Historic yet modern. Unique and memorable. Welcome to the Central Library, a setting as unforgettable as your wedding itself. The original Central Library building was completed in 1917. Whether you are planning a wedding for 40 or 400 guests, a recent expansion and renovation created several unique spaces for your once-in-a-lifetime event.Complimentary parking for your guests in the underground garage is included with every wedding, as well as bridal suites that are perfect for relaxing with your bridal party before exchanging your vows or a night of dancing. The quintessential landmark building, located in the heart of Indianapolis, proudly encourages the use of its most beautiful spaces, both indoor and outdoor, for memorable weddings and receptions.

Wedding Spaces


Simon Reading Room

Arguably the city’s most magnificent entrance room, the Simon Reading Room is an ideal wedding and event venue. Flanked by two marble staircases and rich Indiana white oak paneled walls, the room was originally unveiled in 1917 as one of the city’s finest examples of classical architecture.
*This space is a public space and can only be rented outside of public hours

Room Rental: $1,800 ($300/hr after 4 hours)

Capacity: 2,827 square feet, 250 theater-style guests, 125 banquet, 350 standing

East Garden

The East Garden’s oval lawn is surrounded by lush trees and flowers, making it perfect for intimate parties and receptions.
*This space is a semi private space, inquire about reserving during public hours

Room Rental: $1,400 ($250/hr after 4 hours)

Capacity: 4,500 square feet, 250 theater-style guests, 250 banquet, 350 standing


The glass-encased Atrium is the hub of the Central Library complex. It has breathtaking views that are perfect for your reception.
*This space is a private space and can only be rented outside of public hours

Room Rental: $3,650 ($625/hr after 4 hours)

Capacity: 13,194 square feet, 500 theater-style guests, 450 banquet, 700 standing

East Reading Room

A limestone staircase leads into this elegant room perfect for small, intimate events. A focal fireplace, chandeliers, rich oak walls and large windows add to the ambiance of your occasion.
*This space is a semi private space, inquire about reserving during public hours

Room Rental: $1,400 ($200/hr after 4 hours)

Capacity: 3,796 square feet, 50 theater-style guests

What’s Included:

• Parking in our underground garage
for up to 300 cars
• Mahogany wood dance floor – up to 20’x20’
**(excludes garden rentals)
• Up to 220 chairs for ceremony bookings
• Restroom attendants throughout the event
• Bride and Groom suites

Wedding FAQs:

• What is the earliest start time I can have my wedding? Because we are open to the public until 5pm Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, our earliest start time available is 6pm. 

• Do you allow outside catering? We work with Ritz Charles as our exclusive caterer. No outside food or beverage may be brought in. 

• Does the library allow alcohol? Yes. All alcohol must be supplied by our exclusive caterer.

• Are tables and chairs included in the room rental? We provide up to 220 ceremony chairs at no cost. Catering will provide all tables, chairs and linens for receptions.

• Can you host just ceremonies? Yes, you can host your ceremony here without hosting your reception here. 

• Can I have my ceremony and reception both in one space? Absolutely! We will be happy to show you all of your options during a site tour.  

• Can I put a date on hold? You can put a date on hold for 7 days at no charge. After the 7 days if you choose to move forward, 50% of the room rental plus taxes will be due with contract.

• Do you offer a discount for Friday or Sunday weddings? We offer 10% off of room rental when booking a Friday or Sunday wedding.

• Will my wedding be the only event that night? Yes, we only host one wedding here per night which allows flexibility on space options.

• Do you have audio visual equipment available to rent? No, the client is responsible to rent any A/V equipment from an outside vendor. We can send you a suggested vendor list upon booking our venue. 

• Can I bring in my own wedding cake? Yes, it must come from a licensed baker. 

For more information or to check our availability, please contact us at 317-275-4200 or