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Public Health Partnerships

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The Library is proud to partner with local organizations to team up for community health including summer meals, COVID-19 vaccine clinics, free gun locks, and more.

Summer Meals 2022

Partner: Indy Parks and Recreation
For children 18 and under. Second Helpings will provide sandwiches for adults at some locations.

  • College Avenue
    May 31 – July 25
    Monday through Friday
    1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
  • Spades Park
    May 31 – July 25
    Monday through Friday
    4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
  • West Indianapolis
    June 6 – End date TBD
    Monday through Friday
    1:45 pm – 2:15 pm
    (Adult meals served as well!)

Partner: Perry Township Schools
For children 18 and under. Meals must be eaten on site.

  • Southport
    June 20 – July 20
    Monday - Friday
    11:40 am – 12:50 pm

Partner: Indianapolis Public Schools
For children 18 years of age and younger, even if they do not attend an IPS school. All meals must be eaten on site.

  • Haughville
    June 6 – July 22
    Monday through Friday
    1:15 pm – 1:45 pm
    (No meals on July 20 or July 4)

Partner: Wayne Township Schools
For children 18 years and younger. Meals must be eaten on site.

  • Wayne
    June 13 – July 15
    Monday through Friday
    12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
    (Still serving on June 20; No meals on July 4)

For more meal locations throughout the Indianapolis area see:

To find food pantries and meal sites closest to you, reach out to Indiana 211. Visit Indiana 211 Connect to find resources online, or dial 2-1-1 or 866-211-9966 to speak with a community navigator.

covid-19 vaccine record and vaccine supplies

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

Partner: Marion County Public Health Department

COVID-19 vaccination clinics are hosted at some of our locations. The vaccines are free, and no appointment is needed. See our schedule.

Gun Locks

Partner: Marion County Sheriff’s Office

Free, easy to use gun locks are available at all our locations. Gun locks secure a gun and keep it from firing, ensuring safety in homes with curious children. Anyone who desires a free gun lock need only visit their nearest Indianapolis Public Library branch and ask the staff for one. It will be provided at no cost, with no questions asked.

Lead Screening Kits

Partner: Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Center for Urban Health

Residents can screen their homes and yards for lead by picking up free Lead Screening Kits at all 17 Seed Library locations plus the Martindale-Brightwood Branch. Simply drop by the seed library closest to your home, pick up a Kit, collect samples, then return your Kit with those samples to the library. Learn more about this program.

Take charge of your health with help from the Library! You can find online and in-person exercise, mindfulness, or cooking classes, and other health related programs. We can also help you find reliable, trusted resources to manage good health and get access to medical research tools too. See our blog posts about health & wellness that cover both research assistance and reading recommendations.