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In Our Catalog & Online

The Center for Black Literature & Culture: The Power of Black Voices

Explore the vibrant and resilient heritage and triumphs of those born of African roots. This online collection includes artifacts, photographs, and articles in the categories: Black Literature, Indianapolis Black Heritage, Black Culture, Black Librarianship, and The African Diaspora. See the collection online here.

The Racial Equity Collection

The Racial Equity Collection makes it easier than ever for Library patrons to access antiracism and social justice resources. The Library purchased thousands of new materials including books, e-books, audiobooks, DVDs, and Blu-rays. The materials span a wide range of genres, with titles suited for children, teens, and adults. See the collection online here.

Digital Indy Archives

Digital Indy is the Indianapolis Public Library's digital collection which provides access to digital images and recordings of cultural and historical interest. See the collection online here.

The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis

The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis includes entries, timelines, an interactive atlas, in-depth features, and more to tell the stories of the people, organizations, places, and events that define Indianapolis and its metropolitan region. Updated continuously, the encyclopedia aims to provide information to help citizens participate more effectively in developing the city. Suggest entries, add information, and help improve this resource. You can contribute your ideas, knowledge, photos, and documents here. Get started by browsing our content or find something you are interested in using the search bar above.

At Multiple Locations

The Seed Library

We provide seeds for check-out as well as education and resources about growing and saving seeds and organic gardening. The Seed Library is open and free to the public at Beech Grove, College Avenue, Decatur, East 38th Street, Franklin Road, Garfield Park, Glendale, Haughville, Lawrence, Nora, Outreach, Pike, Southport, Spades Park, Wayne, West Indianapolis, and West Perry. See the collection online here.

Federal Depository Library Program

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The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) ensures that the American public has free access to U.S. government information through depository libraries. As a selective FDLP library, digital and print federal government resources are accessible through our catalog, Central Library, and numerous other IndyPL library locations.

At Central Library

The Learning Curve

The Learning Curve is a high tech, hands-on area designed just for kids, teens, and their families. From story times to art programs, and even an area for teens only, youth may visit the Learning Curve to develop interpretive and critical thinking skills. Learn more

The Center for Black Literature & Culture

The Center for Black Literature & Culture (CBLC) is dedicated to celebrating the vibrant and resilient heritage and triumphs of those born of African roots. The CBLC's collection includes specially selected literature, music, movies, and artwork highlighting the contributions of black icons, specifically those with Indiana roots. Learn more

Murals for Justice Collection

While visiting the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library you can also both view and borrow from the Murals for Justice Collection. Local artists of color were commissioned to create the murals in June, 2020. The artworks were originally created on the wood that was used to cover downtown windows amid protests of the police-involved killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Dreasjon Reed. Learn more here

Indianapolis Special Collections Room

The Nina Mason Pulliam Indianapolis Special Collections Room (ISCR) houses collections of archival materials. These include adult and children's materials by local authors, photographs, scrapbooks, typescripts, manuscripts, autographed editions, letters, newspapers, and magazines. Learn more

The Chris Gonzalez Collection

This Collection is a resource for LGBTQ+ people to access materials specific to their community. IndyPL is committed to growing this collection to make it more inclusive of people of color, women, non-binary, transgender, and lesbian/bisexual/queer/+ authors, as well as people at the intersections of these identities. Visit the permanent display highlighting the Collection in the Simon Reading Room at Central Library or view the collection in our online catalog. Learn more about the history of the collection here.

Newspaper & Microfilm

The Newspaper collection contains a selection of United States and Indiana newspapers including current issues on paper and historic issues on microfilm. Materials do not circulate.

Patent & Trademark Office

The Central Library is designated an official Patent and Trademark Depository Library by the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Washington. Learn more

Foundation Collection

The Foundation Collection provides visitors access to grantmaker directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management, and the Foundation Center's electronic databases. The databases include detailed profiles of all active U.S. foundations, as well as an extensive file of recent grants awarded by the nation's top funders.