Borrowing Privileges

Library cards are available at all locations!

To Get Your Library Card:

Questions? Contact the Circulation Department at 219-769-3541, ext. 364.

Types of Library Card:

Full Access Card (Resident)

Limited Access Card (Reciprocal)

Borrowing Privileges for Non-Residents, Teachers, Businesses, and Students

What Can I Borrow If:

I live in Hammond, Whiting, East Chicago, Gary, Crown Point, or Lowell OR I live in Indiana and my library participates in Statewide Borrowing.

I don't live in your library district, but I teach in the library district.

I go to school in your library district, but live in a different district.

If you are not sure which is your home library district, take a look at this map of the seven library districts in Lake County.
You can also enter your address here to see which library district you pay taxes to.


Gold or Silver Card

Recognizing the importance of volunteers and their service, the Lake County Public Library presents special "fine free" library cards.

Adult Gold Cards

Volunteers (18 years or older) who complete 100 hours of service will earn a Gold Card. The Gold Card may only be used by the named cardholder and not by any other family member.

Juvenile Silver Cards

Juvenile volunteers (under the age of 18) who complete 50 hours of volunteer service will earn a Silver Card. The Silver Card may only be used by the named cardholder and not by any other family member. The card will expire on the 18th birthday of the cardholder but can be renewed annually as long as the volunteer is actively volunteering. The Silver cardholder has until his/her 21st birthday to earn the additional 50 volunteers hours to convert to a Gold card.

Gold and Silver Cardholders' Responsibilities

Failure to follow the above could result in loss of your special library card privileges.