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About Your Library

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The Library Mission

The Indianapolis Public Library enriches lives and builds communities through lifelong learning.

The Library Vision

To be a Center of Knowledge, Community Life, and Innovation for Indianapolis.

Open Access Statement

All Library services are available to residents of the Library district without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation or gender identity. While there might be limits on some services due to residency outside of the Library district, or due to past abuse of Library policy, Library staff work hard every day to make sure that patrons can find the resources they need at the Library, and to help make central Indiana a better place to live and work. We also take our guidance from City ordinances and honor the provisions of the City’s Human Rights Ordinance. Tolerance and open access are fundamental to what libraries are all about in this country,
and it is our honor to serve the community.

Serving residents since 1873, the Indianapolis Public Library system currently consists of 22 branches throughout Marion County, the Central Library downtown, and bookmobile services.

IndyPL's physical collection of over 2.1 million items includes a variety of formats: books, books on tape, magazines, large print materials, compact discs and DVD's. The downloadable or streaming collections offer a wide range of ebooks, eaudios, emusic, emagazines and evideos. Foreign language materials are an integral part of the Library's collections. 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?


News & Announcements


"The Big Read" Author Dinaw Mengestu @ Central Library!

April 20, 2015 — As part of the month-long celebration of "The Big Read," during which Indianapolis residents are encouraged to read The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Ethiopian-American author Dinaw Mengestu, the author will visit Indianapolis to discuss the book's theme and his own immigrant experience on Saturday, April 25 at 2 p.m. at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

Indy Library Events Recognize National Crime Victims' Rights Week

April 15, 2015 — National Crime Victims' Rights Week is observed each year as a way to create more public awareness of - and knowledge about - the wide range of rights and services available to people who have been victimized by crime. The theme for National Crime Victims' Right Week 2015, April 19-25, is "Engaging Communities, Empowering Victims."


Celebrate National Library Week at the Indy Library!

April 06, 2015 — The Indianapolis Public Library presents a variety of special activities for all ages during National Library Week, April 12 - 18, 2015. This year's celebration, "Unlimited possibilities @ your library," recognizes the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote the use and support of all types of libraries.

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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 2014 online annual report entitled, "Yours to Experience."

2014 Annual Report
2013 Annual Report
2012 Annual Report
2011 Annual Report
2010 Annual Report