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Lending Resources

The Lending Resource Center provides program and technical resources to organizations and individuals who collect, preserve, research and/or interpret Indiana's history.


Do you need help running your historical society, museum, preservation group, library, archive or genealogical group? We offer a substantial lending library of reference and how-to materials. We also offer sample job descriptions, policies and other documents.

Topics include archives management, board development, conservation, disaster planning, evaluation, fundraising, museum operations and much more.

SEARCH OUR DATABASE or call (317) 233-3110 to find what you need.

The normal lending period is four weeks, but extensions may be granted if there are no pending requests. There are no limitations on the number of times requests may be made. Up to four publications may be borrowed at a time. There is no charge for borrowing items, however you are required to pay return postage. You are financially responsible for lost or damaged items.

To arrange a loan, request an extension or suggest
materials to add to our lending library, e-mail us at localhistoryservices@indianahistory.org or call (317) 233-3110. When ordering, please provide the titles and authors (if known), your name, phone number, mailing address and the historical organization that you represent.

Technical Leaflets Available for Download

The Agony and the Ecstasy: Developing an Annual Fundraising Program (1997)

Creating and Building Endowments for Small Museums (1997)

Some Basic Issues Involved in Organizing a Local Historical Society (2011)