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Lake County Public Library

Patron Rules of Conduct Policy

These Patron Rules of Conduct were adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Lake County Public Library to promote a safe, attractive, and orderly atmosphere; to ensure every person’s ability to use the library and library materials to the maximum extent possible; and to have reasonable access to library facilities without interference from any other person. The policy cannot anticipate every possible event or situation.  Employees are expected to use their best judgement in the spirit of this policy. 

The Lake County Public Library supports the rights of all individuals to:

  • Friendly, courteous, and respectful service;

  • Free and equal access to information;

  • Privacy and confidentiality in their use of library services and collections;

  • A clean, comfortable, and pleasant environment; and

  • Use of the library undisturbed without threat of harm, interference, or discrimination.

Use of library facilities and resources implies acceptance of our Patron Rules of Conduct, which are based on these basic principles:

  • Respect other patrons and their right to have a positive experience of the library.

  • Respect library employees whose responsibility it is to help you get the most from your library experience and to maintain a safe and comfortable atmosphere for all patrons.

  • Respect all library facilities, materials, computers, equipment, and resources, and understand and follow rules related to their use.

Noise Policy

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. We welcome all ages and abilities and also protect the right of library users to speak/play at a respectful volume.

Lake County Public Library is committed to providing a safe and welcoming atmosphere for people of all ages and abilities. A wide variety of activities are encouraged in our buildings, including some activities that produce noise. Library users are welcome to converse, play and collaborate at a volume that is respectful to other library users. It is the responsibility of library staff to determine what noise level is best suited to the needs of its users. Please direct any noise complaints to library staff.

Respect of other patrons

To ensure individuals' rights to use the library free of disruption, library patrons shall be engaged in activities associated with the use of a public library while in the building. Patrons not engaged in reading, studying, using library materials or services, attending programs or classes, or viewing exhibits may be asked to leave the building.

Noise and conversations are expected to be kept at low levels out of consideration for other patrons. Bringing pets or animals into the Library, other than service animals necessary for accommodation, must be authorized by the Director.

Respect of library employees

The safety and security of our employees and patrons are of the utmost importance. Library employees have the right to a safe and respectful workplace environment. Patrons will use polite language and keep the tone of voice moderate.

Conduct that causes or threatens harm to others, interferes with library employees’ performance of duties, or constitutes persistent, unwanted behaviors will not be tolerated.

All patrons are expected to comply with reasonable requests of any library employee.

Respect of facilities, materials, computers, equipment, and resources

The Library is supported by taxpayers who reside in the Lake County Public Library district. These patrons expect our facilities to be clean, comfortable, and safe. It is expected that all library users will treat library materials, furniture, and equipment with care, and use library facilities, materials, and furnishings as intended.

Single-serving, dry snacks and covered beverages are permitted in most areas.

Soliciting is not permitted except in support of the library and sanctioned library activities. 

Enforcement of the Patron Rules of Conduct Policy

  • Library employees may at any time request that patrons show library cards and other documents (driver's license, school ID, e.g.) for purposes of identification.

  • The library reserves the right to inspect all bags, purses, briefcases, or backpacks for concealed library materials.

  • It is expected that patrons will follow federal, state, and local laws and policies. Library employees are authorized to call the police for assistance in the case of violent behavior or illegal activities; or to ensure enforcement of this policy.

  • Library employees have the authority to decide what is considered appropriate behavior and to enforce the Patron Rules of Conduct. Library staff will inform the patron of the relevant conduct policy and warn the patron that continued violation will result in a loss of privileges. Staff may ask the patron to leave the Library property for one day if they are uncooperative or argumentative. The Library reserves the right at all times to immediately eject a patron who is dangerous or in any way threatening employees or other patrons. In addition, the

  • Library may pursue remedies under Federal, State, or local law where applicable.

  • Unattended minors who do not abide by library rules and policies, or who exhibit unacceptable behavior, will be asked to leave, and/or call their parents for a ride home. If unable to reach their parents, or if a ride is unavailable, the children may be considered abandoned and the local police department will be called.

Suspension of Library Privileges

  • The Lake County Library Board of Trustees authorizes library staff and law enforcement officers to enforce the library’s published Patron Code of Conduct Policy up to and including long-term suspension of library privileges, permanent banning from the library or prosecution.

  • Depending on the nature and frequency of the behavior, consequences may include suspension of library privileges or permanent banning.  The Library Director has the authority to ban from the library premises any individual whose behavior is a sufficient threat to the ability of the library to operate in a safe manner or individuals who repeatedly violate the Patron Code of Conduct. If the individual facing exclusion is under the age of eighteen (18), then banning will not occur until the minor’s parent or guardian is notified in writing. 

  • Banning or exclusion from library premises denies the patron access to the building, grounds and services of any library within the Lake County Public Library system as well as from all telephone reference.  The individual will receive the suspension notice in writing and a copy will be kept at all library locations. The patron may still access from an offsite computer the library’s webpage and any databases available through that site.  

  • If any individual named in a suspension notice enters a Lake County Public Library before the return date listed on the suspension notice, it will be considered criminal trespass and the individual will be asked to leave. If the individual does not leave when asked, staff will contact local law enforcement.

  • Individuals who have had their library privileges suspended may appeal the suspension. The request must be in writing and will be evaluated by the Library Board.

  • It is the sole responsibility of the individual banned to apply for reinstatement of library privileges. These are not automatically available at the end of the period of exclusion. A Request for Resolution must be completed to be eligible for reinstatement.

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Upcoming Events
Wed, Jul 24, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Babies and toddlers birth to 23 months of age, accompanied by their caregivers, will enjoy this program filled with rhymes, books,... more
Babies and toddlers birth to 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, Jul 24, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Join fellow baby and toddler caregivers after our storytime for a cup of coffee or tea and some conversation. Storytime attendance is... more
Join fellow baby and toddler caregivers after our storytime for a cup of coffee or tea and some conversation. Storytime attendance is not required.

Wed, Jul 24, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Do you enjoy crafting? Do you wish you had friendly people to work with on those crafts? Bring your current project and enjoy the... more
Do you enjoy crafting? Do you wish you had friendly people to work with on those crafts? Bring your current project and enjoy the company every Wednesday! All crafts are welcome.

Wed, Jul 24, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Join us for an afternoon of making crafts! We will have a wide variety of craft supplies for you to create something special.
Registration is now closed

Wed, Jul 24, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Come hang out at the library and play the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii and board games! We provide the games...you bring your friends... more
Come hang out at the library and play the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii and board games! We provide the games...you bring your friends to join in on the fun! Ages 12-18.

Wed, Jul 24, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Children will learn about the important design and construction of a landfill by making their own edible version.
Registration is now closed

Wed, Jul 24, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Cedar Lake - Cedar Lake - Public Tables
Join us and work on your crafts at the library! Bring yarn and a size H crochet hook or size 7 knitting needles and cotton yarn - or... more
Join us and work on your crafts at the library! 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!

Wed, Jul 24, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
We'll watch episodes from an anime series. We'll also have art supplies on hand if you want to draw, sketch, or get creative or bring in... more
We'll watch episodes from an anime series. We'll also have art supplies on hand if you want to draw, sketch, or get creative or bring in your own sketchbook and projects to work on.

Wed, Jul 24, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Hobart - Programming Room
Adventurers wanted! Join us for summer role-playing sessions featuring perilous quests, intrepid evil, and an unforgettable journey.

Wed, Jul 24, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Join us for an hour of family fun with karaoke and refreshments! We have lots of Disney tunes to choose from!
Registration is now closed

Wed, Jul 24, 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Twin Oaks Park
Join us at Twin Oaks Park for a storytime in the park. This family storytime welcomes children ages 2-6 and their family members to... more
Join us at Twin Oaks Park for a storytime in the park. This family storytime welcomes children ages 2-6 and their family members to enjoy stories, songs, and fun.

Wed, Jul 24, 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Stuffed animals are invited to a campout with Cecily the Giraffe and Ray the Elephant.

Wed, Jul 24, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Join us for a game night for the grown ups. We will have board games and the Nintendo Switch.

Thu, Jul 25, 10:00am - 11:30am
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Children ages birth - 3, and their families, are invited to this program where they can explore and play with a variety of blocks. Block... more
Children ages birth - 3, and their families, are invited to this program where they can explore and play with a variety of blocks. Block play helps children develop motor and problem solving skills.

Thu, Jul 25, 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, Jul 25, 10:30am - 11:15am
Highland - Children's Programming Room
This is a storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids ages 4-6. Please register... more
This is a storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids ages 4-6. Please register each child and adult planning to attend.
This event is full

Thu, Jul 25, 10:30am - 11:15am
Highland - Meeting Room A
All Ability: Hangout is a program designed for adults with special needs. Each session we will read picture books and do an activity... more
All Ability: Hangout is a program designed for adults with special needs. Each session we will read picture books and do an activity centered around a theme. Caretakers must stay in the room.

Thu, Jul 25, 10:30am - 11:00am
Hobart - Children's Program Room
Join us as we read a story and enjoy sensory supporting stations of play. Space is limited. Please register every child and adult attending.
This event is full

Thu, Jul 25, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Small Group Room #2
Are you having laptop, smartphone, or tablet issues? Book this one-hour session to receive individualized assistance with your... more
Are you having laptop, smartphone, or tablet issues? Book this one-hour session to receive individualized assistance with your technology problems. Patron must bring their device with them.

Thu, Jul 25, 11:15am - 12:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
The Between the Lines book discussion group will read "The Lioness" by Chris Bohjalian. Books for this discussion can be picked up at... more
The Between the Lines book discussion group will read "The Lioness" by Chris Bohjalian. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the Dyer-Schererville branch a month prior to the event.

Thu, Jul 25, 11:30am - 12:15pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
Program for toddlers, 2 and 3 years of age, accompanied by a caregiver to participate in stories, finger plays, and music activities.... more
Program for toddlers, 2 and 3 years of age, accompanied by a caregiver to participate in stories, finger plays, and music activities. Activities will help to develop important pre-literacy skills.
This event is full

Thu, Jul 25, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A,Merrillville Zoom Room
Ever wondered how to take care of those old photographs, scrapbooks, and stories passed down from generation to generation? This session... more
Ever wondered how to take care of those old photographs, scrapbooks, and stories passed down from generation to generation? This session has got you covered.

Thu, Jul 25, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Join us for an informal and relaxed discussion of Sara Novic's "True Biz". Copies are available at the Munster branch.

Thu, Jul 25, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District presents Pollinator Heroes! Children, ages 6-11, will explore the importance of... more
Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District presents Pollinator Heroes! Children, ages 6-11, will explore the importance of pollinators in the food chain and environment with a hands-on activity.
This event is full

Thu, Jul 25, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Children, ages 5 and up, are invited to meet some local pond critters and do fun water experiments
This event is full

Thu, Jul 25, 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room
Join us as we read a story and enjoy sensory supporting stations of play. Space is limited. Please register every child and adult attending.

Thu, Jul 25, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Join us and play video games from across the decades during our summer game fest!

Thu, Jul 25, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hobart - Programming Room
Embrace your inner sleuth and work to solve a mystery using a Hunt a Killer Moon mystery set. Each session will feature a new goal.

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

Thu, Jul 25, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Join us for stories, songs, and dancing! Wear your pajamas if you wish!

Thu, Jul 25, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
During our next adult craft night, we'll create a field of lavender using acrylic paints on a square canvas. No painting experience... more
During our next adult craft night, we'll create a field of lavender using acrylic paints on a square canvas. No painting experience necessary!
This event is full

Fri, Jul 26, 10:00am - 10:30am
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
A representative from Patti's All American Gymnastics will be visiting and doing an interactive program with an obstacle course, a... more
A representative from Patti's All American Gymnastics will be visiting and doing an interactive program with an obstacle course, a craft, and a story for children ages 3-5!
This event is full

Fri, Jul 26, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Families of kids ages 11 and under are invited to dress up as your favorite book character and join us for a costume party. We'll have... more
Families of kids ages 11 and under are invited to dress up as your favorite book character and join us for a costume party. We'll have bookish games and activities. Registration Required.

Fri, Jul 26, 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Join us for a movie projected on the big screen!

Fri, Jul 26, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Join us for Movie Fridays. Every Friday, a different family film will be shown.

Fri, Jul 26, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Children of all ages and their families are invited to the library for some movie fun. Join us every Friday for old favorites as well as... more
Children of all ages and their families are invited to the library for some movie fun. Join us every Friday for old favorites as well as new titles.

Fri, Jul 26, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
The whole family can enjoy a fun movie at the library! Children must attend with an adult. Registration is required.

Fri, Jul 26, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
An ordinary LEGO construction worker is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the LEGO universe into eternal... more
An ordinary LEGO construction worker is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the LEGO universe into eternal stasis. Runtime: 101 mins; rated PG.

Fri, Jul 26, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hobart Branch - Children's Area
Meet and read to a local LCC K-9 comfort dog and its handler. LCC K-9 comfort dogs show kindness and calm to people throughout the... more
Meet and read to a local LCC K-9 comfort dog and its handler. LCC K-9 comfort dogs show kindness and calm to people throughout the community and beyond, making them excellent listeners.

Sat, Jul 27, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Children are welcome to come and open play chess in our meeting room! Chess boards will be provided if you don't have one!

Sat, Jul 27, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room
In this program participants will get the opportunity to read to a therapy dog. Ages 6-11. Registration is required.

Sat, Jul 27, 2:00pm - 4:50pm
Hobart - Programming Room
We will have an epic adventure watching this matinee film while munching on popcorn and candy and drinking coffee, lemonade, or water. ... more
We will have an epic adventure watching this matinee film while munching on popcorn and candy and drinking coffee, lemonade, or water. Rated PG-13; 170 minute runtime.

Mon, Jul 29, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Families are welcome to bring a picnic-style lunch and enjoy a movie at the library each Monday during Summer Reading. Rated PG; 105... more
Families are welcome to bring a picnic-style lunch and enjoy a movie at the library each Monday during Summer Reading. Rated PG; 105 minute runtime.

Mon, Jul 29, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Bring the whole family! The room will be lighter, the volume will be lower, and audience members can move around, talk, and sing. Snacks... more
Bring the whole family! The room will be lighter, the volume will be lower, and audience members can move around, talk, and sing. Snacks are welcome! Rated PG; 87 minute runtime.

Mon, Jul 29, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Teens & Tweens (9-17 years old) try to build the tallest, fastest, coolest roller coaster with miscellaneous recycled materials and... more
Teens & Tweens (9-17 years old) try to build the tallest, fastest, coolest roller coaster with miscellaneous recycled materials and building supplies. Please register.
This event is full

Mon, Jul 29, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Book Buddies will be discussing "The Reading List" by Sara Nisha Adams.

Mon, Jul 29, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
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.

Mon, Jul 29, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Hobart - Programming Room
Record your summer of adventures by journaling! You can submit (2) photos to hobart@lcplin.org the week prior, and we will print them in... more
Record your summer of adventures by journaling! You can submit (2) photos to hobart@lcplin.org the week prior, and we will print them in color for you to add that personal touch.

Tue, Jul 30, 10:15am - 11:00am
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Toddlers and their adult caregivers will enjoy a storytime with books, rhymes, music, and a craft.
This event is full

Tue, Jul 30, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Join us for a series of informative sessions about Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia with the Purdue Extension.

Tue, Jul 30, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Patrons are invited to engage in a livestream conversation with Dan Santat as he inspires tweens and teens to tell their own stories... more
Patrons are invited to engage in a livestream conversation with Dan Santat as he inspires tweens and teens to tell their own stories through graphic novels. The event will be shown on a large screen.

Tue, Jul 30, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
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Join a livestream chat with Dan Santat as he inspires tweens and teens to tell their own stories through graphic novels.

Tue, Jul 30, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Join us every other Tuesday to try out a new craft or art project, June 4 - July 30! All supplies provided. Please register.

Tue, Jul 30, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Merrillville - Small Group Room #3
Are you having laptop, smartphone, or tablet issues? Book this one-hour session to receive individualized assistance with your... more
Are you having laptop, smartphone, or tablet issues? Book this one-hour session to receive individualized assistance with your technology problems. Patron must bring their device with them.
This event is full

Wed, Jul 31, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Dyer-Schererville Branch - East Parking Lot
Come out and join us for our end of summer event!

Wed, Jul 31, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Do you enjoy crafting? Do you wish you had friendly people to work with on those crafts? Bring your current project and enjoy the... more
Do you enjoy crafting? Do you wish you had friendly people to work with on those crafts? Bring your current project and enjoy the company every Wednesday! All crafts are welcome.

Rescheduled
Wed, Jul 31, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
New date Tuesday, July 30, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Merrillville
Patrons are invited to engage in a livestream conversation with Dan Santat as he inspires tweens and teens to tell their own stories... more
Patrons are invited to engage in a livestream conversation with Dan Santat as he inspires tweens and teens to tell their own stories through graphic novels. The event will be shown on a large screen.

Wed, Jul 31, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
This program will focus on the Indiana Dunes National park's plants, animals and general ecology. Children will learn about the natural... more
This program will focus on the Indiana Dunes National park's plants, animals and general ecology. Children will learn about the natural world not so far from us and what park rangers do.

Wed, Jul 31, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room,Meeting Room A
Join us as we say goodbye to Summer Reading 2024 with games, crafts and refreshments (including ice cream!) Registration is required.

Wed, Jul 31, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Cedar Lake - Cedar Lake - Public Tables
Join us and work on your crafts at the library! Bring yarn and a size H crochet hook or size 7 knitting needles and cotton yarn - or... more
Join us and work on your crafts at the library! 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!

Thu, Aug 01, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Bring any low-mess craft (e.g., knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, coloring, origami, jewelry-making) and enjoy meeting and sharing ideas... more
Bring any low-mess craft (e.g., knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, coloring, origami, jewelry-making) and enjoy meeting and sharing ideas with other crafters in this twice-monthly club.

Thu, Aug 01, 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 01, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Join the discussion of Simply Lies, which is our Once Upon a Crime Mystery Book Club selection for August. Pick up a copy at the... more
Join the discussion of Simply Lies, which is our Once Upon a Crime Mystery Book Club selection for August. Pick up a copy at the Highland Branch.

Thu, Aug 01, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Merrillville - Small Group Room #3
Are you having laptop, smartphone, or tablet issues? Book this one-hour session to receive individualized assistance with your... more
Are you having laptop, smartphone, or tablet issues? Book this one-hour session to receive individualized assistance with your technology problems. Patron must bring their device with them.
This event is full

Thu, Aug 01, 6:00pm - 8:15pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
D&D comes to the Munster Branch Library! Join our campaign for Phandelver and Below: The Shattered Obelisk and get to the bottom of what... more
D&D comes to the Munster Branch Library! Join our campaign for Phandelver and Below: The Shattered Obelisk and get to the bottom of what is plaguing the town of Phandalin.