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
April 15, 2014 — The Indianapolis Public Library will join representatives of the playoff-bound Indiana Pacers for a free public demonstration of Google Glass, the optical head-mounted display device, on Thursday, April 17 at 12 noon at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.
April 10, 2014 — The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library and The Indianapolis Public Library have joined together to broaden the reach of programming and provide greater opportunities for individuals to learn about the life, works and legacy of iconic Indianapolis author Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
April 02, 2014 — The Indianapolis Public Library and Marion County Sheriff's Office have announced an expansion of the gun lock giveaway program.
Meet the staff of The Indianapolis Public Library which celebrates National Library Workers Day, April 15, 2014.
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.