Indianapolis Public Library

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.

The original 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

Atrium

500 sit-down; 700 stand up reception

East Garden

250 sit down; 120 stand up reception

Special Collections Room

90 sit down; 120 stand up reception

Simon Reading Room

250 sit down; 200 stand up reception

West Reading Rooms

250 sit down; 100 stand up reception

Location

40 East St. Clair Street
Indianapolis, IN

Indianapolis Public Library

40 East St. Clair Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204