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Indianapolis Public Library

Central Library (Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library)
Front of the library
Indianapolis Public Library is located in Indiana
Indianapolis Public Library
Location 40 E. St. Clair St., Indianapolis, Indiana
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1913
Architect Paul Cret; Borie and Medary Zantzinger
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 75000045[1]
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.[2] It opened in 2007.

Indianapolis Special Collections Room

Nina Mason Pulliam Special Collections - Reading Room in October 2007

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.[3]


Besides the Central Library, The Indianapolis Public Library also operates twenty-two branch libraries and provides bookmobile services.[4]

Irvington Branch Library
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


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  2. ^ Woollen, Molzan and Partners website project page [1]
  3. ^ Central to Our History: Indianapolis Special Collections Room, n.d., brochure, Indianapolis, IN: Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library.
  4. ^ [2] Indianapolis Marion County Public Library, Retrieved 2010-11-22.

Further reading

  • 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.  

External links

  • IMCPL website
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