Indiana Library Passport 2023
Expiration: 2 years after purchase
With 236 library districts - and more than 400 individual library buildings - Indiana provides all Hoosiers with a path to knowledge. From outdoor library gardens to gem collections to the Rolland Center for Lincoln Research, Indiana libraries showcase many unique learning opportunities. This passport features 160 main libraries and branches to explore. With over 100 Carnegie libraries, Indiana has more than any other state. When participants check in to these libraries, they will be entered into a quarterly drawing for the chance to win a prize package, including, but not limited to, tickets to historical tours, sites, museums and theaters; architecture books; gift cards from local and national merchants; and confections. Beginning in 2023, participants will also have the opportunity to trade in earned check-in points for a limited edition Indiana Library Passport mug. This program is 100% free, however a gate fee will apply in order to visit the library at the Museum of 20th Century Warfare in Fort Harrison State Park in Marion County. All prizes are while supplies last.
This passport is valid for 24 months after sign up or until the Indiana State Library terminates the passport.
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Anderson Public Library (APL) has been improving the quality of life for the communities of Anderson and Lapel for more than 100 years. Our Mission: Anderson Public Library informs, connects, engages, and empowers. Our Vision: Anderson Public Library is a thriving, diverse, trusted, organization at the center of our community.
about each other, our patrons, and the work we do.
The Hamilton East Public Library is here to serve our community. We believe that a public library should be:
- a dynamic contributor to the Fishers/Noblesville community.
- a liaison between its members and the world’s knowledge.
- a variety of evolving technology platforms capable of delivering IDEAS onsite, online, and on demand.
- a team passionate about preserving the integrity of knowledge.
We want our community to feel connected and informed, and our friendly staff will be able to support you in whatever information you may be pursuing. We are ready to help you unlock a world of ideas.
The library features a reading lounge, adult, teen, and children’s program rooms and collection spaces, a mix of small and large study rooms, four community rooms, and a makerspace where individuals can work on projects as well as share ideas. On the second level, there is a large outdoor mezzanine along with the library’s genealogy and local history collections. A two-story atrium serves as a shared space for the Library and the Jasper Community Arts, whose portion of the building which houses three separate art galleries, a black box theater, and workshops for pottery and painting studios.
The outside of the Thyen-Clark Culture Center features a permanent story walk that wraps around the outside of the building as well as two crosswalk murals by local author, Jason Martin, and bronze, literary-themed statue by sculptor, Phillip Payne, of New Mexico. The Jasper River Walk, City Mill, Train Depot, City Square, as well as the historic Schaefer Barn and Alexander School House are within walking distance of the new building.
The Hobart Branch has many amenities for the community. The library has a private small group room, and a public meeting room that can accommodate up to 100 people. Every month we hold many preschool, toddler, infant, and family and adult classes and events. From computer classes, to arts and crafts, to teen gaming, we've got something for everyone, no matter your age!
Merrillville branch has three fantastic floors of informational and recreational materials. The main floor contains our popular collection of new books, large-print material, magazines and newspapers, teen materials, anime, and an enormous selection of music and DVDs. Our Genealogy Room has numerous resources including microfilm of local newspapers, obituary indexes, and many other historical resources. Our Book Sale room, open during select hours Monday-Saturday, is full of unique finds.
The Upper Level includes tables for quiet study, a tremendous reference collection, our “Indiana Room” for specialized Hoosier historical research, and our locally known statue “The Reader” by artist Hermann Gurfinkel.
The entire lower level houses our bright and airy Children's Department where children will find fun games, books, music and magazines to fulfill their reading pleasure as well as attend engaging kids’ programs. This is also where our public meeting rooms are located, where our library events and programs are held.
Our library contains library materials for adults, teens and children along with ample seating, a meeting room, program room, WiFi access, public computers and small group rooms. We also provide a variety of programs for people of all ages in-house and at Munster schools. We take pride in our community by featuring and co-hosting programs with local non-profit organizations.
Come visit us soon and let us know how we can be part of your life!
The Shiojiri Room recognizes the sister city relationship between the cities of Mishawaka and Shiojiri, a city located in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. The relationship was established in 1972. The room tells the story of the 50 year plus relationship through artifacts, a brochure and a special video.
The Heritage Room is rich in Mishawaka history. In 1914 the room was a freestanding building and housed the United States Post Office of Mishawaka. In 1974, the building became the Mishawaka Police Department and in 1998 it became part of the Mishawaka Library. During 2021 renovations the area was renamed the Heritage Room and the space is now designated as the official Quiet Zone at the Library. Five hand-crafted enclosed exhibit cases are on display that contain artifacts highlighting five Mishawaka businesses that have helped shape the Princess City.
Each family in the community was assessed $1 per year until 1946, when the Library was approved as a free township Library by the State of Indiana. In 1947 the Library was moved into Lloyd Arbuckle’s building, and a lovely wooden book sign was made. That sign is located in the present Lake Township Room at Lake Village Memorial Township Library.
Lake Village Memorial Township Library offers an expanded space for its collection, and boasts private study rooms, a community room capable of seating 55, display cases, and children’s programming space. The Lake Township Room has many local history resources, including past editions of “The Villager” newspaper, information about Jennie Conrad, and local native artifact information. The Kocoshis family donated an engraved black marble stone that graced the front of the original Library, to the right of the entrance. That stone was moved to the lobby of the Lake Village Memorial Township Library when the new facility was built in 2005.
The library's Morristown Branch is located in what used to be a bank on Main Street (...kids love seeing inside the old bank vault!). Whether you are looking for a book, movie, or music, this branch can help you. Check out an item directly at this location or request material from any library in the Evergreen System and have it delivered to the Branch.
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