Collections & Services

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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.

Library Information

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. 

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