, scrapbooks, typescripts, manuscripts, autographed editions, letters, newspapers, and magazines.

Assistive Technology Room

The Assistive Technology Room provides equipment to enhance the library experience for patrons with special needs. This room includes CCTV and a specially designed workstation to offer a variety of features intended to help patrons with mobility, visual, and learning disabilities. Additional assistive services include handheld magnifiers and magnicams.

The Chris Gonzalez Collection

In existence for over 25 years, the Chris Gonzalez Library and Archives served as a place where LGBTQ+ people could access materials specific to their community. Curated by Michael Bohr, the library was comprised of over 7,000 titles, mostly from donations from community members. In 2017, Indy Pride entered into a partnership with The Indianapolis Public Library to receive most of the book and video materials, curate, and house them at Central Library. IndyPL is committed to growing this collection to make it more inclusive of people of color, women, non-binary, transgender, and lesbian/bisexual/queer/+ authors, as well as people at the intersections of these identities. There are three ways to find items in the collection:

  • View the Collection in our online catalog.
  • Visit the permanent display highlighting the Collection in the Simon Reading Room at Central Library.
  • Items that are a part of the Collection have an identifying bookplate inside.

Book-A-Librarian: Business Resources

Meet with a librarian one-on-one in order to be introduced to business resources including Reference USA, Business Insights Global, Mergent Intellect, and Gale Virtual Reference Library databases. Additional resources can be accessed based on individual need. Schedule an appointment by texting 317-333-6877 or register through Ask-a-Librarian.

Computer Training Lab

Receive hands-on instruction on the latest word processing applications and online services in Central Library's Computer Training Lab. The Computer Training Lab provides personal assistance from Library staff and opportunities for those getting support to use what they learn immediately.

3D Printing

3D printing equipment at Central Library includes a S5 Ultimaker Printer, a 3D Systems Cube Printer, and a Maker Navigator Printer. Meet at our monthly Makerspace workshops to learn the basics of 3D printing from concept to creation. Individual appointments are also available with a library staff member, either to print a project or tour the equipment. See our Events & Programs page for upcoming Makerspace dates.

Newspaper & Microfilm

The Newspaper collection contains a selection of United States and Indiana newspapers including current issues on paper and historic issues on microfilm. Materials do not circulate.

Patent & Trademark Office

The Central Library is designated an official Patent and Trademark Depository Library by the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Washington.

Foundation Collection

The Foundation Collection provides visitors access to grantmaker directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management, and the Foundation Center's electronic databases. The databases include detailed profiles of all active U.S. foundations, as well as an extensive file of recent grants awarded by the nation's top funders.

Amenities & Services
Internet Access
  • Public computers with Microsoft Office
  • Early learning computer stations
  • Free Wi-Fi
Meeting Spaces
Study Rooms
Self-Services
Outgoing Fax
Exam Proctoring
Bike Rack
Walk-up Book Return
Drive-up Book Return
Cafe
Typewriter
Upcoming Events at Central
Robots After Noon in the Learning Curve

Robots After Noon in the Learning Curve

Central Library

Families are invited to try a variety of robotics technology and practice programming. With various robots and games available each week, families can try something new or dive deeper into a favorite.

Computer Classes at Central: Gmail Basics

Computer Classes at Central: Gmail Basics

Central Library

Learn to manage your email account, send files and keep your inbox free of spam email. This class, to be held in the Computer Training Lab, requires experience using the mouse, keyboard and Internet.

12 Days of Winter

12 Days of Winter

Central Library

Join the staff of Central Library in celebrating the winter season during this do-it-yourself craft series. Create winter and holiday-themed decorations and gifts for home to enjoy all season long.

Parking

The Central Library has a parking garage available to patrons during their time at the Library. Garage pricing information is detailed below. The garage can be accessed on Pennsylvania Street.

Time Fee
0-30 min Free
30 min-1 hr $1.00
1-2 hr $2.00
2-4 hr $3.00
4-8 hr $5.00
8-12 hr $12.00
12-24 hr $24.00
Over 36 hr Towed Away
Area Resource Manager
Mike Williams

Mike Williams

Hi, I'm Mike Williams, Area Resource Manager for Central Library. My favorite book is Being Digital by Nicholas Negroponte. I hope you’ll visit our location soon. For questions or comments, please feel free to contact me. We are always happy to help!

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