Easter Library Closings
All Indianapolis Public Library locations will be closed on Sunday, April 20 in observance of Easter.

Library at a Glance


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.

Adopted by the Library Board November 20, 2008

Vision Statement

The Indianapolis Public Library will continue to be one of the best library systems in the United States as measured by its responsiveness and relevance to the community's information and learning needs, the excellent stewardship of its resources and the high-quality service it delivers to the public.

Adopted by the Library Board November 20, 2008

Strategic Plan

At its regular meeting on November 20, 2008, the library's Board of Trustees formally adopted a new Strategic Plan for 2008 - 2014. Based on recommendations of a community-based Strategic Planning Committee, the plan address the Library's mission, its vision and goals.

Governing Body

Seven-member Board of Trustees serving 4-year terms:

  • 2 appointed by the Indianapolis City County Council
  • 3 appointed by the Marion County Board of Commissioners
  • 2 appointed by IPS


The Library Journal Index of Public Library Service again listed IndyPL as a 4-star library based on the following criteria: library visits by patrons; circulation of materials; program attendance; and public Internet computer usage.

IndyPL received the Government Financial Officers Association certificate for meeting the highest standards of financial accountability.

The American Library Association awarded IndyPL the "Library of the Future" award in 2009 for its innovative learning environment for young people: The Learning Curve at Central Library.


Year Founded



22 and Central Library downtown

Number of Employees

Approximately 700

Registered Borrowers

532,437 at the end of 2012

Patron Visits (2012)

4.2 million

Circulation (2012)

15.5 million

Summer Reading Program

The 2012 Summer Reading Program attracted over 58,000 participants.