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
December 03, 2013 — Indianapolis readers are invited to join those in Cologne, Germany for "One Book, Two Cities," a first-of-its-kind shared reading campaign that continues through February 2014 as part of the Sister City relationship between the two international cities.
November 07, 2013 — A newly-renovated 272-square-foot children's programming area at the East Thirty-Eighth Street Branch of The Indianapolis Public Library, 5420 E. 38th Street, has been rededicated in the memory of a local woman who believed in reading as the key to unlocking a child's potential.
November 05, 2013 — The Indianapolis Public Library has received the prestigious Programming Award from the Indiana Library Federation for providing ongoing, innovative and diverse programming designed to meet the community's needs.
One Book, Two Cities Launch Event
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.