About the Library
The Library Mission
The Indianapolis Public Library is the community's place to access essential information resources, technology, programs and services; foster reading and learning and promote the social, economic, recreational and lifelong learning interests of its diverse population.
Mission Statement, as adopted by the Library Board November 20, 2008
The Indianapolis Public Library provides materials, programs and services in support of the lifelong learning, recreational and economic interests of all Marion County citizens. Serving residents since 1873, the Public Library system currently consists of 22 branches throughout Marion County, the Central Library downtown, and bookmobile services.
IndyPL's collection of over 2.1 million items includes a variety of formats: books, books on tape, magazines, large print materials, audiocassettes, videocassettes, compact discs and DVD's. Foreign language materials are an integral part of the Library's collection. Items may be checked out by patrons with a library card, which may be obtained free of charge at any Library location.
What kind of City do we hope Indianapolis will be in 2020?
How might the Indianapolis Public Library contribute to the City's progress?
These key questions will shape library service in the future. The Library will has begun the process to develop a new Strategic Plan for the years 2015 through 2020.
News & Announcements
July 29, 2014 — The road map guiding the future of The Indianapolis Public Library is now available following the public unveiling of the Library's new five-year Strategic Plan, "Yours to Experience," that focuses on providing greater access to Library services and enhancing the Library's role to address community needs.
July 16, 2014 — Hoosier author Michael Shelden has been selected as the winner of the $10,000 National Author prize given by the 2014 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, a program of The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation funded by The Glick Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation. The annual award program recognizes Indiana authors’ contributions to the literary landscape in Indiana and across the nation.
July 10, 2014 — The Indianapolis Public Library will conduct a public hearing on the year 2015 budget on Monday, July 28, 2014.
Storytime with Indiana's First Lady Karen Pence
2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
The information in the 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report has not been updated for developments subsequent to the date of the independent auditor's report.
2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
The information in the 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report has not been updated for developments subsequent to the date of the independent auditor's report.
2014-2016 Capital Projects Fund
The Capital Projects Fund utilizes an estimated tax rate. Tax rates are set during the 2014 budget process.
2015-2017 Capital Projects Fund - Draft
The Capital Projects Fund utilizes an estimated tax rate. Tax rates are set during the 2015 budget process.