Indianapolis Public Library - Central Library

Indianapolis Public Library - Central Library

Indianapolis Public Library - Central Library
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Central Library claims a distinct architectural history with its historic 1917 limestone Cret Building constructed in classic Greek Doric style. In 2007, the building was merged with a glass and steel-framed tower where traditional materials share a place with electronic resources. Central Library preserves the best of the past and while showcasing 21st century services that benefit all ages.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Aviron
New York City, NY221 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Make sure you take the elevator to the top floor and find a front row sear for a beautiful view of downtown Indianapolis.
Written February 14, 2023
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John L
New York City, NY263 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Very quiet for the most part. If you really need solitude, reserve one of the small rooms on the 2nd sloor.
Written September 14, 2022
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wireless_in_CA
United States4,984 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Friends
Unfortunately it was too early to go inside when I walked by so instead I enjoyed the outside art and Greek style architecture. Towering behind the Central Library was the newest addition all in glass.

On each side of the entrance was the thinmanlittlebird sculptures in two parts. The thin man to the left towered above the library. The little bird, perched on a black donut like sculpture was so small in contrast. Read the plaques to get more understanding of the intent. Overall It was a nice way to add modern touches to the building.

The final piece of external art was the biblio-bison which recognized many of the famous Hoosier authors and their books.

Very enjoyable and would like to come back again to explore the inside.
Written September 4, 2021
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lemonshakeup
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Hard to be quiet in such a awesome library. Every corner you turn you are learning something new. Not just books, and magazines; art work. meeting rooms, cafes. You could spend all day letting your brain grow. The building itself is wonderful. Check out a book and relax on the lawn for book worm junkies who just can never learn enough. Great staff, good parking
Written August 15, 2020
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ChefPhD1997
Fishers, IN7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
As a new arrival in Indianapolis, it was a great experience to visit the library. I love the variety and diversity of everything they have to offer. the staff was friendly and very helpful. The history on display is impeccable. I will return as often as I can. The atmosphere allows one to feel welcome and satisfied.
Written February 2, 2020
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Gary M
Fairmont, WV261 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Easy parking. Walked right into the main area. Very nice layout.
We walk around to look at their displays on main level. We spend about 20 minutes.
Written January 24, 2020
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Sperkar
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
A beautiful interior with such a variety of rooms and spaces. An extensive collection, rooms to reserve, and a convenient coffee shop with many tasty options.
Written December 5, 2019
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Happifeet2
Baltimore, MD52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Business
The central library is a gorgeous building! The blend of new and old is perfect. Outdoor gardens and places to take a stroll are wonderful. The staff is outstanding as well. Every single person I encountered was helpful and friendly.
Written October 5, 2019
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BorneAppetit
Indianapolis, IN177 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
It's gigantic. You are sure to find whatever resource you need at the Central Library. I visit about once per month.
Written September 6, 2019
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Joe
Indianapolis, IN20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Business
Since relocating here, I decided to check out my favorite type of place: a library. This one seems to have been fairly recently constructed. I wasn't sure about parking, but it turns out to be pretty close and easy. The library itself is staffed by very friendly, helpful folks. I just wanted to poke around and see what they had. I ended up talking to a librarian for 20 min. about all the stuff (so much electronic stuff!) and got signed up.
Written August 4, 2019
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