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
February 26, 2014 — For the 23rd consecutive year, The Indianapolis Public Library has received the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.
February 21, 2014 — During her entire life, Cathleen McGovern Quigley had neither met nor ever seen a photo of her paternal grandfather. But thanks to The Indianapolis Public Library's digital collection of historic photos from the Indianapolis Firefighters Museum, the Whitestown, Indiana resident and National Sales Manager for Embassy Suites Downtown discovered the first visual record of her Indianapolis firefighter grandfather, a portrait photo from the 1930's, which has touched her entire family.
February 18, 2014 — Marion County Sheriff John Layton has announced a new partnership with The Indianapolis Public Library to provide free gun locks in an effort to curb unintentional gun injury and harm.
Library CEO Explains Strategic Plan Preliminary 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.
2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
The information in the 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report has not been updated for developments subsequent to the date of the independent auditor's report.