David Hess, Indiana Room Librarian
Currently Closed for Renovations (opening date has yet to be determined)
- The Gary Public Library began collecting local history items sometime between 1907-1922, when the library’s first director, Louis J. Bailey, was in charge. These materials included books published during the early days of Gary and/or Northwest Indiana, maps, pamphlets, etc. The Local History department (now the Indiana Room) was given a room of its own in the early 1940s. Since then, the collection has continued to grow and now includes thousands of items.
- The Indiana Room collection includes books, maps, newspaper clippings, newspapers, magazines, newsletter, microfilms, blueprints, photographs, government documents, and various other items that pertain to Gary, Northwest Indiana, the state of Indiana as a whole, and the Chicago metropolitan area.
- The Indiana Room accepts donations to its collection including yearbooks and photographs which relate to Gary, N.W. Indiana, or the Chicago metropolitan area.