Indianapolis Public Library Central Branch

St. Joseph Neighborhood

Indianapolis Public Library Central Branch

Indianapolis, Indiana 46204, United States

Created By: Historic Urban Neighborhoods of Indianapolis


Original Structure

Year Built: 1917

Architecture Style: Greek Revival

Key Features:

  • Creek Colonade

The Central Library building was designed by architect Paul Philippe Cret. The Central Library Branch is part of the Indianapolis - Marion County Public Library system and is the largest branch. The library was founded in 1873 and has grown to include a Central Library building and 23 branch libraries spread throughout the county. The library attracts over four million visitors each year and circulates nearly 16 million items.


Year Built: 2007

Architecture Style: Contemporary

Key Features:

  • Glass Walls
  • Steel Frame
  • Curved Wall

In 2001 the Indianapolis-based architectural firm of Woollen, Molzan, and Partners was commissioned to renovate the historic building. The planned $100 million project also included replacing a five-story addition with a new, six-story curved-glass and steel facility and atrium that connected to the Cret building.

This point of interest is part of the tour: St. Joseph Neighborhood


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