Gifts and Donation
Through gifts and donation, the Foundation has been able to provide funding for such things as a Genealogy Fair, the digitization of materials of collections and the acquisition of books, manuscripts and databases to assist Indiana residents with finding out their roots and family history.
The Genealogy Collection has developed over time to become one of the largest collections of family history information in the Midwest. The collection includes more than 40,000 print items (family histories, indexes to records, how-to-books, cemetery transcriptions, family history magazines, and more), as well as military pension information. The emphasis of the collection is on Indiana and bordering states, as well as eastern and southern states. Patrons can schedule Third Saturday One-on-One History Consultations. Groups can arrange for tours or visits to the Indiana State Library's Genealogy Collection, as well. On Wednesday afternoons, volunteers from the Caroline Scott Harrison Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution are available to assist patrons who are researching their lineage.
Donations have assisted in the purchase of materials and equipment vital to the continuing preservation of invaluable books, maps, and reference material and making accessible the history of Indiana to all Indiana residents.
THE INDIANA TALKING BOOK & BRAILLE LIBRARY
The Indiana Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL) provides free library service to residents of Indiana who cannot use standard printed materials due to a visual or physical disability.
Patrons may borrow braille books, digital audio books, large print books, audio magazines, and special playback equipment from the library; materials will be mailed directly to patrons homes using “free matter for the blind”. Braille and audio books are also available to download from BARD.
317-232-3684 Local Telephone
1-800-622-4970 Toll-Free Telephone
Indiana Talking Book & Braille Library
140 N. Senate Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
The Indiana Talking Book & Braille Library is open
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Support the Indiana Talking Book & Braille Library with your gift of any amount through the Indiana State Library Foundation.
To Donate, go to: www.indianastatelibraryfdn.org
The Rare Books & Manuscripts division
The Rare Books & Manuscripts division at the Indiana State Library is dedicated to preserving and making accessible the history of Indiana with collections ranging from the early 15th century to present day.
Visit the Indiana State Library and explore the collection of Civil War-era letters and diaries, Political figures from the Hoosier state, Indiana business and industry records, and so much more.
Your support of the Indiana State Library Foundation will help ensure the preservation and acquisition of the Rare Books & Manuscripts division.
Send your donation to: Indiana State Library Foundation, 140 N. Senate Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46204.
Young Readers Center
In coinciding with Indiana’ Bicentennial celebration in 2016, the State Library is opening a Young Readers Center, the first of its kind in a state library in the country. With funding from the Indiana State Library Foundation and others, the Young Readers Center has designated space specifically for students to explore Indiana, to read the works of Indiana children authors and illustrators, and experience hands-on interactive exhibits.