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A calendar with a clock. Make an appointment!

Visit the Library

We're thrilled to begin welcoming people back into the library! Please call before you visit so we can make sure we aren't at capacity and so that you don't catch us in the middle of disinfecting. You can come into the building for:

Computer Use

Grab & Go (browsing and fax/copier use) 

You can schedule a library visit up to 7 days in advance, or right when you pull up if you're feeling lucky.

Be sure to check out the rules and FAQ to make your visit as smooth as possible. Note: You do not need an appointment to use curbside pickup! See our curbside hours.

Ready to schedule? Call your branch using the number below.

Building Access Hours:

Note: Hours are subject to change based on staff availability.

cedar lake branch Cedar Lake: 219-374-7121

MON: CLOSED (curbside only)

TUES - THURS: 2:00 PM - 6:30 PM

FRI: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

SAT: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

SUN: CLOSED

 

dyer-schererville branch Dyer-Schererville: 219-322-4731

MON: 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

TUES: CLOSED (curbside only)

WED & THURS: 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

FRI: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

SAT: 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

SUN: CLOSED

griffith-calumet township branch Griffith-Calumet Twp: 219-838-2825

MON: 11:45 AM - 6:00 PM

TUES: CLOSED (curbside only)

WED & THURS: 11:45 AM - 6:00 PM

FRI & SAT: 9:15 AM - 3:00 PM

SUN: CLOSED

highland branch Highland: 219-838-2394

MON - WED: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

THURS: CLOSED (curbside only)

FRI & SAT: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

SUN: CLOSED

hobart branch Hobart: 219-942-2243

MON: 12:30 PM - 6:00 PM

TUE: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

WED: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

THURS: CLOSED (curbside only)

FRI & SAT: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

SUN: CLOSED

lake station new chicago branch Lake Station-New Chicago: 219-962-2409

MON: CLOSED (curbside only)

TUES - THURS: 11:30 AM - 6:30 PM

FRI & SAT: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

SUN: CLOSED

Merrillville Branch Merrillville: 219-769-3541
Note: The upper level is restricted. Ask a staff member for help!

MON & TUES: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

WED: CLOSED (curbside only)

THURS: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

FRI & SAT: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

SUN: CLOSED

Munster Branch Munster: 219-836-8450

MON & TUES: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

WED: CLOSED (curbside only)

THURS: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

FRI & SAT: 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

SUN: CLOSED

st. john branch St. John: 219-365-5379

MON - WED: 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM

THURS: CLOSED (curbside only)

FRI & SAT: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

SUN: CLOSED

Know Before You Go:

Rules for Library Appointments

face mask

1: Facial coverings are required.

  • Face coverings (masks) must be worn at all times within library buildings
  • Face coverings must cover your mouth and nose
  • Face coverings include scarves, bandanas, masks, or any other fabric covering that can be worn over your mouth and nose. 

2: Appointments may be made up to 7 days in advance.

3: Appointments are for 1 hour per day.

4: Only one appointment on the books at a time.

  • There is a 24-hour waiting period after the end of one appointment before another may be booked. This is to ensure equal access to our limited resources. 

5: Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

6: Only one person per appointment unless:

  • You are under 16 years old (an adult is required)
  • You need a helper (ie, a translator, technical help for computers, etc)
    • You must let us know at the time of booking if someone will accompany you

7: Arrive on time. Your time will not be extended if you're late.

8: You will need your library card number and PIN to log on to a computer.

9: Practice social distancing.

  • Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and other people in the building, including library staff. 
  • Staff will not be able to provide "over the shoulder" assistance as we will be maintaining the recommended distance.

10: If you feel sick, stay home. There is no penalty for canceling library appointments!

Appointment FAQs:

Why do I have to make an appointment?

Library appointments make it easy to control the number of people in the building so that we can comply with CDC guidelines for physical distancing. Appointments also mean you don't have to take a chance on all the computers being taken when you arrive at the library. No standing in line, no congregating in waiting areas, no wasted trips. It's convenient and safe!

What if I can't wear a mask? It's not that I don't want to...

Please let us know when you schedule your appointment if you are unable to wear a mask. We're happy to work with you to come up with a solution that allows you to access the services you need.

Can I print during my appointment?

You must make a computer appointment in order to print (computer use is not available during Grab & Go appointments). You may print up to 25 pages per appointment. Charges will be added to your library account once per month. We can not accept money during appointments.

What can I do during a Grab & Go appointment?

You can browse our shelves and check out library materials. You can also use the copier or fax machine. Note that toys will not be available in the children's area.

Computer use requires a separate computer appointment.

Upcoming Events
Sun, Sep 20, 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - Bit.Ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer... more
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer picture book, read in its entirety. bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Registration is now closed

Tue, Sep 22, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - Bit.Ly/LCPLstorytime
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books... more
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books and songs to foster pre-literacy skills. bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Tue, Sep 22, 11:00am - 11:45am
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Join us virtually as we talk to a park ranger from Mammoth Cave National Park about an amazing underground world! You need Zoom... more
Join us virtually as we talk to a park ranger from Mammoth Cave National Park about an amazing underground world! You need Zoom capability and an email address to attend. 

Tue, Sep 22, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
St. John - Zoom Room
Join us for a virtual Teen Advisory Board meeting! Earn volunteer hours while we discuss future teen program ideas for the St. John... more
Join us for a virtual Teen Advisory Board meeting! Earn volunteer hours while we discuss future teen program ideas for the St. John Library. Must register by September, 2020. Ages 10-17.

Wed, Sep 23, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - Bit.Ly/LCPLstorytime
Children from birth through 23 months and a caregiver are invited to tune in weekly for a 10 to 15-minute lapsit program that fosters... more
Children from birth through 23 months and a caregiver are invited to tune in weekly for a 10 to 15-minute lapsit program that fosters child development and pre-literacy skills. bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Wed, Sep 23, 10:45am - 12:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Professional writer, Patrick Thornton has created a program to show researchers and genealogists at all levels, how to write engaging... more
Professional writer, Patrick Thornton has created a program to show researchers and genealogists at all levels, how to write engaging family stories to share with current and future generations.

Thu, Sep 24, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - Bit.Ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in mid to upper elementary school grades are invited to tune in weekly to learn about a book and hear the first chapter. All... more
Children in mid to upper elementary school grades are invited to tune in weekly to learn about a book and hear the first chapter. All books are available on Hoopla or Overdrive. bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Thu, Sep 24, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Join a ranger in Crystal Cove State Park in California, and learn about tidal pools as she explores one live! You must have an email... more
Join a ranger in Crystal Cove State Park in California, and learn about tidal pools as she explores one live! You must have an email address to register.

Fri, Sep 25, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - Bit.Ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer... more
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer picture book, read in its entirety. bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Fri, Sep 25, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Talk to a ranger who works in the beautiful Grand Canyon National Park! To register, you must have an email address.

Sat, Sep 26, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - Bit.Ly/LCPLstorytime
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books... more
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books and songs to foster pre-literacy skills. bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Sun, Sep 27, 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - Bit.Ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer... more
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer picture book, read in its entirety. bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Tue, Sep 29, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - Bit.Ly/LCPLstorytime
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books... more
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books and songs to foster pre-literacy skills. bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Tue, Sep 29, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Zoom Room
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "An Extraordinary Union." Books for this Zoom discussion can be picked up during curbside hours... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "An Extraordinary Union." Books for this Zoom discussion can be picked up during curbside hours at Dyer-Schererville a month prior to the event.

Tue, Sep 29, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Did you know there's a herd of bison not far from Lake County? We'll visit them with the Nature Conservancy in this program! You must... more
Did you know there's a herd of bison not far from Lake County? We'll visit them with the Nature Conservancy in this program! You must have an email address to attend.