History of the Griffith-Calumet
Township Branch

The Griffith-Calumet Township Branch is our newest library building! This branch is designed to serve Calumet Township and the surrounding communities and does an excellent job of it - but did you know it is actually a combination of three of our older, smaller branches?

Read about the history of the branches that combined to form Griffith-Calumet Township Branch here:

Forty-First Ave
Black Oak

A Modern Branch for a Changing Community

Past Library Director Ana Grandfield with members of Carras-Szany-Kuhn & Associates and Skillman Corp
Ana Grandfield with members of Carras-Szany Kuhn & Associates and Skillman Corp

In 2011, the Lake County Public Library administration and Board assessed the current and future needs of the Calumet Township communities, along with the condition and adequacy of existing library buildings. After careful evaluation, the Library Board of Trustees made the decision to combine the Griffith and Forty-First Avenue facilities and build a new and larger branch at the corner of 45th Avenue and Colfax Street. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held on May 10, 2012 and staff at both branches began planning to combine their collections for a new Griffith-Calumet Township Branch.

The Forty-First Avenue Branch closed on December 31, 2012 and the collection was moved to the new building in January 2013. Staff at the Griffith Branch began working on the collection and gradually sending books to the new building. The Griffith Branch at 940 N. Broad Street closed on March 23, 2013. DVDs, new books, picture books, and office supplies were packed, delivered, and shelved in just 3 days and the new Griffith-Calumet Township Branch was ready to open on Thursday, March 28, 2013.

A particularly popular spot for kids at the Griffith-Calumet Township Branch
A particularly popular reading spot at the new branch

The new building, modeled on the Lake Station-New Chicago Branch plan, is 16,000 square feet nearly 4 times the size of the Forty-First Avenue Branch and almost twice the size of the Griffith Branch. The new branch offers many features not previously available to the community free WiFi, a community room separate from the children's programming room, a quiet study room, improved magazine shelving, and more tables and chairs.

Before it was even a year old, the branch drew in impressive amounts of new users, registering 170 first-time cardholders monthly, on average. Circulation and PC use increased approximately 21% from 2012 to 2013.

Now, celebrating its 3rd year while Indiana celebrates its 200th, the Griffith-Calumet Township Branch is a vibrant community center, popular with and valued by residents of Calumet Township and surrounding communities.

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Cedar Lake
Lake Stn-New Chi
St. John