History of INSPIRE

INSPIRE is Indiana's Lifelong Learning Library for Hoosiers. INSPIRE is a collection of online academic databases and other information resources that can be accessed by Indiana residents. INSPIRE began in January 1998 as a project of the Indiana State Library, funded by a one-time development grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc. INSPIRE is supported by the Indiana General Assembly and the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.

INSPIRE includes full-text magazine and journal articles, websites, pamphlets, images, almanacs, full-text historic newspapers, multimedia, library catalogs and much more. In most cases, INSPIRE provides cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts of all articles that appear in every periodical with the exception of some newspapers. Only letters to the editor, advertisements, and some images are excluded for copyright reasons.

INSPIRE is a free resource available to all Indiana residents who have Internet access. Other states may offer similar services to their own residents.


Since July 1, 2008, the Indiana State Library has tracked monthly statistics on the use of INSPIRE. The Inspire Statistics Report shows the number of searches done, broken out by month.