Center for Black Literature and Culture at Central Library

40 E. St. Clair St., One Library Square
Indianapolis, IN 46206


Introducing a new and unique space for Indianapolis that celebrates the rich heritage of those with African roots.

Made possible by Lilly Endowment Inc. through a $1.3 million grant to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation, the 3,990-square-foot Center, located in Central Library’s R.B. Annis West Reading Room, is a focal point for exploring the black experience in Indianapolis and beyond. Interactive displays, engaging programming and a large collection of books and materials showcase those who have transformed the world through their courage, talents and activism. Visitors can learn about such Hoosier black heroes as writer Mari Evans, musicians Wes Montgomery and Kenneth “Baby Face” Edmonds, journalist Amos Brown, actress Vivica A. Fox and basketball star Oscar Robertson. New program and display themes are added regularly.

The Center also supports the work of the Library’s long-standing African American History Committee, which plans major cultural programming at the Library.

The space, conceived by the experiential design firm of RLR Associates Inc. of Indianapolis, creates a “third place” away from home or work to gather and explore ideas leading to a greater awareness of black culture and heritage. The CBLC’s design, construction, artworks and interpretative elements are available to the general public free of charge when visiting Central Library.