5420 E. 38th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46218
East 38th Street Branch, Apr 23 1:00AM
Job Center @ East Thirty-Eighth Street
East 38th Street Branch, Apr 23 3:30PM
Youth Writers Series @ E. 38th Street
East 38th Street Branch, Apr 23 4:30PM
East 38th Street Branch, Apr 24 1:00AM
East 38th Street Branch
Meet the Branch Manager
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
26 - Public Computers with Internet access and Microsoft Office
Early Literacy Stations
Free Wireless Internet Access
Color Printing Services
Mobile Printing Service
Color Copy Machine(s)
Meeting Room(s) Available for Public Reservation
Walk-up book return
Credit Cards Accepted for Fines, Fees and Services