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.
If you live in:
Lakes of the Four Seasons (Porter County Side)
Your home library district is Porter County.
Communities in Lake County Public Library Districts:
unincorporated Calumet Township
Cedar Lake/Hanover Township
Hobart (Lake County side)
unincorporated Ross Township
unincorporated St. John Township
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.