Collections & Services
Collections by County - Click on a county for a quick guide to resources
Federal Documents- As Indiana’s Regional Federal Depository we collect all items within the Government Printing Office’s federal depository program
Genealogy Collections - One of the largest collections of family history information is available in the Indiana State Library.
Indiana Collections - One of the largest and broadest collections of books, maps, newspapers, manuscripts, and more on Indiana.
Indiana Young Readers Center - The Indiana Young Readers Center Collection includes books by Indiana authors and illustrators for children and young adults.
Preservation & Conservation Services - Provides preservation and conservation treatment for the collections of the Indiana State Library as well as information and training to the statewide library community.
Rare Books & Manuscripts - The Rare Books and Manuscripts Division includes over 3 million manuscripts; 5,200 collections, ranging from the early 15th century to present day. Among the collection’s strengths are Civil War-era letters and diaries, family papers and the records of many political figures from the Hoosier state.
Reference & Government Services - Serves legislators, state employees, businesses, scholars, students, family historians, and those looking for information possibly not available from their local public library.
State Data Center - Collects federal, state and local level statistical resources for Indiana and offer assistance navigating online and print Census Bureau data, both historic and current.
State Documents - Includes reports, historical materials, studies, statistics published by Indiana state agencies.
Talking Book & Braille - The Special Services Division provides books on tape, Braille books, and large print books to Indiana's citizens with visual or physical impairments.
Ask-a-Librarian - Offers reference services via Chat, email, telephone, or just come by the second-floor Reference Desk.
Borrower's Cards - Any Indiana resident is eligible for a borrower's card from the Indiana State Library.
Events and Workshops - Upcoming workshops and events hosted by the Indiana State Library.
Exhibits - View online exhibits or visit the Indiana State Library for more exhibits. .
Interlibrary Loan - If you cannot visit in person circulating items may be borrowed through your local public, academic or special library. Contact your local public library for information.
Online Resources - There are many databases and indexes available through the Indiana State Library that can assist you in your work or hobbies.
Subject Guides to Collections - Lists of books, manuscripts, and other materials available on particular topics related to Indiana, ranging from basketball to World War II.
Tours of the Indiana State Library - Arrange for a special tour for your organization, class, or group or attend a tour of the Indiana State Library.
Video Tutorials - Learn how to operate microfilmers and other research hardware and get tips to enhance your historical research.
Visiting the Indiana State Library - Find out what hours we are open, what days we are closed, where to park, and more.