Sharing books. Empowering Indy.

Introducing the public collection:

The Public Collection is a new public art and literacy project consisting of artist-designed book share stations in Indianapolis.

HOW

Each Public Collection book station is open to everyone, for free. Enjoy a book while visiting, borrow a book, or pass it along to a friend. Books can be returned to any of the Public Collection locations at your convenience.

WHY

The Public Collection increases access to books through the use of functional pieces in community spaces. Our goals are to improve literacy, foster a deeper appreciation of the arts (and artists), and raise awareness for educational equality in the community.

IN THE NEWS

May 20th, 2016: The Public Collection featured in CODAworx. Read more.

May 19th, 2016: The Public Collection featured in Connessioni Letterarie. Read more.

December 4th, 2015: The Public Collection featured in Indianapolis Recorder. Read more.

November 30th, 2015: News Release. Read more.

November 11th, 2015: The Public Collection featured on Mental_Floss. Read more.

November 10th, 2015: The Public Collection featured on CityLab. Read more.

November 9th, 2015: The Public Collection featured in the Westside Flyer. Read more.

November 6th, 2015: The Public Collection featured on Inhabitat. Read more.

November 4th, 2015: The Public Collection featured in Travel+Leisure. Read more.

October 25th, 2015: The Public Collection featured on TakePart. Read more.

October 21st, 2015: The Public Collection featured on Herron School of Art + Design blog. Read more.

October 20th, 2015: The Public Collection featured on DO blog. Read more.

October 20th, 2015: The Public Collection featured on Creative Safari. Read more.

October 12th, 2015: The Public Collection featured on Good. Read more.

October 1st, 2015: News Release. Read more.

September 10th, 2015: The Public Collection featured in Sky Blue Window. Read more.

September 9th, 2015: The Public Collection featured in Architect’s Newspaper. Read more.

September 8th, 2015: The Public Collection featured in Nuvo. Read more.

August 28th, 2015: The Public Collection featured in The Washington Times. Read more.

August 28th, 2015: The Public Collection featured in IndyStar. Read more.

August 28th, 2015: The Public Collection featured on WFYI.org. Read more.

August 28th, 2015: The Public Collection featured on WTHR. Watch now.

August 27th, 2015: The Public Collection featured on Fox59. Watch now

August 27th, 2015: The Public Collection featured on CBS4. Read more.

August 25th, 2015: The Public Collection featured on RTV6. Watch now.

August 13th, 2015: Launch Event & Media Tour Invitation. Read more.

August 5th, 2015: The Public Collection featured on Between the Lines. Watch now.

July 24th, 2015: The Public Collection featured on SeattlePI.com. Read more.

July 22nd, 2015: The Public Collection featured on HyperAllergic. Read more.

July 20th, 2015: New Release. Read more.

July 10th, 2015: The Public Collection featured in IndyStar. Read more.

June 11th, 2015: News Release. Read more.

April 7th, 2015: The Public Collection featured in Urban Times. Read more.

March 22nd, 2015: The Public Collection featured in Urban Times. Read more.

Contact Us

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How

Browse. Read. Repeat.

Each Public Collection book station is open to everyone, for free. Enjoy a book while visiting, borrow a book, or pass it along to a friend. Books can be returned to any of the Public Collection locations at your convenience.

Why

The Public Collection Mission

The Public Collection increases access to books through the use of functional pieces in community spaces. Our goals are to improve literacy, foster a deeper appreciation of the arts (and artists), and raise awareness for educational equality in the community.

Artists & Locations

Through a curated process, artists were commissioned to design and install site-specific Public Collection stations. Below, please find a map of all locations, as well as a link to get directions to each location.

View the Artists pages for more.

In the News

May 20th, 2016: The Public Collection featured in CODAworx. Read more.

May 19th, 2016: The Public Collection featured in Connessioni Letterarie. Read more.

December 4th, 2015: The Public Collection featured in Indianapolis Recorder. Read more.

November 30th, 2015: News Release. Read more.

November 11th, 2015: The Public Collection featured on Mental_Floss. Read more.

November 10th, 2015: The Public Collection featured on CityLab. Read more.

November 9th, 2015: The Public Collection featured in the Westside Flyer. Read more.

November 6th, 2015: The Public Collection featured on Inhabitat. Read more.

November 4th, 2015: The Public Collection featured in Travel+Leisure. Read more.

October 25th, 2015: The Public Collection featured on TakePart. Read more.

October 21st, 2015: The Public Collection featured on Herron School of Art + Design blog. Read more.

October 20th, 2015: The Public Collection featured on DO blog. Read more.

October 20th, 2015: The Public Collection featured on Creative Safari. Read more.

October 12th, 2015: The Public Collection featured on Good. Read more.

October 1st, 2015: News Release. Read more.

September 10th, 2015: The Public Collection featured in Sky Blue Window. Read more.

September 9th, 2015: The Public Collection featured in Architect’s Newspaper. Read more.

September 8th, 2015: The Public Collection featured in Nuvo. Read more.

August 28th, 2015: The Public Collection featured in The Washington Times. Read more.

August 28th, 2015: The Public Collection featured in IndyStar. Read more.

August 28th, 2015: The Public Collection featured on WFYI.org. Read more.

August 28th, 2015: The Public Collection featured on WTHR. Watch now.

August 27th, 2015: The Public Collection featured on Fox59. Watch now

August 27th, 2015: The Public Collection featured on CBS4. Read more.

August 25th, 2015: The Public Collection featured on RTV6. Watch now.

August 13th, 2015: Launch Event & Media Tour Invitation. Read more.

August 5th, 2015: The Public Collection featured on Between the Lines. Watch now.

July 24th, 2015: The Public Collection featured on SeattlePI.com. Read more.

July 22nd, 2015: The Public Collection featured on HyperAllergic. Read more.

July 20th, 2015: New Release. Read more.

July 10th, 2015: The Public Collection featured in IndyStar. Read more.

June 11th, 2015: News Release. Read more.

April 7th, 2015: The Public Collection featured in Urban Times. Read more.

March 22nd, 2015: The Public Collection featured in Urban Times. Read more.

Contact Us

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The Public Collection is a public art and literacy project developed by Rachel M. Simon, with support from the Herbert Simon Family Foundation. Books for TPC are supplied and stocked by the Indianapolis Public Library.