Sign up for a library card

Parents from Elder W. Diggs School 42, George Buck School 94, James Whitcomb Riley School 43, Kindezi-Joyce Kilmer School 69, Louis B. Russell Jr. School 48, SUPER School at IPS Frederick Douglass School 19, Thomas Gregg Neighborhood School 15, Washington Irving School 14 and Wendell Phillips School 63 and more will participate in Stand Indiana’s Every Child Reads summer reading challenge.

The program aims to have 400 students/families read 20 minutes a day for a total of 100,000+ minutes by summer’s end.

To help support the reading efforts of our community this summer, make sure your child has a library card. A library card gives students access to many books and helps unlock their imagination.

You can obtain a library card at one of our partner libraries listed below. Library cards are issued on site at all library circulation desks upon completion of an application and presentation of identification with name and current address. Applicant must be present. Parents must sign the application for children under the age of 18. You can print and fill out the application ahead of time: English version, en Español. If you have had a library card before and owed fees please ask us about the FEE FORGIVENESS.

Library locations

Central Library
One Library Square
40 E. St. Clair St. 
Indianapolis, IN 46204

East 38th Street Library
5420 E. 38th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46218

Spades Park Branch
1801 Nowland Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46201 

Haughville Branch
2121 W. Michigan St.
Indianapolis, IN 46222

Info Zone Branch
Children’s Museum
3000 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208

Garfield Park Branch
2502 Shelby St.
Indianapolis, IN 46203

Flanner House Library
2424 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208


  1. Why is it so important for our kids to read at least 20 minutes a day?
    At this rate, children would have read at least 1.8 million words since Kindergarten and for at least 851 hours. These numbers will give our kids a better chance at understanding their grade level work along with increasing their ability to pass standardized tests.

  2. How can I find out which words my child should know by the end of each grade level: K-6?
    Those are called “sight words” and our kids should be able to recognize certain words by sight at the end of each grade level when they are mastering reading. Visit this resource for more information on sight words by section for grades K-5.

  3. Why is it so important for our kids to read on grade level by the 4th grade?
    Statistics say that a child not reading on their grade level by the 4th grade is more than likely to drop out of school than those who are reading on grade level.

  4. Is it ever too late to get my child on track to reading on grade level (even after the 4th grade)?
    It is NEVER too late and this is why your fellow parents have this campaign for library cards because finding books your child LOVES can bring JOY to reading for all kids.