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Central Library

40 East Saint Clair Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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Central Library Hours

Mon - Tue 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Wed - Thu 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sun 1 p.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.


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.

Computer Training Lab

Receive hands-on instruction on computer skills, computer applications, and accessing online services in Central Library's Computer Training Lab during our computer and technology programs. See our program schedule for this month and next month.

Computer Help Desk

The Computer Support Desk on the 4th Floor provides personal assistance from Library staff for patrons using the library's Windows 10 computers. Staff can assist with learning computer skills, accessing common online services, and using your personal device such as smartphone, tablet, or laptop to access the library's online services and programs. Job seekers can also receive help from our Career Center program at this desk during all open hours.

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.

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.

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.

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. Learn more.

Federal Depository Library Program

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The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) ensures that the American public has free access to U.S. government information through depository libraries. As a selective FDLP library, digital and print federal government resources are accessible through our catalog, Central Library, and the numerous other IndyPL library locations.

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
Outgoing Fax
Exam Proctoring
Bike Rack
Walk-up Book Return
Drive-up Book Return
Upcoming Events at Central
Family Game Night at Central

Family Game Night at Central

Central Library

Bring a friend, play a game, and have fun! Over 100 board, card, dice, and giant-size games for gamers of all ages! Learning Curve staff will guide the way and answer questions! Recommended for ages 5+, All gamers under 12 need to bring an adult. Located in the Atrium. No registration is required.

Saturday Morning Live Block Party

Saturday Morning Live Block Party

Central Library

Kids and teens are invited to join a live Block Party! Stop by and join the Learning Curve Learning Specialists and other kid builders to complete fun challenges with LEGOs. Children under 12 should be accompanied. No registration is required.

Family Tech Workshop: Circuits and Raspberry Pis

Family Tech Workshop: Circuits and Raspberry Pis

Central Library

Explore circuitry and coding with with an LED Light project for a Raspberry Pi. Recommended for ages 8 to 12 years. Youth attendees must be accompanied by an adult who will participate in the program with them. Maximum two youth attendees per adult.


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
Connie Scott

Connie Scott

Hi, I'm Connie Scott, Area Resource Manager for Central Library. 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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