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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
Mon, Aug 19, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Painting class for adults. Work with acrylics & canvas on an easel, following instructor's example to create an original piece of art.... more
Painting class for adults. Work with acrylics & canvas on an easel, following instructor's example to create an original piece of art. $20 cash fee paid at the time of class covers all materials.

Mon, Aug 19, 10:30am - 11:15am
Hobart - Children's Program 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 19, 11:00am - 3:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Learn defensive driving techniques, safety strategies, new traffic laws and rules of the road. $15 for AARP members; $20 for... more
Learn defensive driving techniques, safety strategies, 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.

Mon, Aug 19, 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Business Meeting

Mon, Aug 19, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
4 and 5 year olds will hear stories and participate in music activities, rhymes, crafts, and other activities, with an emphasis on... more
4 and 5 year olds will hear stories and participate in music activities, rhymes, crafts, and other activities, with an emphasis on important early pre-reading skills.

Mon, Aug 19, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room
Storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids 4-5.

Mon, Aug 19, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Enjoy the cool comfort of the library & our big screen as you explore Athens, the capital of Greece, and its famous monuments and sites,... more
Enjoy the cool comfort of the library & our big screen as you explore Athens, the capital of Greece, and its famous monuments and sites, both ancient and modern.

Mon, Aug 19, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Would you like to help plan the St. John Library's future teen events? If so, join our Teen Advisory Board! You will earn volunteer... more
Would you like to help plan the St. John Library's future teen events? If so, join our Teen Advisory Board! You will earn volunteer hours while we discuss and plan future teen programs. Ages 11-17.

Mon, Aug 19, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
HHS Mental Health Counselor Heather Ganske will do a Q&A session to introduce the School City of Hobart guidance counseling system and... more
HHS Mental Health Counselor Heather Ganske will do a Q&A session to introduce the School City of Hobart guidance counseling system and answer any questions about coping with issues of all sizes.

Mon, Aug 19, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Financial Advisor Daniel Perez will cover 10 principles of investing that can help you achieve your goals and avoid common investing... more
Financial Advisor Daniel Perez will cover 10 principles of investing that can help you achieve your goals and avoid common investing mistakes. He will also discuss how to avoid financial fraud.

Mon, Aug 19, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Enjoy the cool comfort of the library & our big screen as you explore Athens, the capital of Greece, and its famous monuments and sites,... more
Enjoy the cool comfort of the library & our big screen as you explore Athens, the capital of Greece, and its famous monuments and sites, both ancient and modern.

Mon, Aug 19, 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 20, 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, Aug 20, 10:30am - 11:30am
Hobart - Children's Program Room
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

Tue, Aug 20, 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 20, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
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.

Tue, Aug 20, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
The Brain Fitness Camp is meant to engage aging adults in fun and interactive activities that challenge thinking and help participants... more
The Brain Fitness Camp is meant to engage aging adults in fun and interactive activities that challenge thinking and help participants stay mentally active.
This event is full

Tue, Aug 20, 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, Aug 20, 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, Aug 20, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Play bingo to win books and other cool prizes! Refreshments will be provided.

Tue, Aug 20, 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, Aug 20, 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, Aug 20, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
This free class, offered by Linda Bolan, will focus on the four parts of Medicare, enrollment requirements, deadlines, and Medicare fees... more
This free class, offered by Linda Bolan, will focus on the four parts of Medicare, enrollment requirements, deadlines, and Medicare fees and benefits.

Tue, Aug 20, 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, Aug 20, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Play a friendly game of Chess or Go.

Wed, Aug 21, 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, Aug 21, 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, Aug 21, 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.

Wed, Aug 21, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
An experienced labor nurse will help expectant parents prepare for labor by providing education and advice on the labor experience. She... more
An experienced labor nurse will help expectant parents prepare for labor by providing education and advice on the labor experience. She will help parents feel prepared for the birth of their baby. 

Wed, Aug 21, 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, Aug 21, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
A couple find themselves in over their heads when they foster three children. PG-13; 2 hours

Wed, Aug 21, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Lake Station - Patio
This month we will be making art in a fun and creative way for our monthly STEAM program! Prepare to get messy and please wear old... more
This month we will be making art in a fun and creative way for our monthly STEAM program! Prepare to get messy and please wear old clothes. Registration is required. Ages 6-15.

Wed, Aug 21, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
$35* is due at time of class. Participants who successfully complete the course will earn a CPR Course completion card valid for 2... more
$35* is due at time of class. Participants who successfully complete the course will earn a CPR Course completion card valid for 2 years. Taught by certified CPR instructor, Paula Thompson, RN.
This event is full

Wed, Aug 21, 6:00pm - 6:45pm
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, Aug 21, 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, Aug 21, 6:00pm - 8:15pm
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.

Wed, Aug 21, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
When a map is found in the walls of a bistro, it at first seems no more than a curiosity. Given to Gamache on the first day of his new... more
When a map is found in the walls of a bistro, it at first seems no more than a curiosity. Given to Gamache on the first day of his new job, the map leads him to secrets of a friend and an adversary.

Wed, Aug 21, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Take a walking tour of Havana, meeting singers, dancers, chefs, and more. Visit the Cuba that just re-opened to Americans. Join us as we... more
Take a walking tour of Havana, meeting singers, dancers, chefs, and more. Visit the Cuba that just re-opened to Americans. Join us as we explore Cuba and enjoy a local snack. Registration required.