About the Library

Information desk at Central 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.


Yours To Create logoStrategic Plan

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


New Digital Collection Documents Indy Library History

November 25, 2014 — A pastor's handwritten 1868 sermon calling for the establishment of an Indianapolis library as well as photographs from Central Library's 1916 cornerstone ceremony are part of an extensive online collection chronicling the rich history of The Indianapolis Public Library.


Indy Library Staff Receive Special Recognition

November 17, 2014 — Two dedicated Indianapolis Public Library employees have been honored for distinguished service and advocacy by the Library and Library Foundation.


Win a Visit from Andrew Luck & Dwayne Allen During the COLTSTRONG, LIBRARYSTRONG II Contest!

November 12, 2014 — Children ages 6 - 17 are invited to use their Indianapolis Public Library cards for a chance to win an in-person visit from Indianapolis Colts players Andrew Luck and Dwayne Allen during the COLTSTRONG, LIBRARYSTRONG II contest, beginning November 15 and continuing through December 31.

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Strategic Plan (Flipbook)

Strategic Plan (PDF)


Financial Reports

2015 Budget Proposal

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.

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. 


Annual Reports

Video component of The Indianapolis Public Library's 2013 online annual report entitled, "People & Possibilities."

2013 Annual Report
2012 Annual Report
2011 Annual Report
2010 Annual Report
2009 Annual Report