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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
Mon, Jul 22, 10:30am - 11:15am
Highland - 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.

Mon, Jul 22, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room
Young children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregiver will enjoy stories, songs, and a craft. Please register all attendees so we... more
Young children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregiver will enjoy stories, songs, and a craft. Please register all attendees so we may be able to count you in our attendance.

Mon, Jul 22, 10:30am - 12:15pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Join us for this month's Musical Monday presentation: Camp Rock. Refreshments will be provided. Registration Required.

Mon, Jul 22, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Munster - Children's Program Room
Young children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregiver will enjoy stories, songs, and a craft. Please register all attendees so we... more
Young children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregiver will enjoy stories, songs, and a craft. Please register all attendees so we may be able to count you in our attendance.

Mon, Jul 22, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room A
Adults are invited to de-stress and relax with pencils and coloring sheets provided by the library. Or bring your own!

Mon, Jul 22, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cedar Lake Library - Courtyard
This water filled program will take place outside in the library courtyard where there will be games, bubble play, and water balloons.... more
This water filled program will take place outside in the library courtyard where there will be games, bubble play, and water balloons. Young children must be accompanied by an adult.

Mon, Jul 22, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
St. John - Children's Program Room
School-aged children who have finished kindergarten can come take our egg-drop challenge. Can you build something to protect an egg in a... more
School-aged children who have finished kindergarten can come take our egg-drop challenge. Can you build something to protect an egg in a fall? If weather is bad, event will be inside. Please register.

Mon, Jul 22, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Children (completed grades K-5) may free build with the library's LEGO® blocks or build a 'challenge' project. Constructions will be... more
Children (completed grades K-5) may free build with the library's LEGO® blocks or build a 'challenge' project. Constructions will be displayed in the library until the next LEGO® Club meeting.
This event is full

Mon, Jul 22, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Kids ages 6-12 are invited to decorate our patio with your chalk artwork and blow bubbles!

Mon, Jul 22, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Enjoy this science fiction classic on the big screen in the cool comfort of the library.

Mon, Jul 22, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Children in grades K-6th are welcome to join our cardboard challenge as we use our imaginations to create our own rocket ships using... more
Children in grades K-6th are welcome to join our cardboard challenge as we use our imaginations to create our own rocket ships using recyclable materials!

Mon, Jul 22, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Play Scrabble or other word games with friends and meet new ones. All games--as well as coffee and tea--will be provided. Join the fun!

Mon, Jul 22, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Do you want to be an astronaut? Go through space camp and learn more about what it takes to be an astronaut.
This event is full

Mon, Jul 22, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
We'll watch episodes from an anime series. We'll also have art supplies on hand if you want to draw, sketch, or get creative or bring in... more
We'll watch episodes from an anime series. We'll also have art supplies on hand if you want to draw, sketch, or get creative or bring in your own sketchbook and projects to work on.

Mon, Jul 22, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Enjoy this science fiction classic on the big screen in the cool comfort of the library.

Mon, Jul 22, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
This free seminar covers hiring a realtor, insurance coverage, and down payment assistance. The presenters are real estate... more
This free seminar covers hiring a realtor, insurance coverage, and down payment assistance. The presenters are real estate professionals Scott Orsi, Jennifer Podgorny, and Donna Holmer.

Mon, Jul 22, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Join the Calumet Astronomical Society, Inc. at the Library for an evening of space, science, & astronomical excitement! All welcome! A... more
Join the Calumet Astronomical Society, Inc. at the Library for an evening of space, science, & astronomical excitement! All welcome! A short business meeting precedes our speaker.

Mon, Jul 22, 7:00pm - 8:15pm
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, 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.

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.