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Patrons are encouraged to use our online services such as Ask-A-LibrarianINSPIRE and the Digital Collections.  To request online assistance, email isl@askisl.libanswers.com, call (317) 232-3675, or chat with a librarian by clicking on the “Ask-a-Librarian” tab on the side of this page.

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Construction of a new Indiana State Archives building on Ohio Street across from the State Library will begin in August 2023.  Construction will last approximately 2.5 years and will affect street parking.  During this time, please park in the Senate Avenue parking garage directly across from the library and bring your ticket in for validation.



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Inaugural Lunch and Learn program from State Library scheduled for March 14, February 9, 2024
The Indiana State Library has announced the launch of a new program series called the Lunch and Learn Series. The series will run throughout 2024, with six programs already planned.

The inaugural program, “Fire Insurance Maps Online,” will take place on March 14 from 12-1 p.m. in the History Reference Room at the Indiana State Library.
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Indiana Digital Library users borrow 6.6 million digital books in 2023, February 8, 2024
The Indiana Digital Library has announced that its patrons reached a new milestone: 6.6 million digital books borrowed in 2023. This achievement illustrates the library’s commitment to serving all members of the community in innovative ways, including with a large catalog of e-books, audiobooks and other digital media. Indiana Digital Library is ranked fifth of all public library e-book consortia and one of 152 total public library systems worldwide that surpassed one million checkouts last calendar year. View a complete list here.
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From the Statehouse to a building of its own - January 26, 2024
The bicentennial of the 1825 legislation, “An Act to establish a State Library,” that created the Indiana State Library will be observed in 2025. Since its beginnings as the office library of the Secretary of State to being housed in rooms within successive statehouses to moving to a temporary location during Statehouse construction to finally becoming its own standalone edifice, the State Library has continued collecting materials, providing information services, adapting to technology and supporting library services for Hoosiers. Prior to the state’s 2016 bicentennial year, I took a brief research dive into “The Hidden History of the Indiana State Library” to find out more about the library’s temporary quarters while Indiana’s statehouse was under construction from 1878 until 1888. Since that dive, more online resources to browse have become available.
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Summer reading 2024 resources, January 18, 2024
The year has just begun, but library staff are already looking toward summer reading 2024. The Collaborative Summer Library Program theme this year is “Adventure Begins at Your Library,” and libraries are excited to plan adventures of all types for their communities. I’ve put together several resources to help with public library staff’s summer planning.

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Virtual field trip now available, September 26, 2022
The Indiana State Library serves all of Indiana, including its farthest flung counties. For many counties, bringing a busload of students to visit us here at the State Library is just not feasible. Luckily, we’ve designed a virtual field trip for teachers to explore with their students at their own pace. Designed in Google Docs, the virtual field trip includes Indiana Trivia, a virtual tour with videos of several of the library’s spaces, a deep dive into the Indiana Young Readers Center and much more!

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