Barn at Bay Horse Inn

The original Indianapolis Central Library building, located on St. Clair Street in downtown Indianapolis, was completed in October of 1917. Designed by Paul Cret and built in the Greek Doric style, it is considered one of the most outstanding architectural library structures in the United States. Fittingly, its exterior is of Indiana limestone built on a base of Vermont marble, with carved stone cornices adding to its classic beauty.  The library has gone through a major expansion and blends contemporary design in the soaring Atrium with traditional architecture in the Simon Reading Room.

Today, the Central Library is a valuable part of the Indianapolis community and houses multiple unique spaces for special events.

Seating Capacities/Types

the event barn

Round tables and chairs are available for 350, plus six custom farm tables. Heating, air conditioning and indoor bathrooms are all included for your guests’ comfort year round.

350 sit-down; 800 stand up reception

the saloon

This intimate space is tucked away alongside the central event space, creating the perfect setting for a cocktail hour, rehearsal dinner, anniversary .

60 sit down; 125 stand up reception


40 East Saint Clair Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

This downtown venue is minutes from Monument Circle, several hotels, restaurants and shopping.  Free parking in the adjacent parking garage is available for you and your guests.