The Shared System, a service of The Indianapolis Public Library (IndyPL), helps schools meet students’ and teachers’ demand for current, high-quality fiction and informational texts. Thanks to a common catalog and a book delivery service, the 46 school libraries in the Shared System function much like IndyPL’s branches. Teachers and students borrow materials from the public library, public library patrons request materials from schools and schools borrow materials from each other. In a time when library resources are limited and public entities are encouraged to realize efficiencies through collaboration, IndyPL recognizes is important role in supporting school libraries.
In addition, the Public Library serves as a vital access point to resources available for reference at three Indianapolis museums, and to a special collection of materials available on site or by request from the BJE Maurer Jewish Community Library.
Who is in the Shared System?
30 Elementary Schools
3 Middle Schools
12 High Schools
2 K-12 Schools
2 Art Museums and 1 Historical Museum
1 Special Library
and 24 IndyPL branch location and its Central Library.