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Gregory A. Hill, Sr.

Gregory A. Hill, Sr., MLS, MSM is an experienced librarian who is well-versed in management and strategic leadership. Since 2012, Hill has held several positions within the Indianapolis Public Library system, including adult reference librarian at Central Library, manager at the Decatur Branch, manager of the Lawrence Branch, area resource manager of the Indianapolis Public Library’s east region, chief public services officer (CPSO), and acting chief executive officer. He was appointed to permanent CEO in April 2023. Prior to his career at the Indianapolis Public Library, Hill served in the United States Navy for more than 20 years.

Guided by his core values of contribution, kindness, service, trustworthiness, and meaningful work, Hill has made significant contributions to the Indianapolis Public Library during his tenure. Most notably, in his role as CPSO, Hill developed and implemented the Indianapolis Public Library’s career development and mentor programs along with establishing and measuring system-wide public service diversity, equity, and inclusion goals.

An active community member, Hill also serves on the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, volunteers as a mentor and tutor at Gold Academy Elementary School, and assists with the management of the Block Family Library at Riley Children’s Hospital.

Hill holds a bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies from Liberty University, a master’s degree in library science from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and a second master’s degree in strategic management from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Vision for the Library

Welcoming & Inclusive

Our vision for the library is to create a welcoming and inclusive community space that offers a wide range of resources and services to meet the needs of our diverse patrons. We see the library as a place where people can come together to learn, grow, and connect with others

Health & Wellness

We envision the library as a hub for health resources, providing access to reliable information, support, and referrals for those seeking physical and mental wellness guidance. Our goal is to promote healthy lifestyles and empower our patrons to take control of their health and well-being.

Employment Opportunities & Career Development

We also aim to be a valuable resource for employment opportunities and career development. Through partnerships with local businesses and organizations, we strive to offer job training programs, resume assistance, and access to job postings and networking opportunities.

Innovation & Technology

Innovation and technology are at the forefront of our vision for the library. We aim to provide innovative technology and resources that meet the changing needs of our patrons. From digital resources and online learning platforms to coding classes, we seek to inspire creativity and exploration.

New Library Users

Bringing in new patrons is also a key component of our vision. We aim to reach out to underserved communities and provide programs and services that meet their unique needs. We want the library to be where everyone feels welcome and valued.

Intellectual Freedom

We value intellectual freedom in support of our library staff and the decisions they make selecting and creating collection materials, displays, and programs that best engage the community while raising voices of historically marginalized peoples regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender identity, or sexual orientation; and we reject censorship in any form.

Safe Work Environment

Finally, we recognize the importance of a safe work environment for our staff and volunteers. We are committed to providing a secure, supportive workplace fostering collaboration, creativity, and personal growth.

In the Media

Glendale Grand Opening

What a wonderful day greeting our first visitors during the grand opening of the newest chapter of the Glendale Branch!

Presenting Misty Copeland with the Kurt Vonnegut Award

We had another wonderful Marian McFadden Memorial Lecture. Thank you to Misty Copeland for a fantastic evening! We were honored to present her with the Kurt Vonnegut Award.

Shelving the first book at the New Glendale Branch

It is getting close - many more books have been shelved! Our new Glendale Branch will reopen on Saturday, March 30, 2024 at its new location at 3660 East 62nd Street, the former site of John Strange Elementary School.

Meet the Artists XXXVI Gala Opening Reception

Gregory Hill, Cordia Watkins, circulation manager and chairperson of the Indianapolis Public Library’s African American History Committee, and Anthony Radford, the exhibit curator welcome visitors to the Meet the Artists XXXVI gala opening reception which payed tribute to the NBA All-Star Weekend that took place in downtown Indianapolis.

Celebrate the Freedom to Read with John Green
Banned Books Week October 1-7

#1 New York Times bestselling author and Indianapolis resident, John Green, helped us kick-off Banned Books Week on October 2, 2023 at Central Library. Speaking to a packed house, John and Indiana State Senator Andrea Hunley (District 46) discussed the importance of access and the freedom to read. Read some of the evening highlights and learn more about the freedom to read.

2023 Marion McFadden Memorial Lecture
Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Bestselling novelist and British Fantasy Award and Locus Award winning author Silvia Moreno-Garcia was the featured speaker at our 44th Annual Marian McFadden Memorial Lecture that took place September 28, 2023.

Fort Ben Branch
Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting

The Fort Ben Branch of The Indianapolis Public Library, located at 9330 East 56th Street, opened to the public on Saturday, August 19, 2023. The 22,000-square-foot branch is projected to welcome 180,000 – 200,000 patron visits annually!

Library Night at Victory Field
Partner: Indianapolis Indians

On July 25, 2023, CEO Gregory Hill throws out the first pitch in honor of Library Night at Victory Field and in celebration of the support the Indianapolis Indians provided to The Indianapolis Public Library during its successful Summer Reading Program.

Gun Lock Giveaway
Partner: Marion County Sheriff’s Office

Free, easy to use gun locks are available at all our locations during regular hours and while supplies last. Gun locks secure a gun and keep it from firing, ensuring safety in homes with curious children. The Marion County Sheriff's Office encourages all gun owners to come get a free gun lock. Gun locks are a simple tool that can and will prevent accidental shootings. Anyone who desires a free gun lock need only visit their nearest Indianapolis Public Library branch and ask the staff for one. It will be provided at no cost, with no questions asked.

CEO Reports to the Indianapolis Public Library Board of Trustees