The Indiana State Library has served the citizens of Indiana since 1825. The ISL is just a few steps away from the Indiana Statehouse and open to the public for a variety of needs including but not limited to; genealogy, Indiana history, preservation, rare books and manuscripts, reference and government services, Talking Books and Braille library, as well as the State Data Center. It also serves as a free facility for meetings and special events available to state agencies and the community (some fees apply to non-agency events).
Materials can be borrowed from the State Library through regular loan, short-term loan, and interlibrary loan. Materials are circulated through the Loan Desk to insure proper handling of returned, overdue or lost items. Pre-1975 materials and bound volumes of magazines (serials) are not loaned. View the State Library's borrowing policies for more information.
Genealogy & Family History
The State Library's Genealogy Division is one of the largest collections of family history information in the Midwest. Patrons can visit the Indiana State Library to research their ancestors, or they can write, call, or email their questions about the collections. Before sending a question, please check the FAQs. In addition groups can arrange for tours or visits to the Indiana State Library's Genealogy Division for more information call 317-232-3689.
Help with Homework or Research
Research and reference questions should be sent using the State Library's Ask-a-Librarian feature. You also have the option to chat with a librarian. Chat services are available Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and Thursdays 8:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m., as well as Saturdays from 10a.m.-3:30p.m. except on State holidays.