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Principles of Access/Circulation Policy

Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Lake County Public Library - 6/29/17

Purpose

The mission of the Lake County Public Library (LCPL) is to provide the highest quality informational, educational, cultural, and recreational resources and services to residents of all ages in the Lake County Public Library District.

Principles of Access

The principles of access to library materials are embodied and expressed in the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights and its Interpretations and its Freedom to Read Statement, which have been adopted by the Trustees of the Lake County Public Library.

The Board of Trustees has established policies that foster the widest possible access to the library’s materials and services. Access will not be denied or abridged because of religious, racial, social, economic, or political status; or because of mental, emotional, or physical condition; age; or sexual orientation. The Library abides by the Americans with Disabilities Act and will endeavor to make reasonable accommodation to provide access to library materials for people with impairments.

Residents of the LCPL district are eligible for full access cards. Per IC 36-12-2-25 limited access cards are provided to any eligible individuals. The director is responsible for determining the borrowing limits, circulation rules, and guidelines for both full access and limited access cards.

The use of the library may be denied for due cause. Such cause may be failure to return library materials or to pay penalties, destruction of library property, disturbance of other patrons, or any other illegal, disruptive, or objectionable conduct on library premises.

Rights of Library Users

It is the policy of the Board of Trustees of the Lake County Public Library to insure, so far as possible, the privacy of the users of its service and not to make any inquiries into the purposes for which a patron requests information or books.

Library circulation records are for the sole purpose of protecting public property and are not to be used either directly or indirectly to identify the types of materials used by individual library patrons. Under no circumstances shall the library staff answer to a third party about what a patron of the library is reading or calling for from the library’s collections.

Furthermore, such records shall not be made available to any agency of local, state or federal government except pursuant to such process, order, or subpoena as may be authorized under the authority of, and pursuant to, local, state or federal law relating to civil, criminal, or administrative discovery procedures or legislative investigatory power.

The Board of Trustees shall resist the enforcement of any such process, order, or subpoena until such time as a proper showing of good cause has been made in a court of competent jurisdiction. Moreover, any costs incurred by the library in any search through patron records, even under a court order, shall be chargeable to the agency demanding the search.

Responsibilities of Library Users

Card holders are responsible for all materials borrowed or accessed through their card or the cards of children (under the age of 18) for whom they have assumed responsibility. Lost cards should be reported immediately; card holders are responsible for all materials on their card up to the time that they report the card as lost.

The LCPL Board of Trustees believes that parents are responsible for guiding their children’s use of library resources. Parents may choose to monitor or limit the library use of their own child. Standards applied by a child’s parents for that child shall not be imposed on anyone else’s child.

For information relating to fines and fees for full access library cards and lost, damaged or overdue material, refer to the Fines and Fees Policy adopted by the Lake County Public Library Board of Trustees.

The Lake County Public Library is a member of a variety of resource sharing consortia that provide additional access to resources and services for cardholders. Rules for access to these materials are governed by the policies of individual consortia members and may vary.

Adopted 11/22/71
Revised 01/28/82
Revised 10/28/82
Revised 05/23/85
Revised 01/22/87
Revised 04/28/88
Revised 10/27/94
Revised 12/30/97
Revised 04/22/99
Revised 6/29/17

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