Can I borrow genealogy books and other resources from the Indiana State Library?


Resources in the Genealogy Division may not be checked out for use at home.  However, some books may be available for interlibrary loan, provided the items meet the following requirements:

-          The item must be published after 1950.

-          The Genealogy Division must have at least two copies of the item, and both copies must be in good condition.

-          The borrowing library must be located in Indiana and must participate in InfoExpress.

-          The final decision regarding the interlibrary loan eligibility of an item is up to Genealogy Division staff.

Items that are eligible for interlibrary loan will not be loaned to individuals, but to libraries for in-library use only.  You will need to contact your local public library to submit the loan request for you.  Please visit our interlibrary loan page for more information.

If an item cannot be loaned, we may be able to photocopy an excerpt from the book.  Please submit your copy request via our Ask a Librarian service.  Due to copyright restrictions, we cannot copy more than 25% of any item that is still in copyright.  Due to staff and time constraints, we cannot copy more than 50 pages from any item.  Please see our Service Fees and Fines page for details on our photocopy polices.  Copies may be provided electronically or by mail.

Genealogy non-print materials, such as microfilm, are not available for interlibrary loan.  However, much of the Genealogy Division microfilm collection has been digitized by FamilySearch.  Some items are available for you to view at home while others will require you to visit your local Family History Center or FamilySearch Affiliate Library.


  • Last Updated Sep 24, 2021
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  • Answered By Stephanie Asberry

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