The LCPL sign outside of central administration on Rt 30

Support the Library

Did you know our Summer Library Adventure for adults, children, and teens, is 100% funded by contributions? The same is true for many of our amazing programs, classes, and events, especially children's programs that foster literacy. We invite you to be a part of a long tradition of supporting the library and enhancing the many services we offer. A donation to the library is an investment in your community!

The library is supported in a major way by two groups: the Friends and the Foundation. Monetary contributions to these groups have the most visible impact on our library - and of course, you can also contribute your time become an active participant in either!

Friends of LCPL

The Friends of the Lake County Public Library operate our booksale room and contribute to the acquisition of library materials. They also are responsible for funding the Summer Library Adventure! Learn more or make a donation.

The LCPL Foundation

The Foundation sponsors our annual Read-a-Thon as well as the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge, which helps kids prepare for Kindergarten. They also use their funds to provide books and materials above and beyond what would be available through the library's traditional tax-based funding. Learn more or make a donation.

Other Ways to Support the Library

Supporting the library doesn't have to mean making a monetary donation (though we do appreciate it!) It can also mean donating your time and talent. Here are a few ways you can help!

Visit Our Booksale Room

Each of our locations has a sale rack, but the Merrillville branch has a full booksale room. You never know what you might find, and proceeds from sales benefit the library! Not interested in buying more books, music, and movies? You can also help us by donating some of your old ones. Learn More...

Shop at Amazon.com

Yes, you heard us correctly. When you go to Amazon from this link, a portion of what you pay comes right back to the library and into our materials budget. Learn more...

Support a Read-a-Thon Participant

Every year, the Foundation Board sponsors the annual Read-a-Thon, during which young readers collect pledges to benefit the library. Keep an eye on the Upcoming Foundation Events page for the next Read-a-Thon dates!

Volunteer

Give the gift of your time! There are so many ways you can volunteer at the library - like working the booksale rooms, reading to others, tutoring at our English speaking classes, and much more! Call your library for more information on how you can donate your time and talent. Adults who volunteer 100 hours of their time and teens who volunteer 50 hours are eligible for special privilege gold or silver library cards.
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Buy an eBook or an Audiobook

When you're browsing our Overdrive eBook and audiobook collection and decide to purchase an item instead of simply checking it out, a portion of what you pay comes back to the library to help us buy more digital materials! All you have to do is click the green Buy It Now button found on any eBook or audiobook entry and follow the instructions. Learn more...

Donate through the Legacy Foundation

Donations to LCPL through the Legacy Foundation are used to directly support our educational initiatives. We may also use donations to continue expanding our collection of books, movies, music, and other materials so that people can engage in self-guided study. Donate now!

Make a Memorial Donation or a Gift

Give a lasting and thoughtful tribute to your family or a loved one by making a contribution to the Lake County Public Library. Download the gift form (PDF).

Make a General, One-Time Donation:

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