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The Indiana State Library was established in 1825 to provide library services to Indiana's state governmental officials and employees. Since that time, the responsibilities of the State Library have expanded to provide services to all citizens of Indiana. Just as the Library of Congress serves as the historical repository for our nation, the State Library is responsible for collecting and preserving all types of information and data about the state of Indiana.

Everyone is welcome to visit the State Library! Our professional staff is available to assist with research questions, offer expertise on a variety of subject matters including genealogy, and provide general guidance and information about materials in the Library's collections.

Contact Us

Indiana State Library
140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2296

Phone Numbers:
General Inquiries: (317) 232-3675 or toll free (866) 683-0008
Genealogy Collection: (317) 232-3689
Indiana Collection: (317) 232-3670
Manuscripts & Rare Books Collection Section: (317) 232-3671
Reference & Government Services: (317) 232-3678
State Data Center: (317) 232-3733
Library Development Office: (317) 232-3697 or (800) 451-6028 (in Indiana only)
Professional Development Office: (317) 234-5650
Talking Book and Braille Library: (317) 232-3684 or (800) 622-4970 (in Indiana only)

The Indiana State Library is open:

M, Tu, W & F:          8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Th:                            8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.*
Sat:                           8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

* Please note, the Manuscripts and Rare Books Collection is open Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The State Library will close at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 13th (join the State Library @ the State Fair for Hoosier Heritage Day!) and Thursday, December 31st (New Year's Eve).

The Indiana State Library is closed on Sundays, as well as for all state and federal holidays.

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Any citizen of the State of Indiana is eligible to obtain a State Library card. When a patron requests the issuance of a card, they will be required to complete the information on the Indiana State Library Card Registration Form, state form 44689(R3-00), and provide a picture ID. This ID may be a drivers license, a picture ID issued by the State of Indiana, other employment ID with a current address, or any other picture ID of this type.

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