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Indiana Public Library Access Card

A PLAC card allows residents of Indiana to borrow library materials from libraries outside of their home district in the state of Indiana.

Cost: $65.00 cash. The money collected for this library card is sent to the state of Indiana and is used to reimburse public libraries loaning library materials to non-residents.

You can get a PLAC at any Indiana library and may borrow materials from any branch of the Lake County Public Library as long as your home library card is in good standing. Purchasing the card from Lake County Public Library must be done at the Merrillville Branch

Your home library is the library district in which you reside. All of your library taxes go to your home library district.

  • If your home library is participating in Statewide Borrowing, you do not need to purchase a PLAC card.

  • If you prefer having full borrowing privileges with the Lake County Public Library and its nine branches, you can purchase an LCPL Full Access Card instead of a PLAC card.

What's My Library District?

If you live in:

Beverly Shores
Boone Grove
Hebron
Kouts
Portage
Valparaiso
Wheeler

Lakes of the Four Seasons (Porter County Side)

Your home library district is Porter County.

Communities in Lake County Public Library Districts: 

Black Oak
unincorporated Calumet Township
Cedar Lake/Hanover Township
Dyer
Griffith
Highland
Hobart (Lake County side)
Lake Station
Merrillville
Munster
unincorporated Ross Township
Schererville
St. John
unincorporated St. John Township
New Chicago

Other Library Districts in Lake County

The Crown Point, East Chicago, Gary, Hammond, Lowell, and Whiting Public Libraries have arranged local agreements with the Lake County Public Library to fund reciprocal borrowing library cards for their residents. They do not need a PLAC to borrow at Lake County Public Library.

Upcoming Events
Tue, Jul 23, 10:00am - 10:45am
Merrillville - Children's Programming 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.
This event is full

Tue, Jul 23, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Children who have completed kindergarten and older will explore the universe through stories and art.

Tue, Jul 23, 10:30am - 11:30am
St. John - Children's Program Room
Children will develop pre-reading skills as they enjoy stories, music, and a craft.

Tue, Jul 23, 10:30am - 11:30am
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Join us for this informative program about caring for seniors and their memories. Learn signs that could point toward memory problems,... more
Join us for this informative program about caring for seniors and their memories. Learn signs that could point toward memory problems, such as Alzheimer's and dementia. Please register.

Tue, Jul 23, 11:00am - 11:30am
Riverview Park
Join us at Riverview park for stories, songs, and games!

Canceled
Tue, Jul 23, 11:00am - 11:45am
Lake Station-New Chicago
Families are invited to join us for a 45-minute story time. We will read books, sing songs, and do fun activities!

Tue, Jul 23, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids ages 4-5.
This event is full

Tue, Jul 23, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program 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, Jul 23, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Foyer
A Representative from NorthShore Health Center will be offering free blood pressure screenings in the foyer. First come, first served.

Tue, Jul 23, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
St. John - Children's Program Room
Children will develop pre-reading skills as they enjoy stories, music, and a craft.

Tue, Jul 23, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
This program will focus on the animals that live in the Indiana Dunes National Park. Park Ranger Kip Walton will bring animals furs to... more
This program will focus on the animals that live in the Indiana Dunes National Park. Park Ranger Kip Walton will bring animals furs to see and touch along with a live animal.

Tue, Jul 23, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Adults can try all kinds of sports activities on the Nintendo Wii including bowling, golf, archery, racing, and more! Wii is easy to... more
Adults can try all kinds of sports activities on the Nintendo Wii including bowling, golf, archery, racing, and more! Wii is easy to learn, and lots of fun! Registration required.

Tue, Jul 23, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Join us for green screen fun at the library! You will be able to write your own skits and perform, while learning how to use the green... more
Join us for green screen fun at the library! You will be able to write your own skits and perform, while learning how to use the green screen technology. Please register. Ages 10-18.

Tue, Jul 23, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Back by Popular Demand! Rocks and paints provided, just bring your creativity! Registration required.
Registration is now closed

Tue, Jul 23, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
In this card game you are planetary researchers trying to escape a hostile planet. One member of the team is an alien entity and will... more
In this card game you are planetary researchers trying to escape a hostile planet. One member of the team is an alien entity and will sabotage the researchers as they try to contact mission control.

Tue, Jul 23, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Kids and their families will sing karaoke, eat snacks and have fun!

Tue, Jul 23, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Play a friendly game of Chess or Go.

Tue, Jul 23, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Together with PFLAGCP-NWI, we are hosting a social, support, education, & networking space for LGBTQ+ teens & their allies. Teens... more
Together with PFLAGCP-NWI, we are hosting a social, support, education, & networking space for LGBTQ+ teens & their allies. Teens (12-18) are welcome. Parents/guardians can meet concurrently.

Wed, Jul 24, 10:30am - 11:00am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Children birth - 23 mos. old, accompanied by an adult caregiver, will enjoy this 30 min. lap-sit program. Songs, stories, finger plays... more
Children birth - 23 mos. old, accompanied by an adult caregiver, will enjoy this 30 min. lap-sit program. Songs, stories, finger plays and rhymes will encourage interaction and language development.

Wed, Jul 24, 10:30am - 11:00am
Munster - Children's Program Room
Learn new ways to play with your baby (birth to 23 months), while stimulating mental growth. Please register all attendees so we may... more
Learn new ways to play with your baby (birth to 23 months), while stimulating mental growth. Please register all attendees so we may be able to count you in our attendance.

Wed, Jul 24, 10:30am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room
This half hour lap-sit program uses songs and rhymes to foster language development.

Wed, Jul 24, 10:30am - 11:30am
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids 4-6.
This event is full

Wed, Jul 24, 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, Jul 24, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Enjoy a movie during summer break. Bring the whole family! Rated PG ; 88 minutes Snacks are welcome (clear drinks only)! *Children under... more
Enjoy a movie during summer break. Bring the whole family! Rated PG ; 88 minutes Snacks are welcome (clear drinks only)! *Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult 18+.

Wed, Jul 24, 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, Jul 24, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
This school aged program will focus on the Indiana Dunes National park's plants, animals and general ecology. Children will learn about... more
This school aged 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 24, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
This program for kids in 1st through 6th grade will introduce kids to engineering concepts through a presentation and fun hands on... more
This program for kids in 1st through 6th grade will introduce kids to engineering concepts through a presentation and fun hands on activities.

Wed, Jul 24, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Explore: Puerto Mogan, Puerto Rico, Tenerife, Palmitos Park, Santa Cruz Maspalomas, Las Teresitas, Playa del Ingles, Candelaria, Gran... more
Explore: Puerto Mogan, Puerto Rico, Tenerife, Palmitos Park, Santa Cruz Maspalomas, Las Teresitas, Playa del Ingles, Candelaria, Gran Canaria

Wed, Jul 24, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
Teens will construct a space obstacle course. Then they will code and operate the Dash and Sphero BOLT 'bots in a race through the course.

Wed, Jul 24, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Adults can try all kinds of sports activities on the Nintendo Wii including bowling, golf, archery, racing, and more! Wii is easy to... more
Adults can try all kinds of sports activities on the Nintendo Wii including bowling, golf, archery, racing, and more! Wii is easy to learn, and lots of fun! Registration required.

Wed, Jul 24, 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Ages 11 and up will have to find clues around the room to solve the puzzle to escape the room.
This event is full

Wed, Jul 24, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Eat snacks while playing video and board games.

Wed, Jul 24, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Play Wii games, jam out on Guitar Hero or many other games!

Wed, Jul 24, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Learn how to write a book review while enjoying snacks and sharing your top picks from this year.

Wed, Jul 24, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Join us for this month's Classic Film selection: Flight of the Navigator. Rated PG. Run time: 90 minutes. Refreshments will be... more
Join us for this month's Classic Film selection: Flight of the Navigator. Rated PG. Run time: 90 minutes. Refreshments will be served. Registration is required.

Wed, Jul 24, 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Munster Branch - Large Meeting Room
Ages 11 and up will have to find clues around the room to solve the puzzle to escape the room.
This event is full

Wed, Jul 24, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit" by Michael Finkel.... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit" by Michael Finkel. Books can be picked up at the circ desk a month before the event.

Thu, Jul 25, 10:15am - 11:30am
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit" by Michael Finkel.... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit" by Michael Finkel. Books can be picked up at the circ desk a month before the event.

Thu, Jul 25, 10:30am - 11:15am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
Toddlers 2 and 3 years of age accompanied by a caregiver will participate in stories, finger plays, music activities, crafts, and more.... more
Toddlers 2 and 3 years of age accompanied by a caregiver will participate in stories, finger plays, music activities, crafts, and more. Activities will help to develop important pre-literacy skills.

Thu, Jul 25, 10:30am - 12:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Join us for this month's Classic Film selection: Flight of the Navigator. Rated PG. Run time: 90 minutes. Refreshments will be... more
Join us for this month's Classic Film selection: Flight of the Navigator. Rated PG. Run time: 90 minutes. Refreshments will be served. Registration is required.

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, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Join us for an informal and relaxed discussion, copies are available at the Munster branch. The untold story of the American women... more
Join us for an informal and relaxed discussion, copies are available at the Munster branch. The untold story of the American women who cracked German and Japanese code to help win World War II.

Thu, Jul 25, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Come see animals at the library! Humane Indiana rehabilitates wildlife, and they will be sending some of their nocturnal animals for... more
Come see animals at the library! Humane Indiana rehabilitates wildlife, and they will be sending some of their nocturnal animals for this special event. Which ones? Just wait and see!

Thu, Jul 25, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Build a LEGO® race car, check it's performance on the track, tweak it to your satisfaction, then race the other cars!

Thu, Jul 25, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Dyer/Schererville Library: East parking lot
Explore a real fire truck and beat the heat with the spray from the Schererville Fire Department's tallest and biggest hose. Bring a... more
Explore a real fire truck and beat the heat with the spray from the Schererville Fire Department's tallest and biggest hose. Bring a towel and wear your swimsuit.

Thu, Jul 25, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Children in grades K-6 will have fun making their own unique LEGO® creations. The only requirement is imagination!

Thu, Jul 25, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Learn how to hand sew designs of several star constellations on cardstock paper! Easy and simple to make for friends and family! Ages... more
Learn how to hand sew designs of several star constellations on cardstock paper! Easy and simple to make for friends and family! Ages 11-18. Must register.

Thu, Jul 25, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Children who have completed kindergarten and older will explore the universe using STEAM techniques.

Thu, Jul 25, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Children in grades K-6 are invited to join us for one hour of LEGO® building. Bring your friends, but please leave your own LEGOS® at... more
Children in grades K-6 are invited to join us for one hour of LEGO® building. Bring your friends, but please leave your own LEGOS® at home.

Thu, Jul 25, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Kids and their families are invited for an evening of glow in the dark dancing and fun. One glow stick per child will be provided. ... more
Kids and their families are invited for an evening of glow in the dark dancing and fun. One glow stick per child will be provided. Lemonade and snacks will be provided.

Thu, Jul 25, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Join our Once Upon a Crime mystery book discussion. Pick up a copy at the Highland Branch.