IndyPL’s Center for Black Literature & Culture increases tech options

The Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library has made changes to its space, including interactive kiosks and a new interactive website that gives visitors an opportunity to take a deeper dive into information on Black history, Black literature, Black culture, the Black diaspora, and Black librarianship.

The new CBLC website, which can be found at, allows visitors to view 3D artifacts related to Black history, watch videos of local Black leaders such as Amos Brown and Tamika Catchings, learn more about influential literary figures including Mari Evans and Etheridge Knight, and view photo galleries that explore the history of local Black librarians.

“These stories and artifacts present a different viewpoint than what is often told when people talk about our city,” said Nichelle M. Hayes, the center’s founding director. “I hope people who view the website get an in-depth understanding of the incredible and rich Black experience in Indianapolis.”

All website entries are available to view in-person at the CBLC on digital kiosk displays.

Nichelle M. Hayes, founding leader of the CBLC;  Briana Metzger of RLR associates; and Amira Malcom, CBLC multimedia project manager, show updates to the CBLC.

“We want patrons to discover new, engaging ways to learn this important history,” said Amira Malcom, the center’s multimedia projects manager. Malcolm worked with IndyPL librarians and local organizations such as the Indiana State Museum and the Crispus Attucks Museum to acquire information for the website and kiosk displays. “Thanks to the website they can access this information anywhere. It’s a step towards greater accessibility.”

The CBLC is in the process of updating its website and digital kiosk displays with new information. By the end of 2022, Malcolm says they will have 20 or more new entries.

Learn more about the CBLC at

PHOTO ABOVE: Roberta Knickerbocker Jaggers, president of the Indianpolis Public Library Foundation, views an interactive kiosk at the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library. Photos provided by IndyPL