Indiana State Library Tour Video

Welcome to the Indiana State Library, one of Indiana’s best kept secrets. The library, one of the oldest state agencies, has been in existence since 1825. The state library was originally part of the Indiana Statehouse. But this beautiful art deco building where it is located now, was built in 1934. The outside of the building is Indiana limestone, and inside, you will also see marble, bronze, Indiana sandstone and Indiana walnut. As you enter the building from the original entrance, and walk up the “steps of knowledge” to the Great Hall, you will be in awe of the beautiful stained glass windows, vaulted ceilings, gorgeous ornate lighting, and large oil-on-canvas murals. For Indiana’s Bicentennial in 2016, the library added two new spaces dedicated to the education of Indiana youth. The Indiana Young Readers Center and Indiana Statehouse Education Center, offer dynamic and participatory exhibits for school groups, families, and the general public. The library is open to all residents of Indiana and the vast collection is rich with items regarding Indiana history , genealogy, reference and government data, and Talking Books and braille services. Treasures in the collection include, Civil War diaries, letters from famous Hoosiers, maps, and newspapers from all 92 counties. Portions of the amazing collection can be checked out and taken home, but the items that do not circulate are available to copy or for in-house viewing. The library also serves as a beautiful facility for meetings and special events available to state agencies and the nonprofit community. For more information about the Indiana State Library, to contact us for research assistance, or to schedule a tour, please visit LIBRARY.IN.GOV or call area code 317 232 3675.

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