This Microsoft Office PowerPoint presentation gives an overview of the Shared System. You can view it for your own benefit, or use it to provide PD for school staff either at the start of the school year or when there’s an opportunity later! You could also use it during a Literacy Night to let families know about what resources your library provides. Use  the original slideshow as the base for your own presentation. You will have to copy and rename it in order to edit it for your school. If you’re in a Google environment, here’s the link to the original for you to copy and edit for your school.

Be sure to hand out copies of the Shared System flyer below, available in Spanish and English. Review it carefully to make sure you cover the important points!

The Shared System, a service of The Indianapolis Public Library (IndyPL), helps schools meet students’ and teachers’ demand for current, high-quality fiction and informational texts. Thanks to a common catalog and a book delivery service, the 46 school libraries in the Shared System function much like IndyPL’s branches. Teachers and students borrow materials from the public library, public library patrons request materials from schools and schools borrow materials from each other. In a time when library resources are limited and public entities are encouraged to realize efficiencies through collaboration, IndyPL recognizes is important role in supporting school libraries.

In addition, the Public Library serves as a vital access point to resources available for reference at three Indianapolis museums, and to special collections of materials available on site or by request from the BJE Maurer Jewish Community Library and the Riley Hospital for Children.

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Who is in the Shared System?

  • 1 PreK
  • 39 Elementary
  • 1 Intermediate
  • 4 Middle schools
  • 12 High Schools
  • 2 K-12

Plus 5 special libraries (the Eiteljorg, the Indiana Medical History Museum, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Jewish Community Library, and Riley Hospital for Children

and 24 IndyPL branch location and its Central Library.