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Purchase Requests & Interlibrary Loans

Please note that only Full Access patrons may use our Interlibrary Loan/Purchase Request service!

You may have 5 requests active at any one time (requests for digital materials do not count toward this total).

Can't Find What You Need?

  1. Check our catalog first! (Looking for ebooks or downloadable audiobooks? Go here.)

  2. If the item you want is not in our catalog, click the Purchase Request/Interlibrary Loan link that appears at the top of your search results. (If you're on mobile, tap Search Options to find the Purchase Request/Interlibrary Loan link).

    Desktop:
    The Purchase Request link is located under the search bar in the catalog
    Mobile: where to find the purhcase request link on mobile

  3. In the window that opens, check the box next to OCLC WorldCat and click Set Databases.
    Select WorldCat to find a book not in our collection

  4. Click 'Go!' to run your search again. (Tip: Use "quotation marks" to search for an exact phrase and use the drop-down Search By menu to specify that you're looking for a title. When all else fails, search by ISBN!)
    Tips: Use quotation marks and the drop down menus to make a more specific search. When all else fails, try ISBN!

  5. When you find the title you were looking for, Click the "Place Request" button.
    Click Place Reqest when you find your title.

    If you're not already logged in, you will have to enter your library card and PIN.
    Please note: Requests can only be completed by resident patrons in good standing with no money owed!

  6. If you can't find the item in the World Catalog, call us at (219) 769-3541 or use our 24/7 Ask a Librarian service. We'll help you out!

Following these steps works even if the item you need is out of print or very old - if we can't buy it for our collection, we'll find another library that will loan it to us!

Still Have Questions?

See our Interlibrary Loan & Purchase Request FAQs. If you need more help, you can always use our Ask a Librarian form - available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Request eBooks & eAudiobooks

You can also request digital materials to add to the library's collection! You can make 2 requests for digital materials per week. Follow the steps below.

  • First, check our digital collection to see if we have the item. You should check both Overdrive and Hoopla.

  • If you can't find the title in either Overdrive or Hoopla, you can request the title through Overdrive (Hoopla does not allow for requests). Go to Overdrive's advanced search page, type in the title, and make sure you choose "Recommend to library" under Availability. If the title exists in Overdrive's library, it will appear in your results.

  • Hover over the book cover you wish to suggest and click "Recommend" (you will be prompted to sign in if you haven't already). Click "Recommend This Title" in the window that appears.

  • If you need help, you can always give your local library a call or use our Ask a Librarian form!

Need more specific instructions? If you've already checked Hoopla for the book you are looking for, try this step-by-step guide for suggesting an item through Overdrive, complete with pictures!

New at LCPL

Looking for something new? These titles have just hit our shelves!

Upcoming Events
Fri, Jul 19, 10:00am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Informational and interactive session that focuses on understanding the disease process of progressive dementia.

Fri, Jul 19, 10:00am - 11:00am
Merrillville
Informational and interactive session that focuses on understanding the disease process of progressive dementia.

Fri, Jul 19, 10:00am - 11:30am
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Kids ages 6 months through 3 years old and their caregivers will enjoy interacting at various play stations. Playing helps children... more
Kids ages 6 months through 3 years old and their caregivers will enjoy interacting at various play stations. Playing helps children learn language, literacy, social, and other skills.

Fri, Jul 19, 10:30am - 11:00am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
Babies and toddlers will participate in stories, nursery rhymes, finger plays, and music activities designed to enhance important... more
Babies and toddlers will participate in stories, nursery rhymes, finger plays, and music activities designed to enhance important pre-literacy skills.

Fri, Jul 19, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
Babies and toddlers will participate in stories, nursery rhymes, finger plays, and music activities designed to enhance important... more
Babies and toddlers will participate in stories, nursery rhymes, finger plays, and music activities designed to enhance important pre-literacy skills.

Fri, Jul 19, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
A session on Advanced Issues and Strategies. Please register by calling Alzeimer's Services of Northern Indiana toll free at... more
A session on Advanced Issues and Strategies. Please register by calling Alzeimer's Services of Northern Indiana toll free at 1-888-303-0180.

Fri, Jul 19, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Merrillville
A session on advanced issues and strategies. Please register by calling Alzheimer's Services of Northern Indiana toll free at... more
A session on advanced issues and strategies. Please register by calling Alzheimer's Services of Northern Indiana toll free at 1-888-303-0180.

Fri, Jul 19, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
G 90 min Inspired by their grandpa, three flies sneak aboard Apollo 11 in this animated adventure. Featuring the voices of Christopher... more
G 90 min Inspired by their grandpa, three flies sneak aboard Apollo 11 in this animated adventure. Featuring the voices of Christopher Lloyd, Nicolette Sheridan, Tim Curry & Kelly Ripa.

Fri, Jul 19, 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Brown Bag Movie Bring your lunch and a beverage and we will provide the popcorn! Children must be accompanied by an adult.  

Fri, Jul 19, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Make constellation art with artist Paul Benninghoff! Based on his Constellation art series, you will make your own artwork using paint,... more
Make constellation art with artist Paul Benninghoff! Based on his Constellation art series, you will make your own artwork using paint, canvas, needle, and thread. Registration required.
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Fri, Jul 19, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Make crafts inspired by your favorite comic book characters. Please register.

Fri, Jul 19, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Join us while we watch the movie Space Jam. Bring the whole family! Popcorn & lemonade will be served. Children Pre-K age and under must... more
Join us while we watch the movie Space Jam. Bring the whole family! Popcorn & lemonade will be served. Children Pre-K age and under must be accompanied by an adult. Rated PG. Run time: 88 minutes.

Fri, Jul 19, 3:00pm - 4:45pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Enjoy the supernatural 2018 movie, A Wrinkle in Time, at the library! Rated PG. Runtime: 109 minutes. Refreshments will be provided.... more
Enjoy the supernatural 2018 movie, A Wrinkle in Time, at the library! Rated PG. Runtime: 109 minutes. Refreshments will be provided. Registration is required.

Fri, Jul 19, 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Come play chess with us! All levels of experience are welcome. We can accommodate 20 people playing at the same time. Jeffrey Graves is... more
Come play chess with us! All levels of experience are welcome. We can accommodate 20 people playing at the same time. Jeffrey Graves is the program facilitator.

Sat, Jul 20, 9:00am - 11:30am
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
State Representative Ragen Hatcher will be holding open office hours for constituents to voice concerns on community or state issues and... more
State Representative Ragen Hatcher will be holding open office hours for constituents to voice concerns on community or state issues and share ideas for legislation for the 2020 legislative session.

Sat, Jul 20, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Painting class for adults. Work with acrylics & canvas on an easel, following instructor's example to create an original piece of art.... more
Painting class for adults. Work with acrylics & canvas on an easel, following instructor's example to create an original piece of art. $20 cash fee paid at the time of class covers all materials.

Sat, Jul 20, 10:00am - 12:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Make a simple bag from a t-shirt. No sewing required! Bring your own old t-shirt or use one of ours. Registration Required. Children... more
Make a simple bag from a t-shirt. No sewing required! Bring your own old t-shirt or use one of ours. Registration Required. Children who have not completed kindergarten must have an adult present.

Sat, Jul 20, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Baby & Me Time is a 1/2 hour program which includes songs, stories, and sensory play for babies 0 to 23 months and their caregiver.

Sat, Jul 20, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Join us for a storytime with a focus on mindfulness.

Sat, Jul 20, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Kids (Grades K-5) will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. We will watch the landing, make a space lander,... more
Kids (Grades K-5) will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. We will watch the landing, make a space lander, and have a moon inspired snack.

Sat, Jul 20, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
All ages will celebrate the space flight that landed the first two people on the moon with activities, crafts and more!

Sat, Jul 20, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Viewing of the July 20, 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing. All ages welcome

Sat, Jul 20, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Kids ages 6-12 are invited to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the first man on the moon with snacks, crafts, and games!

Sat, Jul 20, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room
School-age children are invited to the library for an hour of art and fun. All supplies will be provided. Space is limited. Please wear... more
School-age children are invited to the library for an hour of art and fun. All supplies will be provided. Space is limited. Please wear clothes you can get messy in.

Sat, Jul 20, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
State Representative Ragen Hatcher will be holding open office hours for constituents to voice concerns on community or state issues,... more
State Representative Ragen Hatcher will be holding open office hours for constituents to voice concerns on community or state issues, and hear ideas for legislation for the 2020 legislative session.