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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.

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...

WiFi Hotspots

Check out the internet and take it with you. Great for travelers! 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
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.

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!