ISL welcomes Lauren Patton as its new Circulation and Support Supervisor

As many of you may know, the Indiana State Library (ISL) is in the process of opening the Young Reader’s Center in the former manuscripts room on the second floor. Christy Franzman has accepted the position of young reader’s center librarian, which opened an opportunity for Lauren Patton to step in as the circulation and support supervisor.

Lauren Patton comes to the ISL from the Indiana State Museum where she was the store manager. For the past two years, Lauren has been volunteering at the ISL and possesses a Master of Library Science from Indiana University. “I was already familiar with the collections and a lot of the great people who work here,” stated Lauren.


A long-time cardigan sweater enthusiast and volunteer at the ISL, Lauren’s transition from State Museum store manager to librarian just made sense. “You just can’t find that kind of comfort and convenience anywhere,” Lauren explained. “It’s not just a sweater; it’s a state of mind.”

On a serious note, the ISL is excited to have Lauren on board and looks forward to seeing what she can accomplish as circulation and support supervisor. “I’m here to assist and supervise the circulation and support staff to ensure that items are moving seamlessly within the library as well as out of the library,” said Lauren. “I can answer questions pertaining to registering for a library card, obtaining library materials through inter-library loan or Evergreen, and checking out materials. I have spent many years working in customer service, most recently the Indiana State Museum, and also have diverse experience within libraries. I’m excited to join the team here at the library and hope you come by and check us out!”

This blog post was written by ISL Communications Director Ryan Brown. For more information about the Indiana State Library, please visit

How to get a library card at the Indiana State Library

Did you know that any Indiana resident is eligible for a FREE Indiana State Library card? Similarly to your local public library, the Indiana State Library offers a borrower’s card to Indiana residents. This gives card holders access to a vast amount of materials that can be loaned on a regular, short-term, or interlibrary loan basis.

There are two ways to apply:

  • In person
    Visit us at 315 W Ohio St. with your picture ID and proof of current address. If you are a minor, a parent/guardian must provide these when applying
  • Online
    Go to Download and print a library card application, state form 44689. Fill in application and mail the application to the Indiana State Library with a photocopy of picture id. The library card will be mailed to the applicant.

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This blog post was written by Christy Franzman, Circulation & Support Supervisor, Indiana State Library. For more information, contact the Indiana State Library at (317) 232-3675  or “Ask-A-Librarian” at