The Most Stunning Public Library in Indiana


Being an avid reader and lover of books, I love watching movies that are set in libraries. The list includes favorites such as The Breakfast Club, Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Shawshank Redemption, All The President's Men, Harry Potter, Se7en, Ghostbusters and one of TV's newest series The Librarians. With so many wonderful scenes filmed and/or set in a library setting, it's our pleasure to share with you some of the most beautiful libraries available for filming. To kick off the library film location series, this week we're featuring The Central Library in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Central Library - image via LocationsHub.com.

The Central Library - image via LocationsHub.com.

The Central Library is the hub of the Indianapolis's library system and provides services such as bookmobiles, school activities, and advanced technology to the entire county. Designed by Paul Cret and built in the Greek Doric style in 1917, The Central Library is one of the most stunning architectural library structures in the United States. Its exterior is made of Indiana limestone and Vermont marble while the interior uses Indiana limestone, walnut and white oak wood.

To add to the historic Cret building, in 2007 a new six-story glass and steel tower and a four-story Atrium complete the magnificent library we see today. The old and the new blend artfully, giving the public a spectacular home for the county's collections of books and a fabulous view of the Indianapolis skyline (from the sixth floor).  

The Central Library - image via LocationsHub.com.

The Central Library - image via LocationsHub.com.

The Central Library's Atrium - image via LocationsHub.com.

The Central Library's Atrium - image via LocationsHub.com.

Fabulous views of the Indianapolis skyline from the Central Library - image via LocationsHub.com.

Fabulous views of the Indianapolis skyline from the Central Library - image via LocationsHub.com.

Fabulous views of the Indianapolis skyline from the Central Library - image via LocationsHub.com.

Fabulous views of the Indianapolis skyline from the Central Library - image via LocationsHub.com.

With close to 300,000 square feet of space, the library boasts a 350-seat auditorium and three main reading rooms (the Simon Reading Room, the Annis West Reading Room, and the Sexton East Reading Room). It also houses three public meeting rooms (the Goodrich Houk Meeting Room with seating for 45, the Knall Meeting Room with seating for 60, and the Riley Meeting Room with seating for 100), a gorgeous Atrium with tall steel arches, a Cafe, computer lab, and much more. 

One of the reading rooms at the Central Library - image via LocationsHub.com.

One of the reading rooms at the Central Library - image via LocationsHub.com.

One of the reading rooms at the Central Library - image via LocationsHub.com.

One of the reading rooms at the Central Library - image via LocationsHub.com.

The Central Library - image via LocationsHub.com.

The Central Library - image via LocationsHub.com.

The Central Library - image via LocationsHub.com.

The Central Library - image via LocationsHub.com.

The Simon Reading Room, one of the most famous reading rooms of the Central Library proudly showcases a Pompeian style ceiling, featuring the history of the state of Indiana painted by C. C. Zantzinger. Two 30-foot bronze chandeliers complete the period look of the room.

The Simon Reading Room's ceiling - image from here.

The Simon Reading Room's ceiling - image from here.

The Simon Reading Room of the Central Library.

The Simon Reading Room of the Central Library.

Exterior of the Central Library - image via LocationsHub.com.

Exterior of the Central Library - image via LocationsHub.com.

View of Indianapolis skyline from the Central Library - image via LocationsHub.com.

View of Indianapolis skyline from the Central Library - image via LocationsHub.com.

The Central Library - image via LocationsHub.com.

The Central Library - image via LocationsHub.com.

With such gorgeous architectural details, it's a good thing for filmmakers worldwide that the Central Library is available for filming. If you're interested in shooting your next production at the library, visit its listing on LocationsHub.

For information on filming in Indiana, visit the Indiana Film Commission, a LocationsHub client.

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