Memorial Day Weekend Closings
All Indianapolis Public Library locations will be closed May 28 - 30 for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, except the InfoZone which will be open each day from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Southport Branch closing
The Southport Branch will be closed for renovation May 31, June 1, and June 2.

East Washington Branch Closing
The East Washington Branch has been closed for renovation. More updates coming soon.



5420 E. 38th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46218

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Upcoming Branch EventsRSS icon

GED-TASC Classes
East 38th Street Branch, May 30 10:00AM

Storytime Under the Sea @ East 38th Street
East 38th Street Branch, May 31 10:30AM

Job Center @ East Thirty-Eighth Street
East 38th Street Branch, May 31 2:30PM

Healthy Meals Workshops
East 38th Street Branch, Jun 1 12:00PM

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East 38th Street Branch

East 38th Street Branch 

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Meet the Branch Manager

Shanika Heyward

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Shanika Heyward

Greetings! My name is Shanika Heyward, Manager of the East 38th Street Branch, formerly known as Emerson. Today's public libraries have been transformed to become great educational sources. Please stop by and let me share some of IndyPL's hidden online treasures like Testing and Education Reference Center with information on certifications, college scholarships, and more. I am on a mission to make the East 38th Street branch the community's place. Please help me by supporting and promoting our resources, services, and programs.

About East 38th Street Branch

The Emerson Branch Library opened in October, 1957, in a frame house at 3642 N. Emerson Avenue. Books and people quickly crowded the house and the need for a larger building was immediately apparent.

A new 7,500 square foot building in the same location opened in March, 1962. Over the years, space was needed for the addition of computers that reduced the number of study tables. This branch served the community until 2003.

In mid 2003, a well-worn Emerson Branch Library closed its doors and reopened as the East Thirty Eighth Street Branch Library at 5420 East 38th Street. Located on three acres, the East 38th Street Library has 16,000 square feet and over 60 parking spaces. The building has a unique triangular shape and an open design with windows on all three sides.

One-half acre of the three-acre site is designated as wetlands. Over 300 butterfly plants are planted on the perimeter of the wetlands. There is a boardwalk through the wetlands with informational signage and additional plants along the boardwalk.

Branch Amenities & Services

Desktop computer icon26 Public Computers with Internet access and Microsoft Office
Printer icon Color Printing Services
scanner Document Scanner
Fax icon Outgoing Fax, $1/page
Wifi iconFree Wireless Internet Access
Printer icon Mobile Printing Service
Files iconCopy Machine(s)
Users iconMeeting Room(s) Available for Public Reservation
Cart iconSelf-service Checkout
Credit card iconCredit Cards Accepted for Fee Payment