East 38th Street


5420 East 38th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46218

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East 38th Street Hours

Mon - Tue 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Wed - Fri 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sun Closed
East 38th Street

The first library to serve the neighborhood opened in 1957 as the Emerson Branch. This frame house near East 38th Street and North Emerson Avenue soon became too small to meet the neighborhood's needs, leading to construction of a 7,500-square-foot branch at the same location in 1962. The Emerson Branch closed its doors in 2003 when the current 16,000-square-foot library opened as the East 38th Street Branch.

Amenities & Services
Internet Access
  • Public computers with Microsoft Office
  • Early learning computer stations
  • Free Wi-Fi
Meeting Space
Bike Rack
Self-Services
Outgoing Fax
Exam Proctoring
Walk-Up Book Return
  • Walk-up book return available 24/7
Seed Library
  • Open for seed checkout during regular library hours (March-October)
Zine Collection
Upcoming Events at East 38th Street
E38 Youth Art Series

E38 Youth Art Series

East 38th Street Branch

*Attention Teens Ages 12-18* Make and market your own artistic masterpieces with professional artist Sylvia "ess" McKee at this series of art programs. Made possible by gifts to the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Registration is required.

E38 Youth Art Series

E38 Youth Art Series

East 38th Street Branch

*Attention Teens Ages 12-18* Make and market your own artistic masterpieces with professional artist Sylvia "ess" McKee at this series of art programs. Made possible by gifts to the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Registration is required.

Branch Manager
Kimberly Brown-Harden

Kimberly Brown-Harden

Hi, I'm Kimberly Brown-Harden, Branch Manager for East 38th Street. My favorite author is James Patterson. I hope you’ll visit our location soon. For questions or comments, please feel free to contact me. We are always happy to help!

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