Indianapolis Central Library

Historic and contemporary, with magnificent marble staircases and spectacular views of the Indianapolis skyline, this venue has several different spaces both intimate and expansive.

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

Atrium

The Atrium is the heart of the library. Soaring ceilings and glass walls give the effect of dancing under the stars while enjoying all of the amenities of an indoor venue.

450 sit-down; 1,000 stand up reception

East Garden

This cozy, outdoor space is tucked away alongside the central Atrium. The East Garden includes an oval lawn with walking paths and a large patio, creating the perfect setting for a garden party, cocktail hour or wedding ceremony.

250 sit down; 350 stand up reception

Special Collections Room

Modern artwork and classical bookshelves come together in this space, creating an intimate atmosphere with spectacular views of the Indianapolis skyline.

60 sit down; 120 stand up reception

Simon Reading Room

The Simon Reading Room is part of the original 1917 library and is one of the most historic spaces in Indianapolis.  This room with its balcony, classical Indiana limestone and  beautiful  gilded ceiling is well suited for galas, wedding ceremonies and receptions or for a cocktail hour prior to your main event.

128 sit down; 350 stand up reception

West Reading Rooms

Also part of the original 1917 library, dark oak paneling, chandeliers and a grand fireplace offer a slightly cozier alternative to the Simon Reading Room. Located just off of the Simon Reading Room, the two spaces are connected by a grand marble staircase and can be easily combined for your event.

70 sit down; 180 stand up reception

Location

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.

Contact

Representatives from the Library can assist you with scheduling a tour and checking availability.  Once booked with the Library, one of our Event Specialists will begin working with you in designing your dream event!

For corporate events

Emily Cordes, Events Manager
Central Library, Indianapolis Library
O: 317-275-4200 | D: 317-275-4203
ecordes@indypl.org

For weddings

Janelle Georgel, Venue Coordinator
Central Library, Indianapolis Public Library
O: 317-275-4200 | D: 317-275-4204
jgeorge@indypl.org

Indianapolis Central Library

40 East St. Clair Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204