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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 (Use the Search by Address tab) 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).

  • You have limited privileges at some other public libraries in Lake County and other Indiana counties. Please check with staff for details.

 

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
Wed, May 22, 10:30am - 11:00am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
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.

Wed, May 22, 10:30am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room
This half hour lap-sit program uses songs and rhymes to foster language development.
This event is full

Wed, May 22, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
An experienced labor nurse will help expectant parents prepare for labor by providing education and advice on the labor experience. She... more
An experienced labor nurse will help expectant parents prepare for labor by providing education and advice on the labor experience. She will help parents feel prepared for the birth of their baby. 

Wed, May 22, 12:30pm - 2:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
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!

Wed, May 22, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
The first planned city in America, Washington D.C. became the country's grandest repository of national institutions, historical relics,... more
The first planned city in America, Washington D.C. became the country's grandest repository of national institutions, historical relics, museums, monuments, and memorials.

Wed, May 22, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Play Wii games, jam out on Guitar Hero or many other games!

Wed, May 22, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Teens who have finished 5th grade or higher, will be trained for volunteering for the summer.

Wed, May 22, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
Whether you are turning 65 or are just new to Medicare, you may have questions. Don Camp will help you learn about the different parts... more
Whether you are turning 65 or are just new to Medicare, you may have questions. Don Camp will help you learn about the different parts of Medicare and how to choose a plan that may meet your needs.

Wed, May 22, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Different levels are available. Classes are free.

Wed, May 22, 6:00pm - 8:15pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Join us for this month's Classic Film selection: the 1940 Rebecca. Runtime: 130 minutes. Refreshments will be served. Registration... more
Join us for this month's Classic Film selection: the 1940 Rebecca. Runtime: 130 minutes. Refreshments will be served. Registration Required.

Wed, May 22, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Teens, ages 11 (before June 1st) -18, interested in working as a Summer Reading Volunteer, must attend one of the volunteer meetings.... more
Teens, ages 11 (before June 1st) -18, interested in working as a Summer Reading Volunteer, must attend one of the volunteer meetings. Parents of first-time volunteers should plan to attend.

Wed, May 22, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "Orhan's Inheritance" by Aline Ohanesian. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "Orhan's Inheritance" by Aline Ohanesian. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the circulation desk a month prior to the event.

Thu, May 23, 9:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Meeting Room C
The class is designed to help adults improve their English reading, writing and speaking skills, focusing on the necessary civic... more
The class is designed to help adults improve their English reading, writing and speaking skills, focusing on the necessary civic information to prepare for American citizenship.

Thu, May 23, 10:00am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids 4-5.

Thu, May 23, 10:15am - 11:30am
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "Orhan's Inheritance" by Aline Ohanesian. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "Orhan's Inheritance" by Aline Ohanesian. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the circulation desk a month prior to the event.

Thu, May 23, 10:30am - 11:15am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
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.

Thu, May 23, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
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.

Thu, May 23, 10:30am - 12:45pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Join us for this month's Classic Film selection: the 1940 Rebecca. Runtime: 130 minutes. Refreshments will be served. Registration... more
Join us for this month's Classic Film selection: the 1940 Rebecca. Runtime: 130 minutes. Refreshments will be served. Registration Required.

Thu, May 23, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Join us for an informal and relaxed discussion of Amy Stewart's "Girl Waits With Gun. Copies are available at the Munster branch.
This event is full

Thu, May 23, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
St. John - Children's Program Room
STEM: Science. Technology. Engineering. Math. What kind of mini boat can you build? How much weight can it hold before it sinks? Take... more
STEM: Science. Technology. Engineering. Math. What kind of mini boat can you build? How much weight can it hold before it sinks? Take our challenge and find out! Registration required.

Thu, May 23, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Kids in 5th grade to 12th grade (at least 11 years old by May 31st) train to be volunteers for the Griffith-Calumet Township Branch... more
Kids in 5th grade to 12th grade (at least 11 years old by May 31st) train to be volunteers for the Griffith-Calumet Township Branch Summer Reading Program.

Thu, May 23, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Children in grades K-6th are invited to join us for one hour of LEGO® building. Bring your friends, but please leave your own LEGOS®... more
Children in grades K-6th are invited to join us for one hour of LEGO® building. Bring your friends, but please leave your own LEGOS® at home.

Thu, May 23, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
In this beginners workshop, we will investigate mystery novel sub-genre trends, write from prompts, and solve the puzzle of how to... more
In this beginners workshop, we will investigate mystery novel sub-genre trends, write from prompts, and solve the puzzle of how to thicken plot. Please bring your favorite writing gadgets.

Thu, May 23, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Learn how to make a colorful chevron friendship bracelet. Registration is required.

Thu, May 23, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Join our mystery book discussion, Once Upon a Crime. Pick up a copy of the book at the Highland Branch