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Upcoming Events: All events and workshops listed below occur at the Indiana State Library (unless listed otherwise). All events and workshops are free and open to the public.

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Current Exhibit

From the Cradle
Early examples of the book from the collections of the Indiana State Library

The exhibit is open to the public from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Monday through Friday in the Indiana State Library’s Exhibit Hall. Click here to learn more about this unique exhibit, including a complete exhibit narrative, online resources and collection holdings.

Indiana Maps & Facts: April 28

This events shows students how geography impacts their daily lives. Kathy Kozenski, Executive Director of the Geography Educators’ Network of Indiana and ISL staff will lead students in a fun GIS activity. Students will trace the path of tornados from recent storms and pinpoint touchdowns on the giant floor map. Students will also be given hands-on tours of the Indiana Statehouse and the Indiana Supreme Court...learn more.

Genealogy for Night Owls: April 30

Beginning your genealogical research can seem like a daunting task, which is why the Indiana State Library is hosting a unique event to help Hoosiers discover their family history. Genealogy for Night Owls is a chance to get one-on-one assistance from State Library subject experts. The event will include opportunities for extra research time, library orientation and collection tours, Ask-An-Expert sessions, and more!

Registration is required by April 25 for this unique and free event at the Indiana State Library. Click here for parking and destination information.

Tours for Family Historians

Free orientation tour enable researchers to learn where the genealogical tools they need are located. Learn what resources the Indiana State Library holds for genealogists, and where to find them in the building.

This tour will show you where to find family histories, city directories, county records, census microfilm, Indiana newspapers, genealogy periodicals, manuscripts, and more. Learn where the pamphlets are located, which computers can be used with the extensive CD collection, and where various indexes can be found. The tour includes all public areas on the first and second floors of the Indiana State Library and Historical Building.

This is NOT a how-to-research session. Instead, this is your opportunity to have an in-depth tour of the facility's genealogical holdings.

All tours begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 11 a.m. Each tour will last approximately one and one-half hours, and is limited to 15 attendees. Pre-registration is required. To register, please call the library at 317-232-3675. Upcoming Family History Orientation Tours:

Learn where different family history resources are located on the first and second floors of the Indiana State Library. This is a free orientation tour, geared toward genealogists. Pre-registration is required; please call 317-232-3689. All tours take place from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM (Eastern).

Upcoming Family History Orientation Tours:

Thursday, April 24, 2014
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Tuesday, November 6, 2014
Thursday, November 18, 2014
Tuesday, December 4, 2014
Thursday, December 16, 2014

Indiana State Library Speaker's Bureau

Looking for fun, historical and educational programming for your next group gathering or event? The State Library provides local programs on dozens of Indiana history, genealogy, preservation and literary-related topics. Contact Ron Sharp at 317-232-3727 or rsharp@library.in.gov to learn more about how we can enhance your next event.

Public Notice: The State Library will make all reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy State Library programs, services, and activities.