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
Introduction to Excel

Introduction to Excel

East 38th Street Branch

Learn how to organize and analyze numbers and text in a spread-sheet format. Improve your job search chances by learning this often-required skill. This class repeats on the fourth Thursday of each month.

Off Our Rockers: Senior Social

Off Our Rockers: Senior Social

East 38th Street Branch

Preserve your treasured family recipes by making a keepsake cookbook.

Career Center at East 38th Street

Career Center at East 38th Street

East 38th Street Branch

Adults needing help with creating a resume, searching for a job or career online, or filling out an online job application are invited to receive free one-on-one assistance. The Career Center is made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

Branch Manager
Naomi Allensworth

Naomi Allensworth

Hi, I'm Naomi Allensworth, Branch Manager for East 38th Street. I love to read romance and YA books, some of my favorite authors are Sylvia Day and Tayari Jones. 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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