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Indiana State Library

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Genealogy Division

Most of the printed materials in the Genealogy Division are available for browsing on the first floor. These materials are identified in the online catalog with the location Genealog; older materials may not be inventoried -- ask a librarian for assistance. Those materials not available for browsing may be requested at the Genealogy Division reference desk on the first floor; patrons must complete a green call slip with the title of the book, author, call number, patron's name, and number at the table where the patron is sitting. Staff will retrieve the item(s) for the patron and bring them to the patron's seat. No materials in the Genealogy Division may be checked out.

Government Publications and Documents

None of the federal documents in the collections are listed in the online catalog. As the Indiana State Library is a full federal documents depository, patrons can use the online Catalog of U.S. Government Publications to identify materials published since 1994 that should be in the State Library's collections. Ask a librarian for assistance with older materials.

Indiana state agency publications and documents are listed in the online catalog; the online State Documents Checklists can provide additional information.

Indiana Division

Less than five percent of the books in the Indiana Division are available for browsing on the second floor; all other printed materials, including books, pamphlets, periodicals, and maps, must be requested from the main reference desk on the second floor. These materials are identified in the online catalog with the location Indiana; older materials may not be inventoried -- ask a librarian for assistance. Patrons must complete a call slip for each item requested, providing the title of the item, the author, the call number, patron's name, and date of the request. Staff will retrieve the item(s) for the patron and bring them to the patron's seat. Some materials in the Indiana Division may be checked out; ask a librarian if the item you need can circulate.

Manuscripts Section, Indiana Division

Any requests for manuscripts, photographs, or broadsides must be made from the Manuscript Section Reading Room. Patrons must complete a yearly registration form and follow several rules of use of materials. Staff will retrieve the items for the patron, which must be used in the Reading Room. No materials from the Manuscript Section circulate.

Microforms Collections

The microfilm and microfiche collections of the Genealogy Division, Indiana Division, and Reference and Government Services Division are located on the second floor of the building. All materials are self-service; please follow the policy for use of microforms. Patrons who cannot locate what they need should ask the microforms staff on duty or inquire at the main reference desk on the second floor.

Reference and Government Services Division

The bulk of the books and printed materials held by the Indiana State Library are in the collections of the Reference and Government Services Division. These materials are identified in the online catalog with the location General; older materials may not be inventoried -- ask a librarian for assistance. Many of the books and periodicals in the general collections can be checked out. Those in the reference collection are identified as Refer; these materials do not circulate. Resources in the Literacy Collection are housed in closed stacks. In the online catalog, they are identified as Literacy. They do circulate; ask a librarian for assistance.

Special Services Division (Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped)

Three Reader Advisors help patrons select books and can search the collection by title, author, subject and media. The division also lends and repairs the necessary equipment for patrons to use the materials in the collection. All materials in the collection are listed in the separate online catalog ISL Blind & Physically Handicapped; patrons can also search the catalog of the National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped as well.

The services of the Special Services Division are free to qualified patrons, and are funded by federal and state funds. Patrons must meet eligibility requirements to use this service. For more information, call 317-232-3684 in Indianapolis, or 800-622-4970 within Indiana.

State Data Center

All materials in the State Data Center are listed in the online catalog. The location code is State Data Ctr. For assistance in locating materials, please see one of the librarians at the main reference desk on the second floor. Materials from the State Data Center do not circulate.