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If your items can renew, they will!

Automatic Renewals at Lake County Public Library

Please Note: Some items are not eligible for renewals.

You have plenty of things to worry about - renewing your library materials shouldn't be one of them. That's why we created automatic renewals. Now, eligible items will automatically renew themselves without you having to lift a finger.

What Gets Renewed? How Many Times? How Do I Know?

14-Day DVDS: 6 Renewals
New (3-Day) DVDS: 0 Renewals
Books: 6 Renewals
Bestseller Express Books: 0 Renewals
Tech Devices: 1 Renewal


Holds/requests override renewals! If another patron is waiting on an item and places a hold on it, the item will not renew itself.

However, if the library fills that hold request with another copy, there is a chance that you or a staff member can manually renew the item. The automatic renewal system tries to renew an item three days before it is due. If it can't, it won't try again even if the hold is filled - so that's your window for manual renewal.

If you're signed up for texts or email notifications you'll get a message letting you know what's due, what isn't, and how many renewals you have left on each of your items. You can also sign into your account any time to check on due dates and renewals.

Tell Me More About These Notifications

If you have activated text and/or email notifications for your library account, you'll receive renewal notifications. If you have not then your items will still be renewed, but you won't be notified.

When an item that is renewable is almost due, our system will automatically renew it for you and send you an email or text letting you know. The due date advances the appropriate amount based on the material. So, if you have a book due on the 16th, the system will send you an email a few days in advance letting you know that your item is now due on the 30th.

How Do I Sign Up?

All LCPL patrons are already signed up for automatic renewals! You may want to give us your email address or phone number to receive notifications, though.

If you do not yet receive email notifications, but would like to, simply send an email containing your library bar code to:

circsvs (at) lcplin (dot) org

You can also ask to sign up for email or text notifications in person at any of our branches or over the phone.

What Does an Automatic Renewal eMail Look Like?

The email will come from notices (at) lcplin (dot) org. Subject: A reminder from your library. The first section shows what was renewed and how many renewals are left. The second section shows items checked out that have NOT been renewed, their due dates, and whether they are eligible for renewal or due

Why Am I Not Receiving My Notices?

Automatic renewal notices typically go out three days before an item is due. Even if the item can not be renewed, you should still receive a notice stating that the item is almost due.

If you have not received any email notices, give us a call. It could be that there's a typo in the email address we have on record for you, or maybe we have an old address on file.

Upcoming Events
Sat, Aug 20, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Bring your craft projects from home and join us to chat with fellow crafters and work on your project without the interruptions of home.... more
Bring your craft projects from home and join us to chat with fellow crafters and work on your project without the interruptions of home. All are welcome.

Sat, Aug 20, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hobart - Programming Room
A selection of board games will be provided for you and fellow teens to play. Registration is required. Ages 12 - 18

Mon, Aug 22, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
De-stress and relax with pencils and coloring sheets provided by the library -- or bring your own!

Mon, Aug 22, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Play Scrabble or other games with friends and meet new ones. Games will be provided but feel free to bring your own. Join the fun!

Mon, Aug 22, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Join us at the library to create your own scarecrow decoration. Registration is required. Supplies will be provided. Ages 15 and up.

Mon, Aug 22, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
Discover how the interview process has changed. Also, learn what you can do to prepare for face-to-face, virtual, or phone interviews.

Tue, Aug 23, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
Bring your current painting projects/materials for an opportunity to chat and create!

Tue, Aug 23, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Join the Fact or Fiction Book Club in discussing "My Last Continent" by Midge Raymond. Copies are available at the Highland Branch.

Tue, Aug 23, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Dyer-Schererville Zoom Room
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "The Girl with the Louding Voice" by Abe Daré. Books for this Zoom discussion can be picked up at... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "The Girl with the Louding Voice" by Abe Daré. Books for this Zoom discussion can be picked up at the Dyer-Schererville branch a month prior to the event.

Tue, Aug 23, 4:00pm - 5:45pm
Cedar Lake - 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 23, 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Using the latest research findings, Dr. Luke Leisman of the University of Illinois Chicago Circle will discuss if there are galaxies we... more
Using the latest research findings, Dr. Luke Leisman of the University of Illinois Chicago Circle will discuss if there are galaxies we can't see and how galaxies form.

Wed, Aug 24, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Bring your favorite yarn or thread project and enjoy some great company while you create! All crafters and crafts are welcome!

Wed, Aug 24, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Learn the basic concepts to start your family tree research. This includes where do I start, what records do I need and how do I put... more
Learn the basic concepts to start your family tree research. This includes where do I start, what records do I need and how do I put everything together.

Thu, Aug 25, 11:15am - 1:15pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Like to cross-stitch, knit, crochet, or do any other craft? Every Thursday, bring and work on your own project while enjoying the... more
Like to cross-stitch, knit, crochet, or do any other craft? Every Thursday, bring and work on your own project while enjoying the company of others.

Thu, Aug 25, 11:15am - 12:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "The Girl with the Louding Voice" by Abi Daré. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "The Girl with the Louding Voice" by Abi Daré. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the Dyer-Schererville branch a month prior to the event.

Thu, Aug 25, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Join us for an informal and relaxed discussion of Jennifer Haigh's "Faith." Copies are available at the Munster branch.

Thu, Aug 25, 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Celebrate the 83rd anniversary of the Wizard of Oz's premiere with a family viewing in the large meeting room. Rated G. 1 hr 52 min

Thu, Aug 25, 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Merrillville - Staff Meeting Room
Meeting of the Lake County Public Library Board of Trustees

Sat, Aug 27, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Interested in any of the needle arts including knit, crochet, cross-stitch, and more? Join us for an opportunity to chat and create. ... more
Interested in any of the needle arts including knit, crochet, cross-stitch, and more? Join us for an opportunity to chat and create. Bring your own projects.
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