The Indianapolis Public Library and Indy Pride, Inc. will partner to integrate the Chris Gonzalez Library and Archives into Central Library, as well as create a permanent LGBTQ+ Exhibit. The Chris Gonzalez Library and Archives is home to over 7,000 titles specific to the LGBTQ+ Community. The Chris Gonzalez Library and Archive is named after Chris Gonzalez, the community activist and founder of Indiana Youth Group who passed away in 1994. For over 30 years, the collection has been curated by Michael Bohr, who retired from this position in the summer of 2018. Upon much community discussion, it was determined the future of the Chris Gonzalez Library and Archives should reside at Central Library.
Over the course of the next year, materials from the collection will be catalogued and integrated into Central Library with the ability to search for LGBTQ+ materials, designated labels, and a permanent display case in the Simon Reading Room. Upon receiving this collection, it will become one of the largest LGBTQ+ collections of a public library in the United States.
It is the goal of both organizations that this permanent exhibit and the incorporation of these materials will lead to broader access to the stories and insights into the LGBTQ+ Community. By early fall of 2019, the Chris Gonzalez Library and Archives will be fully integrated into Central Library.