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English as a Second Language (ESL)

English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Different levels are available. Classes are free.


Phone: 219-769-3541

Branch manager

Mon, Aug 08 10:00AM to 8:30PM
Tue, Aug 09 10:00AM to 8:30PM
Wed, Aug 10 10:00AM to 8:30PM
Thu, Aug 11 10:00AM to 8:30PM
Fri, Aug 12 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Sat, Aug 13 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Sun, Aug 14 Closed

About the branch

The Merrillville branch library encompasses over 114,000 sq ft of electronic and print resources, and visual and musical collections. The library offers free WIFI, public internet computers, rooms for quiet study or small groups, and public meeting rooms. Our vast collections of Lake County history and genealogy sources make the Merrillville branch a popular destination for research by visitors from all around the country.

Merrillville branch has three fantastic floors of informational and recreational materials. The main floor contains our popular collection of new books, large-print material, magazines and newspapers, teen, anime, and an enormous selection of music and DVDs. Our Genealogy Room has numerous resources including microfilm of local newspapers, obituary indexes, and many other historical resources. Our Book Sale room, open during select hours Monday-Saturday, is full of unique finds. 

The Upper Level includes tables for quiet study, a tremendous reference collection, our “Indiana Room” for specialized Hoosier historical research, and our locally known statue “The Reader” by artist Hermann Gurfinkel.

The entire lower level houses our bright and airy Children's Department where children will find fun games, books, music and magazines to fulfill their reading pleasure as well as attend engaging kids’ programs. This is also where our public meeting rooms are located, where our library events and programs are held.

Upcoming events

Thu, Aug 11, 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Meeting Room A

Fri, Aug 12, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Meeting Room A

Sat, Aug 13, 9:25am - 4:00pm
Meeting Room A

Mon, Aug 15, 3:30pm - 6:00pm
Meeting Room A

Thu, Aug 18, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Genealogy Room

Sat, Aug 27, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room B
This event is full

Thu, Sep 01, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Children's Programming Room

Tue, Sep 06, 10:30am - 10:50am
Children's Programming Room

Tue, Sep 06, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Meeting Room A

Wed, Sep 07, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Children's Programming Room

Thu, Sep 08, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Meeting Room B