While the Crossroads Discovery Center is under construction, you can still access many of our resources in our online resource center.
If you access our online databases from within the library, simply click on the database you are interested in and begin exploring. If you wish to search on a computer outside the library, you may get an OCLC login screen that will ask for a username (your library card number) and password (your library card PIN).
If you encounter problems the first time you attempt to log in, please clear your browser’s cookies and try again.
Due to contractual agreements, not all borrower accounts may be able to access these resources from outside the library. However, we encourage you to visit our libraries anytime during our regular business hours to use the databases.
Browse the catalog, including the collection of genealogy and local history books here.
Hamilton East Public Library
One Library Plaza
Noblesville, IN 46060
Explore a new exhibit each year in our temporary exhibit space. Uncover hidden histories created in partnership with local history experts and organizations. Exhibits will rotate about every 9 months.
Get hands-on with history in an interactive exhibit space focused on the how-to of genealogy research. Delve into what makes genealogy and local history research fun! Experiences include:
Connect a history puzzle through documents, as you explore historic records. Learn how one type of record connects to another and another to tell the story of a person or a place.
Contribute to a community oral history project in this quick recording booth. Respond to new prompts with each visit, and listen to contributions from fellow community members.
Explore an interactive timeline of Hamilton County history. View maps, historic photos, and other media and see how local history relates to state and national history.
Find databases at your fingertips to get a quick start on your research journey. Start telling your story!
Join a class or workshop to dig deeper into genealogy and local history. Wherever you are in your story, library staff are ready to help.
The Crossroads Discover Center has the tools you need to discover and tell your story. Access our digital media labs and print lab to find all you’ll need to preserve your family history for future generations.
Did you know the Crossroads Discovery Center is home to a repository of historic material? Our archives contain artifacts dating back to the 1850s and Hamilton County’s early days. This renovation will include climate controls and archival quality containment to preserve these materials for centuries to come.
The library’s vision for connecting people to their community and its history in such an accessible way is especially important for a county like this one, which has attracted so many new residents over the past decade. This new learning opportunity will not only be compelling for residents but also interesting to visitors.
The “Indiana Room” debuted to the public in 1973 during an open house for the newly remodeled library. Most noticeable were the iron bars and gate at the entrance to the room, which were installed to set apart the special collection.
When the library moved into a new building on Cumberland Road in 1986, the room took its place on the second floor of the new building. The gate and the iron bars were gone, but the collection remained and continued to flourish.
Throughout the years, the Indiana Room collections have expanded significantly. In the mid-80s to late-90s, Indiana Room staff worked diligently to add vertical files, a photograph collection, archival storage, obituary indexes from local newspapers, database and magazine subscriptions, a circulating collection, microfilm machines, plat maps and more.
The library experienced big changes with new construction and a new name. The Noblesville Southeastern Public Library became the Hamilton East Public Library as it expanded to serve four of the nine townships in the county. And the “Indiana Room” expanded its footprint to include a larger portion of the second floor during this renovation.
The “Indiana Room” changes its name to the Crossroads Discovery Center, and construction breaks ground on yet another expansion of this library resource as we continue to improve access and expand possibilities.