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5420 E. 38th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46218

Upcoming Branch EventsRSS icon

Job Center @ East Thirty-Eighth Street
East 38th Street Branch, Nov 17 11:30AM

GED-TASC Classes
East 38th Street Branch, Nov 19 1:00AM

Job Center @ East Thirty-Eighth Street
East 38th Street Branch, Nov 19 3:30PM

Paying for College: Free Scholarship Workshops
East 38th Street Branch, Nov 19 6:00PM

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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

PCs 26 - Public Computers with Internet access and Microsoft Office
early literacy icon Early Literacy Stations
self-check icon Self-service Checkout
WIFI icon Free Wireless Internet Access
printer icon Color Printing Services
printer icon Mobile Printing Service
copies icon Color Copy Machine(s)
scanner icon Document Scanner
PCs Outgoing Fax
Users icon Meeting Room(s) Available for Public Reservation
Books icon Walk-up book return
credit card icon Credit Cards Accepted for Fines, Fees and Services