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Fort Ben

9330 East 56th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46216

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Fort Ben 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 1 - 5 p.m.
Fort Ben
Certified Autism Center

The 22,000 square foot Fort Ben Branch provides easy access to Library services and collections due to its location in a high-traffic community with access to public transportation. It includes community meeting spaces and study rooms, beautiful landscaping components, and walk-up, bike-up, and drive-up material return locations. Its roof-top solar photovoltaic system will provides 80% of the building's electricity needs. The Library was envisioned as part of a redevelopment plan since the land was decommissioned and transitioned from the U.S. military to the City of Indianapolis in the 1990s.

The Branch is the first library branch in the state of Indiana to become a Certified Autism Center™ by receiving an international autism accreditation through the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES).

Amenities & Services
Internet Access
  • Public computers with Microsoft Office
  • Early learning computer stations
  • Free Wi-Fi
Meeting Space
Study Rooms
Accessible Workstation
Self-Services
Outgoing Fax
Exam Proctoring
Bike Rack
Walk-Up Book Return
Upcoming Events at Fort Ben
Paws to Read at Fort Ben

Paws to Read at Fort Ben

Fort Ben Branch

Children who are reluctant readers are invited to read to a registered therapy dog. This activity can help young ones improve their reading skills and self-confidence. Participants may sign-up for a 15-minute reading session by visiting the Fort Ben branch or by calling 317-275-4570.

Computer Class at Fort Ben

Computer Class at Fort Ben

Fort Ben Branch

Learn the basics of computers and how to use them! This computer class will be held in the Echo Study Room at the Fort Ben Branch and instructed by the Computer Assistant Degmarie Santiago. Laptops and materials will be provided during the class, we just need you!

Animal Shows

Animal Shows

Fort Ben Branch

Go on a wild adventure with Silly Safaris in this sit-down 45-minute live animal show! You’ll have the chance to see animals up close and ask questions.

Branch Manager
Shelby Peak

Shelby Peak

Hi, I'm Shelby Peak, Branch Manager for Fort Ben. I enjoy reading YA and children’s fiction, especially fantasy and fairy tale retellings. Some of my favorite authors include Leigh Bardugo, Marissa Meyer, and Rick Riordan. For questions or comments, please feel free to contact me. We are always happy to help!

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