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Borrowing Privileges

Library cards are available at all locations!

To Get Your Library Card:

  • Complete an application form online.

  • When you come to the library to borrow physical materials for the first time, present photo identification. If your photo ID has your current address, that's all you need. If not, please bring another piece of suitable identification.

  • You are responsible for all items checked out on your card.

  • The fee to replace a lost card is $1.00.

  • New library card holders are limited to checking out 2 items for the first 2 weeks.

Questions? Contact the Circulation Department at 219-769-3541, ext. 364.

Types of Library Card:

Full Access Card (Resident)

  • You live in one of the following school districts (or own property or a business located in these districts):

    • Griffith Public Schools • Hanover Community School Corporation • Highland School Town • Hobart School City • Lake Central School Corporation
    • Lake Ridge Schools • Lake Station Community Schools • Merrillville Community School • Munster School Town • River Forest Community School Corporation

    Not sure? Check our map to see all the library districts of Lake County or enter your address here (Use the Search by Address tab) to see which library district you pay taxes to.

  • You have priority access to materials at all 9 of our locations as well as full digital access (ebooks, audiobooks, music, research databases, etc).

 

Limited Access Card (Reciprocal)

  • You live in a district which pays taxes to another library system, or you are a non-resident teacher or student, or your card has been issued to a business or institution, not to an individual.

  • You have limited borrowing privileges at the Lake County Public Library, but may upgrade your card to Full Access. Here's how it works:

    • Upgrading costs $44/year

    • You get complete access to all of our materials

    • You can check out up to 50 items at a time, including more DVDs

    • You can use our inter-library loan services and make purchase requests

 

Borrowing Privileges for Non-Residents, Teachers, Businesses, and Students


Gold or Silver Card

Recognizing the importance of volunteers and their service, the Lake County Public Library presents special "fine free" library cards.

Adult Gold Cards

Volunteers (18 years or older) who complete 100 hours of service will earn a Gold Card. The Gold Card may only be used by the named cardholder and not by any other family member.

Juvenile Silver Cards

Juvenile volunteers (under the age of 18) who complete 50 hours of volunteer service will earn a Silver Card. The Silver Card may only be used by the named cardholder and not by any other family member. The card will expire on the 18th birthday of the cardholder but can be renewed annually as long as the volunteer is actively volunteering. The Silver cardholder has until his/her 21st birthday to earn the additional 50 volunteers hours to convert to a Gold card.

Gold and Silver Cardholders' Responsibilities

  • Do not lend card to family members or friends.

  • Use your card (library purges all library cards after three years with no use).

  • Renew or return materials if you receive an overdue notice.

  • Pay for lost or damaged materials when you are billed.

  • Follow the Library's Code of Conduct.

Failure to follow the above could result in loss of your special library card privileges.

Upcoming Events
Thu, Aug 22, 10:30am - 11:15am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
Toddlers 2 and 3 years of age accompanied by a caregiver will participate in stories, finger plays, music activities, crafts, and more.... more
Toddlers 2 and 3 years of age accompanied by a caregiver will participate in stories, finger plays, music activities, crafts, and more. Activities will help to develop important pre-literacy skills.

Thu, Aug 22, 10:30am - 12:30pm
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 22, 10:30am - 12:45pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Join us for this month's Classic Film selection: Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo! Rated PG. Runtime: 128 minutes. Refreshments will be... more
Join us for this month's Classic Film selection: Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo! Rated PG. Runtime: 128 minutes. Refreshments will be served. Registration Required.

Thu, Aug 22, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Join us for an informal and relaxed discussion of Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. Copies are available at the Munster... more
Join us for an informal and relaxed discussion of Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. Copies are available at the Munster branch.

Thu, Aug 22, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Adults can try all types of sports activities on the Nintendo Wii including bowling, golf, archery, racing, and more! Wii is easy to... more
Adults can try all types of sports activities on the Nintendo Wii including bowling, golf, archery, racing, and more! Wii is easy to learn, and lots of fun! Registration required.

Thu, Aug 22, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Children in grades K-6 are invited to join us for one hour of LEGO® building. Bring your friends, but please leave your own LEGOS® at... more
Children in grades K-6 are invited to join us for one hour of LEGO® building. Bring your friends, but please leave your own LEGOS® at home.

Thu, Aug 22, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Bring your projects and join us. Chat with fellow crafters and work on your project without the interruptions of home. All are welcome.

Thu, Aug 22, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
12-year-old Kyle witnesses a car accident & takes a mysterious bundle from the scene.  Detective Cassie Dewell may be in over her head... more
12-year-old Kyle witnesses a car accident & takes a mysterious bundle from the scene.  Detective Cassie Dewell may be in over her head facing a murderous enemy, & Kyle may be the key to it all.

Fri, Aug 23, 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Come play chess with us! All levels of experience are welcome. We can accommodate 20 people playing at the same time. Jeffrey Graves is... more
Come play chess with us! All levels of experience are welcome. We can accommodate 20 people playing at the same time. Jeffrey Graves is the program facilitator.

Sat, Aug 24, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Make knitted hats using looms & yarn provided. No experience is necessary--it's fast & easy.

Sat, Aug 24, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Join us for Movie Time with popcorn and beverages as we watch Captain Marvel. PG-13 ; 100 minutes

Sat, Aug 24, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
This bi-monthly session is an opportunity for non-native speakers with intermediate knowledge of Spanish to practice listening and... more
This bi-monthly session is an opportunity for non-native speakers with intermediate knowledge of Spanish to practice listening and conversation skills with the help of a bilingual guide.