Indianapolis Public Library
Central Library (Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library)
Front of the library
|Location||40 E. St. Clair St., Indianapolis, Indiana|
|Area||1 acre (0.40 ha)|
|Architect||Paul Cret; Borie and Medary Zantzinger|
|NRHP Reference #||75000045|
|Added to NRHP||August 28, 1975|
The Indianapolis Public Library (formerly known as the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library) is the public library system that serves the citizens of Marion County, Indiana, United States and its largest city, Indianapolis. The library was founded in 1873 and has grown to include a Central Library building, located adjacent to the Indiana World War Memorial Plaza, and 22 branch libraries spread throughout Marion County. According to a March 13, 2007 press release, the Library boasted over 5.43 million visitors and a record-high circulation of nearly 13.8 million items in 2006. The Central Library building was designed by architect Paul Philippe Cret, (with Zantzinger, Borie and Medary) and completed in 1917. A complete historic renovation and a major addition to the library was designed by Woollen, Molzan and Partners. It opened in 2007.
Mission and Vision
On November 20, 2008, the Library Board officially adopted the following mission and vision statements :
"The Indianapolis-Marion County 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."
"The Indianapolis-Marion County 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."
Indianapolis Special Collections Room
The Central Library also houses the Nina Mason Pulliam Indianapolis Special Collections Room containing a variety of archival adult and children’s materials, both fiction and nonfiction books by local authors, photographs, scrapbooks, typescripts, manuscripts, autographed editions, letters, newspapers, magazines, and realia. The collection features Kurt Vonnegut, May Wright Sewall, the Woollen family, James Whitcomb Riley, and Booth Tarkington.
Besides the Central Library, The Indianapolis Public Library also operates twenty-two branch libraries and provides bookmobile services.
|Branch Name||Year Est.||Current Location|
|Brightwood Branch||1901||2435 N. Sherman Drive|
|College Avenue Branch (replaced the Brown branch)||1924||4180 N. College Avenue|
|Decatur Branch||1967||5301 Kentucky Avenue|
|Eagle Branch||1960||3325 Lowry Road|
|East 38th Street Branch||1957||5420 E. 38th Street|
|East Washington Branch||1911||2822 E. Washington Street|
|Flanner House Branch||1967||2424 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Street|
|Fountain Square Branch||1896||1066 Virginia Avenue|
|Franklin Road Branch||1969||5550 S. Franklin Road|
|Garfield Park Branch||1918||2502 Shelby Street|
|Glendale Branch||1930||Glendale Town Center
6101 N. Keystone Avenue
|Haughville Branch||1896||2121 W. Michigan Street|
|InfoZone Branch||2000||3000 N. Meridian Street
Inside The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
|Irvington Branch||1903||5625 E.Washington Street|
|Lawrence Branch||1967||7898 N. Hague Road|
|Nora Branch||1971||8625 Guilford Avenue|
|Pike Branch||1967||6525 Zionsville Road|
|Southport Branch||1967||2630 E. Stop 11 Road|
|Spades Park Branch||1912||1801 Nowland Avenue|
|Warren Branch||1974||9701 E. 21st Street|
|Wayne Branch||1969||198 S. Girls School Road|
|West Indianapolis Branch||1897||1216 S. Kappes Street|
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
- Woollen, Molzan and Partners website project page 
- Central to Our History: Indianapolis Special Collections Room, n.d., brochure, Indianapolis, IN: Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library.
-  Indianapolis Marion County Public Library, Retrieved 2010-11-22.
- Downey, Lawrence J. A Live Thing in the Whole Town: The History of the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, 1873-1990. Indianapolis: Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Foundation, 1991.
- Jean Preer (2013). "Counter Culture: The World as Viewed from Inside the Indianapolis Public Library, 1944–1956". In Christine Pawley; Louise S. Robbins. Libraries and the Reading Public in Twentieth-Century America. Print Culture History in Modern America. University of Wisconsin Press. ISBN 0299293238.