The Public Library collection is good and the equipment and facilities are way better. Parking is much better, for a start: At the Main Library you can park in a weather and security protected garage with an elevator directly to the microfilm floor for $3.00 for 4 hours; at the State Library 4 hours of streetside parking exposed to the weather and other hazards will run you $6.00.
|Six film projectors attached to computers|
|Save your images for FREE to your flash drive!|
|Extensive newspaper microfilm collection|
Print 50 images at the State Library for $12.50, or save 50 here for free.
When is the Indiana State Library going to get some modern equipment like this?
The IMCPL microfilm cabinets contain much more than just the Indianapolis newspaper film.
Plus, you can access the Indianapolis STAR at the library digitally and search the entire run of issues at one time. [See Post #26]
The Main Library even has a snack bar where you can get food and coffee--and you can take it right to your computer station and consume it while you work. Now, how's that for a civilized approach?
I am distressed to say that ICPR and the Indiana State Library are just not keeping up with modern research standards--especially for Indy research. How can other public entities, such as IMCPL and IUPUI, properly fund their requirements and the Indiana Commission on Public Records cannot fund theirs? It's a mystery.