The Indiana Room is home to EVPL's special collection of material focusing on local and regional history. Customers researching local history may visit the Indiana Room during scheduled hours or by appointment.
The room is open to the public every Tuesday, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Thursday, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Appointments to use the Indiana Room should be made at least 24 hours in advance and will be confirmed by a Reference Services staff person; use of the room during unscheduled time is dependent upon staff availability. Customers may request an appointment online, call (812) 428-8218, or request in person at the Information Desk on the 2nd Floor at Central Library.
The Indiana Room houses books, atlases, magazines, maps, and newspaper clippings (1920-1972), photographs, pamphlets and brochures about Evansville, Vanderburgh County, the Southwestern region of Indiana, and the state of Indiana. The library's collection of city directories, telephone books, cross-reference directories, and school yearbooks are all maintained in the Indiana Collection.
Indiana Room materials do not circulate, with the exception of audio-visual materials. Many items are fragile and must be handled with care. Materials may not be marked in any way, nor may pages of books be dog-eared or paper-clipped. Photocopying of Indiana Room material is allowed only by permission.
Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library also maintains the Tri-State Collection from the Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive. This is a collection of 115 oral histories of Holocaust witnesses and survivors from Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.
We also offer many online resources: the EVPL Digital Archive, Browning Genealogy Database (early 1900 to date), Local History Database, NewsBank Full Text and Evansville Historical Newspapers (available through the library's website) and the region's Millennial Plan.