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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.

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 & Public 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.

Policies of the Indiana State Library

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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