Indianapolis Public Library - Central Library

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



Open Mon.-Wed., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Thurs.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 12-5 p.m.

The Central Library is the hub of the Library system and a significant asset to the city. The original building was designed in 1917 by Paul Cret. Built in the Greek Doric style, it was considered one of the most outstanding architectural library structures in the United States. Fittingly, its exterior is of Indiana limestone build on a base of Vermont marble, with carved stone cornices adding to its beauty. Following a recent expansion, a glass and steel Atrium serves as the connector between the original building and the new six-story glass and steel addition which embraces the historic building and reflects its beauty in its many windows.

The facility is available for rental with a variety of room types and sizes. Eurest Dining - Compass Group is the exclusive catering vendor.

The regal Simon Reading Room is arguably the city's most monumental entrance room with breathtaking views of the 10,000-square-foot atrium.

The West Reading Room is elegant and perfect for intimate events. Its fireplace adds to the ambiance of any occasion.

The East Garden is beautiful spot for outdoor events, such as weddings.

Designed as an acoustically-correct multi-purpose facility, the Clowes Auditorium (capacity 329) is ideal for many special events from corporate conferences, annual meetings and lectures, to symphonic music and theatrical presentations. The auditorium also includes space for ten wheelchairs with ten companion seats. There are also 15 headsets for the hearing impaired off one transmitter.

Hosting an event on the 6th floor treats you and 250 guests to exclusive views of the city with floor to ceiling glass walls.

In addition, there are three meeting rooms, accommodating 45-100, available for rental.


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