Ribbon cutting at new library

New Public Library in Martingdale-Brightwood

The new Martingdale-Brightwood Public Library is officially open. This new building will replace the Brightwood Branch across the street, which served the community since 1972.

Located at 2434 N. Sherman Drive, the 15,000 square feet library hopes to increase “access to lifelong learning and mental recreation for neighbors of all ages,” said Amina Pierson of the Martingdale-Brightwood Community Development Corporation. Aesthetically, the building has sleek features with tall glass windows and live plant displays inside. It also has expanded spaces for children and teens, new study and community meeting areas, enhanced technology, and a design that focuses on greater energy and resource conservation.

The IndyEast Promise Zone was happy to endorse this project by providing a letter of support, as it aligns with the IndyEast BUY Committee goals.

Due to COVID-19, the library restricts the number of patrons inside the building to ensure it is following CDC and Marion County protocols. All materials returned to the library will be quarantined and disinfected. Manager of the Branch, Nikki Johnson, says “right now, we’re keeping programs we’ve historically provided and modified them so that they’re virtual or contact-free”. Visit the Martingdale-Brightwood Branch’s website for more information.

photo courtesy of the Indianapolis Public Library