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
September 10, 2014 — Dayton, Ohio artist James Pate will discuss his powerful and thought provoking Central Library exhibit, "Kin Killin' Kin," during a free public presentation on Saturday, September 20 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. at Central Library in the Clowes Auditorium, 40 E. St. Clair Street.
August 28, 2014 — As the latest innovation to meet current patron demand, text messaging is now available from The Indianapolis Public Library as a way to receive important notices on personal account activity.
August 12, 2014 — A powerful and thought-provoking exhibit of images intended as a call-to-action against gun violence in the African-American community is on display through September 28 at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street. Mayor Greg Ballard joined Library and community representatives in cutting the crime-scene ribbon on August 12 to officially open the exhibit.
Author David Hoppe on New Book, "Personal Indianapolis"
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.