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Principles of Access/Circulation Policy

Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Lake County Public Library - 6/29/17

Purpose

The mission of the Lake County Public Library (LCPL) is to provide the highest quality informational, educational, cultural, and recreational resources and services to residents of all ages in the Lake County Public Library District.

Principles of Access

The principles of access to library materials are embodied and expressed in the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights and its Interpretations and its Freedom to Read Statement, which have been adopted by the Trustees of the Lake County Public Library.

The Board of Trustees has established policies that foster the widest possible access to the library’s materials and services. Access will not be denied or abridged because of religious, racial, social, economic, or political status; or because of mental, emotional, or physical condition; age; or sexual orientation. The Library abides by the Americans with Disabilities Act and will endeavor to make reasonable accommodation to provide access to library materials for people with impairments.

Residents of the LCPL district are eligible for full access cards. Per IC 36-12-2-25 limited access cards are provided to any eligible individuals. The director is responsible for determining the borrowing limits, circulation rules, and guidelines for both full access and limited access cards.

The use of the library may be denied for due cause. Such cause may be failure to return library materials or to pay penalties, destruction of library property, disturbance of other patrons, or any other illegal, disruptive, or objectionable conduct on library premises.

Rights of Library Users

It is the policy of the Board of Trustees of the Lake County Public Library to insure, so far as possible, the privacy of the users of its service and not to make any inquiries into the purposes for which a patron requests information or books.

Library circulation records are for the sole purpose of protecting public property and are not to be used either directly or indirectly to identify the types of materials used by individual library patrons. Under no circumstances shall the library staff answer to a third party about what a patron of the library is reading or calling for from the library’s collections.

Furthermore, such records shall not be made available to any agency of local, state or federal government except pursuant to such process, order, or subpoena as may be authorized under the authority of, and pursuant to, local, state or federal law relating to civil, criminal, or administrative discovery procedures or legislative investigatory power.

The Board of Trustees shall resist the enforcement of any such process, order, or subpoena until such time as a proper showing of good cause has been made in a court of competent jurisdiction. Moreover, any costs incurred by the library in any search through patron records, even under a court order, shall be chargeable to the agency demanding the search.

Responsibilities of Library Users

Card holders are responsible for all materials borrowed or accessed through their card or the cards of children (under the age of 18) for whom they have assumed responsibility. Lost cards should be reported immediately; card holders are responsible for all materials on their card up to the time that they report the card as lost.

The LCPL Board of Trustees believes that parents are responsible for guiding their children’s use of library resources. Parents may choose to monitor or limit the library use of their own child. Standards applied by a child’s parents for that child shall not be imposed on anyone else’s child.

For information relating to fines and fees for full access library cards and lost, damaged or overdue material, refer to the Fines and Fees Policy adopted by the Lake County Public Library Board of Trustees.

The Lake County Public Library is a member of a variety of resource sharing consortia that provide additional access to resources and services for cardholders. Rules for access to these materials are governed by the policies of individual consortia members and may vary.

Adopted 11/22/71
Revised 01/28/82
Revised 10/28/82
Revised 05/23/85
Revised 01/22/87
Revised 04/28/88
Revised 10/27/94
Revised 12/30/97
Revised 04/22/99
Revised 6/29/17

Upcoming Events
Mon, Jan 18, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Merrillville
In honor of MLK Day, get free legal advice from NWI lawyers. Reserve your spot via email, or get in a waiting room to have a brief, free... more
In honor of MLK Day, get free legal advice from NWI lawyers. Reserve your spot via email, or get in a waiting room to have a brief, free chat with a volunteer lawyer.

Mon, Jan 18, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in elementary grades are invited to join us for a special MLK-themed book break.

Mon, Jan 18, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Zoom
The Legacy Foundation's newest community conversation series begins with a discussion of Colson Whiteheads's The Underground Railroad. ... more
The Legacy Foundation's newest community conversation series begins with a discussion of Colson Whiteheads's The Underground Railroad. The Griffith-Calumet Twp branch will host a discussion via Zoom.

Mon, Jan 18, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Virtual class is for high beginners and intermediate... more
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Virtual class is for high beginners and intermediate level students. Classes are free.

Tue, Jan 19, 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.

Tue, Jan 19, 10:30am - 11:30am
Hobart Branch - Zoom
Our January 2021 title is Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. Pick up a copy at the Hobart curbside and join us for a virtual chat! Contact... more
Our January 2021 title is Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. Pick up a copy at the Hobart curbside and join us for a virtual chat! Contact us at hobart@lcplin.org for event details.

Tue, Jan 19, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Merrillville
Join rangers as they explore the Hearst Castle live and talk about William Randolph Hearst's vast collection of world art. You'll need... more
Join rangers as they explore the Hearst Castle live and talk about William Randolph Hearst's vast collection of world art. You'll need an email address to register.

Wed, Jan 20, 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.

Rescheduled
Wed, Jan 20, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
New date Tuesday, January 12, 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Journey into the secret world of carnivorous plants with Longwood Gardens! You will need an email address to sign up.

Rescheduled
Wed, Jan 20, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
New date Tuesday, January 19, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Join rangers as they explore the Hearst Castle live and talk about William Randolph Hearst's vast collection of world art. You'll need... more
Join rangers as they explore the Hearst Castle live and talk about William Randolph Hearst's vast collection of world art. You'll need an email address to register.

Wed, Jan 20, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Join us for our virtual teen book club! This month we will be reading and discussing "Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda" by Becky... more
Join us for our virtual teen book club! This month we will be reading and discussing "Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda" by Becky Albertalli. Registration is required. Ages 12-18

Wed, Jan 20, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
LCPL Zoom Meeting - Zoom Room
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Virtual class is for high beginners and intermediate... more
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Virtual class is for high beginners and intermediate level students. Classes are free.

Thu, Jan 21, 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.

Fri, Jan 22, 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.

Sat, Jan 23, 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.

Sun, Jan 24, 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.

Mon, Jan 25, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet twp Library - Zoom
Our January title is "The Friend" by Sigrid Nunez. Pick up a copy at the Griffith curbside and join us for a virtual chat! Email... more
Our January title is "The Friend" by Sigrid Nunez. Pick up a copy at the Griffith curbside and join us for a virtual chat! Email required. Contact us at griffith@lcplin.org for event details.

Mon, Jan 25, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Virtual class is for high beginners and intermediate... more
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Virtual class is for high beginners and intermediate level students. Classes are free.

Tue, Jan 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.

Tue, Jan 26, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
How do elephant seals live in the frigid winter waters of the ocean? What lets them live in such an extreme way? Find out with a visit... more
How do elephant seals live in the frigid winter waters of the ocean? What lets them live in such an extreme way? Find out with a visit to their habitat! You will need an email address to attend.

Tue, Jan 26, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Zoom
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan." Books for this Zoom discussion can be picked up at the... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan." Books for this Zoom discussion can be picked up at the Dyer-Schererville branch a month prior to the event.

Tue, Jan 26, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Teens are invited to play the popular game of deception, Among Us. We will work together to find the impostor. Is it your friend? Could... more
Teens are invited to play the popular game of deception, Among Us. We will work together to find the impostor. Is it your friend? Could it be you? You appear to be a little sus. Ages 11 - 17.

Wed, Jan 27, 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.

Wed, Jan 27, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Could you survive Glacier Bay? Find out how many animals and people do that every day with this National Park program. Email address is... more
Could you survive Glacier Bay? Find out how many animals and people do that every day with this National Park program. Email address is required to register.

Wed, Jan 27, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
LCPL Zoom Meeting - Zoom Room
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Virtual class is for high beginners and intermediate... more
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Virtual class is for high beginners and intermediate level students. Classes are free.