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Need a place for your group to meet? Check our policy for using our public meeting rooms.

Public Meeting Room Use Policy

Purpose

The library encourages public use of meeting rooms as gathering places to exchange ideas; access and share information and participate in programs created for public enjoyment, public education and civic engagement. The meeting rooms will be available on an equitable basis regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use. Permission to meet at the Library does not in any way constitute or imply endorsement of the users’ policies, beliefs or programs by the Library staff or Board of Trustees.

Apply to use a public meeting room! (Small group rooms do not require an application.)

Virtual Meeting Rooms are now in beta!

Room Use Priority

Priority will be given to: Library sponsored and co-sponsored activities and events. All other groups will be given consideration on a first-come/first-served basis. The Library reserves the right to reschedule confirmed meeting room reservations to accommodate library meetings or events. In such rare instances, the Library will make every reasonable effort to give ample notice and to assist the group in reserving another date or library meeting room.

Eligibility

Meeting rooms are available for non-commercial use by local not-for-profit organizations, governmental agencies, and educational entities.

  • Local refers to non-profit organizations based in or serving residents of the Lake County Public Library district.

  • Groups are considered not-for-profit when their mission serves an educational, cultural, charitable, political or civic purpose. Not-for-profits include 501(c)3, 501(c)4, 501(c)5, 501(c)6, 501(c)7, 501(c)8 corporations. Meeting room reservations requests by not-for-profit organizations must include a copy of the 501(c) certificate. This requirement may be waived by the Director in the case of local, organized, small not-for-profit unincorporated associations that provide other supporting documentation.

  • The person filling out a meeting room reservation request on behalf of the group must have a resident library card in good standing from Lake County Public Library and be at least 18 years old. Exceptions to this requirement may be made for representatives of federal, Indiana, or local agencies or political subdivisions.

  • First time users must submit an application for use. The Library reserves the right to review each prospective meeting room request and determine whether the group qualifies and the planned use fits within the guidelines and terms of Library policies and this Meeting Room Agreement.

Meeting Room Fees

Eligible groups may reserve and use library meeting rooms for non-commercial activities without charge under the following conditions:

  • The group is a local not-for-profit organization, governmental agency, or educational entity

  • The meeting is open to all people who wish to attend.

  • No fees or donations are collected or solicited for admission or participation in the meeting or event. No fundraising takes place during the meeting.

A local not-for-profit organization, governmental agency, or educational entity using the room for non-commercial activities will be charged the rental fees* listed under the following conditions:

  • Meetings are not open to and advertised to the general public, e.g., board meetings, committee meetings, training sessions, and the like.

  • A group has restricted attendance to a limited or designated audience.

  • The group requires an exchange of money, goods, or services for attendance (regardless of the exchange being on or off our premises). This includes meetings held by federal tax exempt organizations as well as governmental agencies.


Meeting Room Capacity Fee
Merrillville - Meeting Rm A 150 $150
Cedar Lake 50 $50
Griffith-Calumet 50 $50
Hobart 30 $50
Lake Station-New Chicago 50 $50
St. John 50 $50
Dyer-Schererville - Whole 50 $50
Munster 50 $50
Highland 50 $50
Merrillville - Meeting Rm B 25 $50
Dyer-Schererville - Half 35 $25
Merrillville - Meeting Rm C 15 $25
Merrillville - Meeting Rm D 15 $25

Cleaning Fees: Hourly Rate

Reservations

To insure and promote the accessibility of library meeting rooms to a wide variety of community groups eligible groups may:

  • book three consecutive meetings system-wide at a time on a rolling basis.

  • reserve meeting rooms up to 6 months in advance, as available, up to 20 times a year.

  • only use rooms during normal library operational hours, Monday – Saturday.

Acceptable Use Guidelines

  • No sale of goods or services, fundraising, or solicitation for future sales or services will be permitted without prior Library Administration approval. “Solicitation” is any act or attempt to advertise, market, or sell any product or service; to seek membership in any organization; or to obtain a donation/contribution. This includes the collection of “free-will” offerings. Public property, such as Library buildings, facilities, parking lots, grounds and other real property, is held in trust for the public. It is to be used for governmental and public purposes and governmental property is not to be used for private gain.

  • Library meeting rooms are designed to meet general, non-commercial, informational, educational, cultural and civic needs. Excluded are purely social events which include but are not limited to parties or entertainment and meetings for the benefit of private individuals.

  • The meeting room kitchens are not intended for cooking, but to provide a convenient space for the preparation of light refreshments. No meals may be served unless prior approval is given in writing by Library Administration.

  • All activities and programs conducted in library buildings must comply with federal, state, and local laws and are subject to the rules, regulations, and policies of the Library.

  • Meeting rooms are not available if the Library is closed due to an emergency or inclement weather.

  • Library personnel have free access to enter any meeting room at any time. The Library Board has vested in Library personnel the authority to supervise meeting room use and to interpret policy; however, final authority rests with the Library Director.

Responsibility of User

  • The group must have a signed application on file agreeing to our policies, to be signed on an annual basis by an authorized representative of the group. The individual agrees to be the responsible party. If unavoidable circumstances prevent attendance by the applicant, he/she is still personally responsible for the proper use of the facility and payment for any damage. 

  • Minimum attendance may be required. Groups must stay within the designated maximum seating capacities of assigned rooms.

  • Cancellations by groups must be received by the Library at least 48 hours in advance. A penalty in room use privileges may be imposed on groups who do not cancel their meetings by the designated deadlines.

  • Any publicity materials must clearly indicate that the program is under the sponsorship of the group and not the Lake County Public Library.

  • The Library will provide basic housekeeping service such as regular cleaning as part of meeting room maintenance. Any additional cleaning or repair required beyond normal library maintenance will be billed at an hourly rate. The cost of any materials required for any repair will be billed to the responsible party.

  • Excessive amounts of garbage (beyond the capacity of trash receptacles provided in the meeting room) must be removed by the room user to outside trash receptacles.

  • The Library is unable to provide storage space for materials or equipment between meetings.

  • Children and youth groups are required to use the meeting rooms under adult supervision.

  • All meetings must be over and the rooms vacated 30 minutes before the library closes. 

Meeting Room Amenities

  • Kitchen

  • Screen

  • Podium

  • Wifi

  • Each meeting room is equipped with a standard number of tables and chairs. A group may change this arrangement for their specific use. Furniture should be left in a clean, neat, and orderly arrangement at the close of the meeting.

Revocation and Refusal of Authorization for Use

Authorization to use library facilities may be revoked. Persons or organizations refused the use of the meeting rooms or persons or organizations whose privileges to use the meeting rooms have been revoked shall have the right to appeal in writing to the Library Director. Such appeals must be submitted in writing within 10 days after notice of the refusal to use the meeting rooms or the revocation of use of the meeting rooms.

The privilege of using Library meeting rooms will not be granted or will be revoked if the activities or intended activities of the meeting room users negatively impact normal operations in any of the following ways:

  • The meeting is conducted in a noisy, disorderly or inflammatory manner.

  • The size of the meeting presents personal safety or building security issues, or creates an undue parking demand on library lots or the surrounding neighborhood.

  • The activities of meeting room users disrupt or will be disruptive to other library patrons’ use of library facilities or distract library staff from the performance of their duties.

  • The meeting room users neglect to pay all required fees, or neglect to pay for damages to the meeting room.

  • Misrepresentation of information supplied on Meeting Room Agreement form

  • Repeated failure to show up for scheduled reservations or frequent cancellations

  • Physical abuse of facilities and/or equipment

  • Failure to adequately supervise participants of meeting

  • Failure to vacate the room by the scheduled reservation time

  • Violation of Library Policies

Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Lake County Public Library - 10/26/95
Revised - 3/25/04
Revised - 5/26/16
Revised - 3/23/17
Revised - 8/29/19

*ST-105 General Sales Tax Exemption Certificate is required.

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Small Group Room Guidelines  

Lake County Public Library provides small group rooms for the use of eligible cardholders.

The rooms may be used in accordance with the following guidelines:

  • Eligible Users must be at least 18 years old and and present their own LCPL card for small group room use. (In House Use cards are acceptable for small group room bookings).
  • The library cardholder who booked the small group room is responsible for other users and must remain in the small group room.
  • Users are limited to one 2-hour reservation per day.
    • After two hours of use, users may continue until the room is reserved for a new user.
    • Please be respectful to staff and other users by leaving the room quickly (within 5 minutes) when notified that time has ended.
  • Reservations accepted up to 2 months in advance.
  • Users may have up to 2 reservations at a time – limited to one reservation per day.
  • Room users may not exceed a room’s capacity.
  • Library staff are not responsible for personal belongings left unattended.
  • Small group rooms unoccupied for more than 15 minutes may be reserved by another user.
  • Small group rooms close 15-minutes before the branch closing time.

Violation of these guidelines or the Library’s Rules of Conduct could result in loss of Small Group Room Privileges.

Issued: Administration
Issued: 3/8/2018

Upcoming Events
Sat, Aug 20, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Bring your craft projects from home and join us to chat with fellow crafters and work on your project without the interruptions of home.... more
Bring your craft projects from home and join us to chat with fellow crafters and work on your project without the interruptions of home. All are welcome.

Sat, Aug 20, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hobart - Programming Room
A selection of board games will be provided for you and fellow teens to play. Registration is required. Ages 12 - 18

Mon, Aug 22, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
De-stress and relax with pencils and coloring sheets provided by the library -- or bring your own!

Mon, Aug 22, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Play Scrabble or other games with friends and meet new ones. Games will be provided but feel free to bring your own. Join the fun!

Mon, Aug 22, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Join us at the library to create your own scarecrow decoration. Registration is required. Supplies will be provided. Ages 15 and up.

Mon, Aug 22, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
Discover how the interview process has changed. Also, learn what you can do to prepare for face-to-face, virtual, or phone interviews.

Tue, Aug 23, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
Bring your current painting projects/materials for an opportunity to chat and create!

Tue, Aug 23, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Join the Fact or Fiction Book Club in discussing "My Last Continent" by Midge Raymond. Copies are available at the Highland Branch.

Tue, Aug 23, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Dyer-Schererville Zoom Room
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "The Girl with the Louding Voice" by Abe Daré. Books for this Zoom discussion can be picked up at... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "The Girl with the Louding Voice" by Abe Daré. Books for this Zoom discussion can be picked up at the Dyer-Schererville branch a month prior to the event.

Tue, Aug 23, 4:00pm - 5:45pm
Cedar Lake - 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 23, 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Using the latest research findings, Dr. Luke Leisman of the University of Illinois Chicago Circle will discuss if there are galaxies we... more
Using the latest research findings, Dr. Luke Leisman of the University of Illinois Chicago Circle will discuss if there are galaxies we can't see and how galaxies form.

Wed, Aug 24, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Bring your favorite yarn or thread project and enjoy some great company while you create! All crafters and crafts are welcome!

Wed, Aug 24, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Learn the basic concepts to start your family tree research. This includes where do I start, what records do I need and how do I put... more
Learn the basic concepts to start your family tree research. This includes where do I start, what records do I need and how do I put everything together.

Thu, Aug 25, 11:15am - 1:15pm
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 25, 11:15am - 12:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "The Girl with the Louding Voice" by Abi Daré. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "The Girl with the Louding Voice" by Abi Daré. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the Dyer-Schererville branch a month prior to the event.

Thu, Aug 25, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Join us for an informal and relaxed discussion of Jennifer Haigh's "Faith." Copies are available at the Munster branch.

Thu, Aug 25, 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Celebrate the 83rd anniversary of the Wizard of Oz's premiere with a family viewing in the large meeting room. Rated G. 1 hr 52 min

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

Sat, Aug 27, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Interested in any of the needle arts including knit, crochet, cross-stitch, and more? Join us for an opportunity to chat and create. ... more
Interested in any of the needle arts including knit, crochet, cross-stitch, and more? Join us for an opportunity to chat and create. Bring your own projects.
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