Novel Conversations is a free statewide lending library. Indiana Humanities lends more than 550 titles, primarily fiction and biography, to reading and discussion groups all over Indiana, free of charge. We also have books available in several other genres, including nonfiction, mysteries, plays, poetry and young adult.
Who can participate in Novel Conversations?
Indiana organizations such as public and school libraries, senior centers, churches, or formal or informal book clubs. Any Indiana resident can request a set of books.
How much does it cost?
It’s free, as long as books are either: shipped to a public library via the Indiana State Library’s INfo Express service or picked up and returned at Indiana Humanities headquarters at 1500 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis.
How do I order books?
Click HERE to access the online reservation system.
Click HERE to download instructions for using the system.
How long may we keep the books?
You will have 40 days from the pickup date to the due date. The pickup date should be the date of the meeting when you want to distribute the books to your group; however, books may arrive before this date. The due date is the date when the library should send the books back to Indiana Humanities.
What if I have not collected all the books by the due date?
We ask that you return as many books as possible by the due date, even if you do not have all the copies back yet. For example, if you borrowed 12 books and only have 10 back by the due date, go ahead and send us the 10 copies because that may be enough to fulfill another group’s request.
How are books added to the collection?
Quite a lot of our newer books have been donated by libraries. We have also received special funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities; the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library; and The Glick Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation. If you’d like to receive news from Indiana Humanities, we will e-mail you about these acquisitions or with other news. Email Nancy at email@example.com to be added to the list.
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I want to support Novel Conversations. How can I help?
We are always looking for donations of paperback books (minimum of eight copies per title) or additional copies of books already in our collection. If you would like to donate books, suggest new titles or offer feedback about the program, please contact Nancy. Finally, if you would like to provide financial support for the program, you can donate here.
What if I have questions, problems or cannot use the online system?
Contact Nancy Conner, 800.675.8897, extension 128, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indiana Humanities connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage Hoosiers to think, read and talk. BH