Indianapolis has a diverse population of immigrants. More than 80,000 immigrants call Indianapolis home, hailing from countries such as Mexico, Myanmar (Burma), and India. After making their way to the Hoosier state, they must adjust to a new culture, government, and educational system. The Library is one of many community organizations providing resources and education to immigrants, helping them adapt to their new homes.
Reading to children in their home languages shapes their views on literacy and their home cultures. It is also impactful to read to children in different languages. Come join us for Bilingual Storytimes in Spanish! In the near future, please join us for storytimes in Ukrainian. Storytimes occur in various branches in the city, please see our Bilingual Storytime schedule.
English Conversation Circles
Join our English conversation circles to practice and improve your English skills in a comfortable and welcoming place. We discuss topics on American culture, idioms, phrasal verbs, some grammar, and much much more! Facilitators are TESOL trained. Please check the indypl.org online calendar for details.
World Computer Classes
World Computer Classes take place at our Haughville, Nora, Eagle, West Indianapolis, Garfield Park, and Central Library in partnership with Digital Synapsis. Currently offered in Spanish, IndyPL plans to offer classes in more languages in the future. Typical classes include topics like how to use Google Workspace and getting to know or deciding on a device that is best for you. Topics such as these are important for success in school, business, or just personal use. Check our online calendar for World Computer Classes sessions.
Other Programs & Collaborations Throughout the year, as needs and interests in the community arise and partnerships form, we offer additional opportunities. Other programs we will have this year include:
Our Neighbor, Our Partner
Immigrant Welcome Center (IWC) is a great resource for the Indianapolis community. The mission of IWC is to be a trusted partner and advocate for all immigrants. They support this work through programming and working with community partners and local leaders to offer programs and services that address the following focus areas: Immigrant and Refugee Support, Naturalization and Legal Assistance, English Language Literacy, and Community Partner Support. Learn more about the services provided by the Immigrant Welcome Center.
This special event is hosted by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and takes place at Central Library. Each month, close to 300 new citizens partake in the ceremonies, representing 30-35 languages. Organizations that help make this day important are the League of Women Voters, Indy 11 soccer team, and the Immigrant Welcome Center. Welcome the country’s newest citizens at Central Library as they complete the final step toward naturalization – the swearing-in ceremony. We are seeking volunteers to greet and direct guests. For more information see our Volunteering page.
For questions, partnerships, and programming please contact the Immigrant Outreach Program Specialist, Sakura Fuqua, by email or phone (317) 275-4088.
World Language Book Collection
The Indianapolis Public Library is proud of the programing and partnerships created to serve our community. We are also proud of growing our world language book collection to reflect our growing immigrant community. We have books, movies, language learning audiobooks and citizenship guides for all ages in:
Recommendations from IndyPL Staff
What does it take to become fluent? How do I get started? Find answers to these and many other language related questions in the apps, books, audiobooks, and videos included in this list of books you can check out with your IndyPL library card.
Mango Language Learning Online
Learn English (and 70+ other languages) with Mango! Mango teaches everyday greetings, helpful phrases, and real-life situations. There are 10+ English as a Second Language (ESL) courses offered. Watch this video tutorial or learn more about Mango.