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Ingrid Norrise, LCPL Director

From the Director

A library is information. It's education. We're a place where you can go to find the answer to any question, whether through accessing the Internet or by asking our information specialists. Everything we do, every class we provide, is dedicated to furthering our mission: to give everyone, regardless of social class or circumstance of birth, the opportunity to improve his or her life.

We're here because we believe that everyone deserves that chance. As James Truslow Adams put it in his 1931 book The Epic of America, "life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement." We want that for every person who walks through our doors.

Everyone needs something different to achieve their "better and richer and fuller" life, and it is our goal to support them all. That's why we have English as a second language classes for adults, pre-literacy classes for kids, and computer-literacy classes for anyone who needs them. That's why we provide one-on-one technology support to help you learn to use your devices. If you need help filing for unemployment, you can do that here. Looking for the perfect college, or trying to find a grant to start your own business? Head to the library.

We're here because we believe in the individuals who make up our community. By providing you with the tools you need to learn and grow and succeed, we know that we're not just helping one person, but strengthening our communities as well.

We know that what we do may change but as your needs change, the library changes to match. Once upon a time, people who wanted to educate themselves needed textbooks. Today, you need digital resources and Internet access. You need to download, to upload, to connect, to meet up. We'll help you do that. And whatever you need in the future to keep improving, we'll provide that too – after all, we're a library, and we're here because we believe in you. We're here because you are. There's no better reason.

So, when in doubt, when you have questions, when you're not sure what comes next: turn to the library. We believe in you, and we'll help you get what you need.

And if what you need is simply a good book... well, we have those too.

View LCPL's Strategic Plan for 2017 - 2021

Library Leadership Team

The Lake County Public Library is led by a diverse team of people who use their individual strengths and talents to benefit the library. With many years of experience in the administration of library services, each offers something unique and valuable to the operation of our library system.

Ingrid Norris, Director
John Brock, Assistant Director-Finance & Operations
Roddretta Waxton, Assistant Director-Public Library Services
Nick Bliss, Technology Services Coordinator
Carol Daumer Gutjahr, Branch Services Coordinator

Branch Management Team:

Erika, Merrillville Branch Head
Jon, Cedar Lake Branch Head
Chris, Dyer-Schererville Branch Head
Beth, Griffith-Calumet Twp Branch Head
Linda, Highland Branch Head
Rachel, Hobart Branch Head
Julie, Lake Station-New Chicago Branch Head
Michael, Munster Branch Head
Holly, St. John Branch Head

Contact Us via Email
Or write to us at:
1919 West 81st Ave
Merrillville, Indiana 46410

Reference question? Use our Ask a Librarian form.

Upcoming Events
Mon, Aug 26, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Babies and toddlers, birth - 23 months of age, accompanied by their caregivers, will enjoy this program filled with rhymes, books,... more
Babies and toddlers, birth - 23 months of age, accompanied by their caregivers, will enjoy this program filled with rhymes, books, music, and movement designed to help early literacy skills.

Mon, Aug 26, 10:30am - 11:15am
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft, that teach early... more
Storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft, that teach early literacy skills.

Mon, Aug 26, 10:30am - 12:30pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Take yourself back to school with this month's Musical Monday presention: Grease! Rated PG. Runtime 110 minutes. Refreshments will be... more
Take yourself back to school with this month's Musical Monday presention: Grease! Rated PG. Runtime 110 minutes. Refreshments will be provided. Registration is required.

Mon, Aug 26, 11:00am - 11:30am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
This special storytime is designed for children ages 0-23 months and a caregiver. We will sing songs, read short stories, do lap... more
This special storytime is designed for children ages 0-23 months and a caregiver. We will sing songs, read short stories, do lap bounces, and play!

Mon, Aug 26, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room A
Adults are invited to de-stress and relax with pencils and coloring sheets provided by the library. Or bring your own!

Mon, Aug 26, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Play Scrabble or other word games with friends and meet new ones. All games--as well as coffee and tea--will be provided. Join the fun!

Mon, Aug 26, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
An act of civil disobedience turns into a standoff with police when homeless people in Cincinnati take over the public library to seek... more
An act of civil disobedience turns into a standoff with police when homeless people in Cincinnati take over the public library to seek shelter from the bitter cold.

Mon, Aug 26, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea.

Canceled
Mon, Aug 26, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Dyer-Schererville
Teens will learn how to make "walking tacos" (meat and vegan option) then enjoy eating them afterward.

Mon, Aug 26, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
An act of civil disobedience turns into a standoff with police when homeless people in Cincinnati take over the public library to seek... more
An act of civil disobedience turns into a standoff with police when homeless people in Cincinnati take over the public library to seek shelter from the bitter cold.

Mon, Aug 26, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Join the Calumet Astronomical Society, Inc. at the Library for an evening of space, science, & astronomical excitement! All welcome! A... more
Join the Calumet Astronomical Society, Inc. at the Library for an evening of space, science, & astronomical excitement! All welcome! A short business meeting precedes our speaker.

Mon, Aug 26, 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Cedar Lake - Public Tables
Bring yarn and a size H crochet hook or size 7 knitting needles and cotton yarn ... or bring along a project you're already working on!

Tue, Aug 27, 10:00am - 10:45am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft, that teach early... more
Storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft, that teach early literacy skills.

Tue, Aug 27, 11:00am - 11:45am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Families are invited to join us for a 45-minute story time. We will read books, sing songs, and have fun activities!

Tue, Aug 27, 11:15am - 12:15pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids 4-6.

Tue, Aug 27, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
St. John - Small Study Room A
Receive individualized instruction in basic computer skills.
This event is full

Tue, Aug 27, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Stories, fingerplays, music, related activities and a craft are all included this this storytime for children and their family members.

Tue, Aug 27, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Discuss world affairs with the Foreign Policy Association. See monthly topics: Note: Colleen Hickman will facilitate Aug. 13 Note:... more
Discuss world affairs with the Foreign Policy Association. See monthly topics: Note: Colleen Hickman will facilitate Aug. 13 Note: Richard Rupp will be here September 10 & Nov. 12.

Tue, Aug 27, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Play a friendly game of Chess or Go.

Tue, Aug 27, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Together with PFLAGCP-NWI, we are hosting a social, support, education, & networking space for LGBTQ+ teens & their allies. Teens... more
Together with PFLAGCP-NWI, we are hosting a social, support, education, & networking space for LGBTQ+ teens & their allies. Teens (12-18) are welcome. Parents/guardians can meet concurrently.