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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
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.