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LCPL: Beyond Books

Library Services

What can the library do for you?

How about help you learn to use your electronic devices? Or help you track down your great-great-great-aunt? We can recommend a good book, and get it to you for free. We can talk to your students about research, we can help them do that research, and we can give them a place to work on school projects. Don't speak English? We can help with that, too. Basically, there's no end to what a library can do for you if you use it!

And, did we mention - all of the services mentioned above and most of the ones below are provided to our patrons completely free.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Children in LCPL school districts under the age of 5 are eligible to receive one free book every month! Learn More...

The Libratory

A place to explore, create, experiment, and digitize. Specializing in quick, easy photoscanning - grab your box of old photos and make an appointment today! Learn More...

Public Meeting Rooms

Need a space for your group to meet? How about a smaller room for studying? All of our locations have meeting rooms available to the public! Learn More...

Scan/Fax Capability

Scan photos and documents and send them to your phone, USB, Google Drive, and more! Learn more...

Outreach

We speak to schools, rotary groups, historical societies, community groups and more about how the library's resources can help with specific projects. Call your branch to schedule a talk for your group!

Genealogy

Use library resources to trace your roots. We have online databases that patrons can access for free, as well as local records in our Indiana Room at Merrillville branch. Learn more...

Reader's Advisory

We'll help you, personally, find a book you'll like. Seriously, we're really good at this. Just ask. You can also use our pre-made suggestions and tools for finding books.

Proctoring

Every branch offers proctoring services for open book, closed book, and online exams. Contact your branch to schedule an exam.

Research Specialists

There's no source more reliable than a librarian. We'll find you answers you can trust from reputable sources. Ask us anything online, in person, or over the phone.

English as a Second Language

If you'd like to improve your English speaking, reading, and writing skills, we can help with classes geared to every skill level. We also offer classes for those about to attempt the U.S. Citizenship Exam. Learn more...

Interlibrary Loan

If we don't have a book you're looking for in our collection, we'll get it for you from another library and bring it to the branch of your choice for you to check out - and no, there is no cost to you. Learn more...

Library Tours & Group Visits

Set up a library tour or group visit by calling your branch. This is especially helpful for students who need to learn to use the library for class projects. If you plan to bring a large group, please call ahead of time so that we can prepare space! Learn more...

Public Computers

Our public PCs come equipped with word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software in addition to Internet access and printing. Anyone with a library card can use them!

Classes/Programs

From early literacy classes to crafting classes, there's no end to what you can learn at the library. We have programs and classes for all ages, from newborn infants to senior citizens, all free with your library card. Learn more...

What More Could You Want?

Have you got a service in mind that you wish the library provided? Are you not sure if we can help with something specific? Just ask! You can fill out our Ask a Librarian form or give us a call. All feedback, suggestions, and questions are appreciated.

Upcoming Events
Wed, Mar 03, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children from birth through 23 months and a caregiver are invited to tune in weekly for a 10 to 15-minute lapsit program that fosters... more
Children from birth through 23 months and a caregiver are invited to tune in weekly for a 10 to 15-minute lapsit program that fosters child development and pre-literacy skills.

Wed, Mar 03, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Discover this connection between genealogy and heraldry (coats of arms), and find out how heraldry can become "the genealogist's most... more
Discover this connection between genealogy and heraldry (coats of arms), and find out how heraldry can become "the genealogist's most colorful tool",

Wed, Mar 03, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Need a getaway to the beach? Join the Galveston Island State Park rangers as they explore the beach live and show us the creatures that... more
Need a getaway to the beach? Join the Galveston Island State Park rangers as they explore the beach live and show us the creatures that call it home! Email address required to register!

Wed, Mar 03, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Ever wonder how desert plants and animals can survive in extreme temperatures and a dry climate? This program explores the amazing... more
Ever wonder how desert plants and animals can survive in extreme temperatures and a dry climate? This program explores the amazing adaptations of desert life. An email address is required.

Wed, Mar 03, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Join us for a night of virtual trivia! This game will feature general trivia questions. Test your knowledge and win a prize! Ages 11 -... more
Join us for a night of virtual trivia! This game will feature general trivia questions. Test your knowledge and win a prize! Ages 11 - 17. Registration is required for this virtual event.

Wed, Mar 03, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Virtual class is for high beginners and intermediate... more
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Virtual class is for high beginners and intermediate level students. Classes are free.

Thu, Mar 04, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in mid to upper elementary school grades are invited to tune in weekly to learn about a book and hear the first chapter. All... more
Children in mid to upper elementary school grades are invited to tune in weekly to learn about a book and hear the first chapter. All books are available on Hoopla or Overdrive.

Thu, Mar 04, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
During this program, students will use the records of the National Archives to determine how and why women fought for the right to... more
During this program, students will use the records of the National Archives to determine how and why women fought for the right to vote. Email address required to register!

Fri, Mar 05, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer... more
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer picture book, read in its entirety.

Fri, Mar 05, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Join us for a virtual town hall meeting with Representative Hal Slager. Participants will get the chance to ask questions and hear... more
Join us for a virtual town hall meeting with Representative Hal Slager. Participants will get the chance to ask questions and hear legislative updates. Link to sign up is in the event listing.

Sat, Mar 06, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books... more
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books and songs to foster pre-literacy skills.

Sun, Mar 07, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer... more
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer picture book, read in its entirety.

Mon, Mar 08, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp Branch - ZOOM
March features: "November Road" by Lou Berney. Pick up a copy at the Griffith curbside and join us for a virtual chat! Contact us at... more
March features: "November Road" by Lou Berney. Pick up a copy at the Griffith curbside and join us for a virtual chat! Contact us at griffith@lcplin.org for event details.

Mon, Mar 08, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Together with PFLAGCP-NWI, we are hosting a support, education, & networking space for LGBTQ+ teens & their allies. TEENS (12-18) are... more
Together with PFLAGCP-NWI, we are hosting a support, education, & networking space for LGBTQ+ teens & their allies. TEENS (12-18) are welcome. REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR ZOOM LOG-IN LINK.

Mon, Mar 08, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Virtual class is for high beginners and intermediate... more
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Virtual class is for high beginners and intermediate level students. Classes are free.

Tue, Mar 09, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books... more
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books and songs to foster pre-literacy skills.

Tue, Mar 09, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
The Hindu festival of Holi is a holiday that celebrates the coming of the Spring season. Find out how many people celebrate this holiday... more
The Hindu festival of Holi is a holiday that celebrates the coming of the Spring season. Find out how many people celebrate this holiday through vibrant colors! Email address required to register!

Tue, Mar 09, 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Dyer-Schererville - Zoom Room
Teens are invited to play online games while we hang out on Zoom! Bring your game ideas! We will brainstorm future program ideas. Ask... more
Teens are invited to play online games while we hang out on Zoom! Bring your game ideas! We will brainstorm future program ideas. Ask how (TAB) can count toward volunteer hours!

Wed, Mar 10, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children from birth through 23 months and a caregiver are invited to tune in weekly for a 10 to 15-minute lapsit program that fosters... more
Children from birth through 23 months and a caregiver are invited to tune in weekly for a 10 to 15-minute lapsit program that fosters child development and pre-literacy skills.

Wed, Mar 10, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Explore the life cycle of a plant from seed to flower. Tour behind-the-scenes at Longwood and discover how our horticulturalists prepare... more
Explore the life cycle of a plant from seed to flower. Tour behind-the-scenes at Longwood and discover how our horticulturalists prepare our spectacular displays. Email address required to register!

Wed, Mar 10, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Teens are invited to play the popular game of deception, Among Us. We'll work together to find the imposter. Is it you? You seem a... more
Teens are invited to play the popular game of deception, Among Us. We'll work together to find the imposter. Is it you? You seem a little sus. Ages 11 - 17.

Wed, Mar 10, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Virtual class is for high beginners and intermediate... more
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Virtual class is for high beginners and intermediate level students. Classes are free.

Thu, Mar 11, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in mid to upper elementary school grades are invited to tune in weekly to learn about a book and hear the first chapter. All... more
Children in mid to upper elementary school grades are invited to tune in weekly to learn about a book and hear the first chapter. All books are available on Hoopla or Overdrive.

Thu, Mar 11, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Geared for those aged 10 and up, we explore the pioneer experience and the tragic story of the Donner Party. IMPORTANT: We're being... more
Geared for those aged 10 and up, we explore the pioneer experience and the tragic story of the Donner Party. IMPORTANT: We're being strict on the age limit! Email address required to register!

Fri, Mar 12, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer... more
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer picture book, read in its entirety.

Fri, Mar 12, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Join us as Representative Andrade updates the public and answers questions from the public. You can find the connection information in... more
Join us as Representative Andrade updates the public and answers questions from the public. You can find the connection information in this listing.

Fri, Mar 12, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Not sure what the desert looks like or how to draw it? This directed drawing program has you creating your own masterpiece. You will... more
Not sure what the desert looks like or how to draw it? This directed drawing program has you creating your own masterpiece. You will need an email address to register.