To serve citizens of Indiana through the support, enhancement and promotion of activities of the Indiana State Library, their programs and collections and to aid in development of library related programs benefiting libraries throughout the state and the library profession.


Governor Mitch Daniels signed Senate Bill 485 into law in the spring of 2011, which authorized the Indiana Library & Historical Board (ILHB) to establish a nonprofit foundation to solicit and accept tax-deductible contributions. The foundation will raise funds to support the Indiana State Library and statewide library services that benefit the Indiana library community.

In addition to providing the Foundation with fundraising capabilities, the bill allows current funds to be transferred from state accounts to the foundation. The bill also requires the Foundation to be governed by a board of directors and undergo an annual audit by the State Board of Accounts. The bill authored by Senator Beverly Gard (R-Greenfield) went into effect July 1, 2011.

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