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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
Tue, Sep 17, 9:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Meeting Room C
The class is designed to help adults improve their English reading, writing and speaking skills, focusing on the necessary civic... more
The class is designed to help adults improve their English reading, writing and speaking skills, focusing on the necessary civic information to prepare for American citizenship.

Tue, Sep 17, 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 teaches early... more
Storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft, that teaches early literacy skills.

Tue, Sep 17, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
This half hour lap-sit program is for children ages birth to 23 months and their caregivers. We use songs, rhymes, and finger plays to... more
This half hour lap-sit program is for children ages birth to 23 months and their caregivers. We use songs, rhymes, and finger plays to encourage interaction and foster language development. 

Tue, Sep 17, 10:30am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room
Toddlers and their adult caregivers will enjoy a storytime with books, rhymes, music, and a craft.

Tue, Sep 17, 10:30am - 11:30am
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Join us for an informal conversation about the town of St. John and its history. While you're here, grab a cup of coffee (or tea or... more
Join us for an informal conversation about the town of St. John and its history. While you're here, grab a cup of coffee (or tea or cocoa) on us! Registration required.

Tue, Sep 17, 10:30am - 11:30am
Hobart - Children's Program Room
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan

Tue, Sep 17, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room
Preschool children will enjoy stories, songs, a craft and other activities. Please register all attendees so we may be able to count... more
Preschool children will enjoy stories, songs, a craft and other activities. Please register all attendees so we may be able to count you in our attendance.

Tue, Sep 17, 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, Sep 17, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Learn defensive driving techniques, safety strategies, and new traffic laws and rules of the road. $15 for AARP members; $20 for... more
Learn defensive driving techniques, safety strategies, and new traffic laws and rules of the road. $15 for AARP members; $20 for non-members. To register, call Jeanette Pike of AARP at 219-949-6307.

Tue, Sep 17, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids 4-5.

Tue, Sep 17, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Picture books, flannel boards, puppets, songs, fingerplays and a craft bring language to life in this fun program.

Tue, Sep 17, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Ages 10 and up come to make a craft using various materials.

Tue, Sep 17, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Come in and try Minecraft Pi. Play by yourself or with others. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Tue, Sep 17, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Preschoolers will enjoy stories, music, games, STEM, finger plays and make a craft.

Tue, Sep 17, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Library Seating Area
Receive individualized instruction in basic computer skills.
This event is full

Tue, Sep 17, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
Centier's Marsha Plesac will be talking about how you can spend and budget your money. This is part 2 of 4 in our Adulting Financial... more
Centier's Marsha Plesac will be talking about how you can spend and budget your money. This is part 2 of 4 in our Adulting Financial classes; one attendee will receive a $10 VISA Gift Card each class!

Canceled
Tue, Sep 17, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp
Boundless Book Club: During this club we will be reading aloud a book geared appropriately to age, vocabulary and interests of adults... more
Boundless Book Club: During this club we will be reading aloud a book geared appropriately to age, vocabulary and interests of adults with special needs/lower literacy. Join us for reading fun!

Tue, Sep 17, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room
Children (completed grades K-5) may free build with the library's LEGO® blocks or build a 'challenge' project. Constructions will be... more
Children (completed grades K-5) may free build with the library's LEGO® blocks or build a 'challenge' project. Constructions will be displayed in the library until the next LEGO® Club meeting.

Tue, Sep 17, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Parents from Lake Station Schools are encouraged to attend this informational session about Title One.

Tue, Sep 17, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Children ages K-6th are invited to join us for one hour of LEGO® building. Bring your friends, but please leave your own LEGOS® at home.

Tue, Sep 17, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Join us for the screening of an anime movie or TV series. Ages 12-18. Please Register. Snacks will be served.

Tue, Sep 17, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Highland - 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.

Tue, Sep 17, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Play a friendly game of Chess or Go.

Wed, Sep 18, 10:15am - 10:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregivers, will enjoy storytime, which involves 30 minutes of interactive rhymes, songs,... more
Children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregivers, will enjoy storytime, which involves 30 minutes of interactive rhymes, songs, stories and a craft.

Wed, Sep 18, 10:30am - 11:00am
Hobart - Children's Program 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.

Wed, Sep 18, 10:30am - 11:00am
Highland - 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.

Wed, Sep 18, 10:30am - 11:30am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Toddlers accompanied by an adult caregiver, will gain early literacy skills and enjoy stories, music, finger plays, and a craft.
This event is full

Wed, Sep 18, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room
Preschool children will enjoy stories, songs, a craft and other activities. Please register all attendees so we may be able to count... more
Preschool children will enjoy stories, songs, a craft and other activities. Please register all attendees so we may be able to count you in our attendance.

Wed, Sep 18, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
New and expectant parents will learn how to care for their baby during the first 6 months of infancy. Class is geared towards anyone... more
New and expectant parents will learn how to care for their baby during the first 6 months of infancy. Class is geared towards anyone preparing for baby including mom, dad, and grandparents.

Wed, Sep 18, 11:15am - 11:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregivers, will enjoy storytime, which involves 30 minutes of interactive rhymes, songs,... more
Children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregivers, will enjoy storytime, which involves 30 minutes of interactive rhymes, songs, stories and a craft.

Wed, Sep 18, 12:30pm - 2:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Bring your favorite yarn or thread project and enjoy some great company while you create! All crafters are welcome, no matter what craft... more
Bring your favorite yarn or thread project and enjoy some great company while you create! All crafters are welcome, no matter what craft you enjoy!

Wed, Sep 18, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Movie Wednesday features a romantic-comedy with a twist! Starring Rebel Wilson and Liam Helmsworth. PG-13, 1h 29min

Wed, Sep 18, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Merrillville - Quiet Study Room #3
Every Wednesday, in Quiet Study Room 3, 2020 Census recruiters will be available to help you apply for Census employment. Walk-ins are... more
Every Wednesday, in Quiet Study Room 3, 2020 Census recruiters will be available to help you apply for Census employment. Walk-ins are welcome!

Wed, Sep 18, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Create a marble maze on a ramp, using the provided recycled material. See how far your marble can travel through the maze you create!... more
Create a marble maze on a ramp, using the provided recycled material. See how far your marble can travel through the maze you create! Registration is required. Ages 6-15.

Wed, Sep 18, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Snacks will be served and plans will be made for upcoming projects. Bring your ideas and be prepared for a fun time.

Wed, Sep 18, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Storytime for preschoolers and their families. Enjoy an evening storytime with books, finger plays, and music. Feel free to wear pajamas!

Wed, Sep 18, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Create with perler beads. Supplies to make your designs into magnets or keychains will be provided. Please register.

Wed, Sep 18, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
How do you know if an email is real or a fraud? What do you do if someone calls and asks for your personal information? We'll show you... more
How do you know if an email is real or a fraud? What do you do if someone calls and asks for your personal information? We'll show you some common scams and share tips for spotting them.

Wed, Sep 18, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Different levels are available. Classes are free.

Wed, Sep 18, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Looking back at an event that occurred when he was 13, Frank explores how a complicated web of secrets, adultery, and betrayal shattered... more
Looking back at an event that occurred when he was 13, Frank explores how a complicated web of secrets, adultery, and betrayal shattered his Methodist family and their small 1961 Minnesota community.

Wed, Sep 18, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
This little island, in the center of the Indian Ocean is a real tropical paradise. Join us as we explore Mauritius and enjoy a local... more
This little island, in the center of the Indian Ocean is a real tropical paradise. Join us as we explore Mauritius and enjoy a local snack. Registration required.

Thu, Sep 19, 9:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Meeting Room C
The class is designed to help adults improve their English reading, writing and speaking skills, focusing on the necessary civic... more
The class is designed to help adults improve their English reading, writing and speaking skills, focusing on the necessary civic information to prepare for American citizenship.

Thu, Sep 19, 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, Sep 19, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Join us for a discussion of this inspirational title. Pick up a copy at the Highland Branch.

Thu, Sep 19, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Working with acrylics & canvas, participants will follow an example to create an original piece of art. A $20 cash fee covers all... more
Working with acrylics & canvas, participants will follow an example to create an original piece of art. A $20 cash fee covers all materials. Registration is required.

Thu, Sep 19, 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Learn to code by playing Minecraft or even making your own games. Recommended for grades 6th thru 12th. Beginners welcome!

Thu, Sep 19, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Inviting teens, ages 12-18, to LEGO® and Board Game Night. Stop in to build your creation or pick a board game to play instead. Please... more
Inviting teens, ages 12-18, to LEGO® and Board Game Night. Stop in to build your creation or pick a board game to play instead. Please register. Snacks will be provided.

Thu, Sep 19, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Celebrate Sewing Month by using a sewing machine to create some homemade crafts! Ages 11-18. Registration required.

Thu, Sep 19, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Rep. Chris Chyung will be hosting a Town Hall to meet with the public about Indiana issues.

Thu, Sep 19, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Working with acrylics & canvas, participants will follow an example to create an original piece of art. A $20 cash fee covers all... more
Working with acrylics & canvas, participants will follow an example to create an original piece of art. A $20 cash fee covers all materials. Registration is required.
This event is full

Thu, Sep 19, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program 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, Sep 19, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Please bring your digital camera! In this class members of the 3H Camera Club will teach you how to use your digital camera.... more
Please bring your digital camera! In this class members of the 3H Camera Club will teach you how to use your digital camera. Registration is required.