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Borrowing Privileges

Library cards are available at all locations!

To Get Your Library Card:

  • Complete an application form online.

  • When you come to the library to borrow physical materials for the first time, present photo identification. If your photo ID has your current address, that's all you need. If not, please bring another piece of suitable identification.

  • You are responsible for all items checked out on your card.

  • The fee to replace a lost card is $1.00.

  • New library card holders are limited to checking out 2 items for the first 2 weeks.

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

Types of Library Card:

Full Access Card (Resident)

  • You live in one of the following school districts (or own property or a business located in these districts):

    • Griffith Public Schools • Hanover Community School Corporation • Highland School Town • Hobart School City • Lake Central School Corporation
    • Lake Ridge Schools • Lake Station Community Schools • Merrillville Community School • Munster School Town • River Forest Community School Corporation

    Not sure? Check our map to see all the library districts of Lake County or enter your address here to see which library district you pay taxes to.

  • You have priority access to materials at all 9 of our locations as well as full digital access (ebooks, audiobooks, music, research databases, etc).

 

Limited Access Card (Reciprocal)

  • You live in a district which pays taxes to another library system, or you are a non-resident teacher or student, or your card has been issued to a business or institution, not to an individual.

  • You have limited borrowing privileges at the Lake County Public Library, but may upgrade your card to Full Access. Here's how it works:

    • Upgrading costs $44/year

    • You get complete access to all of our materials

    • You can check out up to 50 items at a time, including more DVDs

    • You can use our inter-library loan services and make purchase requests

 

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


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

  • Do not lend card to family members or friends.

  • Use your card (library purges all library cards after three years with no use).

  • Renew or return materials if you receive an overdue notice.

  • Pay for lost or damaged materials when you are billed.

  • Follow the Library's Code of Conduct.

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

Upcoming Events
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Wed, Mar 27, 10:30am - 11:00am
This half hour lap-sit program for kids from birth to 23 months old uses songs, rhymes and finger plays to encourage interaction and... more
This half hour lap-sit program for kids from birth to 23 months old uses songs, rhymes and finger plays to encourage interaction and foster language development.

St. John - Children's Program Room
Wed, Mar 27, 10:30am - 11:00am
This half hour lap-sit program uses songs and rhymes to foster language development.

Munster - Children's Program Room
Wed, Mar 27, 10:30am - 11:00am
Learn new ways to play with your baby (birth to 23 months), while stimulating mental growth. Please register all attendees so we may... more
Learn new ways to play with your baby (birth to 23 months), while stimulating mental growth. Please register all attendees so we may be able to count you in our attendance.

Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Wed, Mar 27, 10:30am - 11:30am
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.

Highland - Children's Programming Room
Wed, Mar 27, 10:30am - 11:30am
Storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids 4-6.

Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Wed, Mar 27, 11:00am - 11:30am
This special storytime is designed for children ages 0-23 months and a caregiver. We will sing songs, read short stories, do lap... more
This special storytime is designed for children ages 0-23 months and a caregiver. We will sing songs, read short stories, do lap bounces, and play!

St. John - Large Meeting Room
Wed, Mar 27, 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Bring your favorite yarn or thread project and enjoy some great company while you create! All crafters are welcome, no matter what craft... more
Bring your favorite yarn or thread project and enjoy some great company while you create! All crafters are welcome, no matter what craft you enjoy!

Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Wed, Mar 27, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Homeschoolers in grades K-6th will make an art project with supplies provided by the library. Sign-ups are required and space is... more
Homeschoolers in grades K-6th will make an art project with supplies provided by the library. Sign-ups are required and space is limited. Please notify the library if you cannot attend.
This event is full

Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Wed, Mar 27, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
The hills-covered with emerald green grass are full of mystical stone buildings from prehistoric times, Celtic monuments, medieval forts... more
The hills-covered with emerald green grass are full of mystical stone buildings from prehistoric times, Celtic monuments, medieval forts & monasteries- the island is home to music, poetry and dance.

Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Wed, Mar 27, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Play Wii games, jam out on Guitar Hero or many other games!

St. John - Large Meeting Room
Wed, Mar 27, 6:00pm - 7:45pm
Join us for this month's Classic Film Series selection: Darby O'Gill and the Little People! Rated G. Runtime: 93 minutes. Refreshments... more
Join us for this month's Classic Film Series selection: Darby O'Gill and the Little People! Rated G. Runtime: 93 minutes. Refreshments will be served. Registration Required.

Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Wed, Mar 27, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "The Obituary Writer" by Ann Hood. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the circulation... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "The Obituary Writer" by Ann Hood. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the circulation desk a month prior to the event.

Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Thu, Mar 28, 10:00am - 11:00am
Storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids 4-5.
This event is full

Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Thu, Mar 28, 10:15am - 11:30am
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "The Obituary Writer" by Ann Hood. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the circulation... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "The Obituary Writer" by Ann Hood. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the circulation desk a month prior to the event.

Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
Thu, Mar 28, 10:30am - 11:15am
Toddlers 2 and 3 years of age accompanied by a caregiver will participate in stories, finger plays, music activities, crafts, and more.... more
Toddlers 2 and 3 years of age accompanied by a caregiver will participate in stories, finger plays, music activities, crafts, and more. Activities will help to develop important pre-literacy skills.

Munster - Large Meeting Room
Thu, Mar 28, 10:30am - 12:00pm
The Brain Fitness Camp engages aging adults in fun and interactive activities that challenge thinking and help participants stay... more
The Brain Fitness Camp engages aging adults in fun and interactive activities that challenge thinking and help participants stay mentally active.

Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Thu, Mar 28, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Like to cross-stitch, knit, crochet, or do any other craft? Every Thursday, bring and work on your own project while enjoying the... more
Like to cross-stitch, knit, crochet, or do any other craft? Every Thursday, bring and work on your own project while enjoying the company of others.

St. John - Large Meeting Room
Thu, Mar 28, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Join us for this month's Classic Film Series selection: Darby O'Gill and the Little People! Rated G. Runtime: 93 minutes. Refreshments... more
Join us for this month's Classic Film Series selection: Darby O'Gill and the Little People! Rated G. Runtime: 93 minutes. Refreshments will be served. Registration Required.

Munster - Large Meeting Room
Thu, Mar 28, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Join us for a relaxed, informal discussion of "Hillbilly Elegy" by J.D. Vance. Copies are available at the Munster Branch.

Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Thu, Mar 28, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Teens, come hang out with your friends and play board games! Bring you favorite game or play one we already have!

Canceled
Highland
Thu, Mar 28, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Play tabletop games with other gamers!

St. John - Large Meeting Room
Thu, Mar 28, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Disguises! Secret messages! A mystery to solve! Children from kindergarten through 5th grade can come hone their spy skills.

Community Room - Community Room
Thu, Mar 28, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Cadets from the Lake Station Civil Air Patrol will teach a workshop promoting education, leadership, and the importance of a drug-free... more
Cadets from the Lake Station Civil Air Patrol will teach a workshop promoting education, leadership, and the importance of a drug-free lifestyle. All ages are welcome to attend.

Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Thu, Mar 28, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Learn to play this cooperative board game! Ages 12 to 18. Please register to save your seat.

Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Thu, Mar 28, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Children ages K-6th are invited to join us for one hour of LEGO® building. Bring your friends, but please leave your own LEGOS® at home.

Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Thu, Mar 28, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Learn to mix concrete and use a mold to make a planter. Pots will need several days to set. Come back Thursday, April 4 at 6PM to pick... more
Learn to mix concrete and use a mold to make a planter. Pots will need several days to set. Come back Thursday, April 4 at 6PM to pick up and finish your concrete creation. Class size is limited.
This event is full

Highland - Meeting Room A
Thu, Mar 28, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Enjoy our mystery book discussion, Once Upon a Crime. Pick up a copy of the book at the Highland Branch.