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Lake County Public Library Computer

Guidelines for Public Use of Library Computers

A library card is required to use the Library's computers. Visitors to Northwest Indiana may apply for an in-house use card with no borrowing privileges to log on to the computers.

All cardholders in good standing may use Web PCs after signing the Internet Use Agreement.  Parents must sign the agreement for children under 18.

You must agree to abide by the below guidelines and the Library's Computer Use Policy before using Library PCs. The privilege of using Library computers may be revoked if you violate the Library's Computer Use Policy or fail to comply with the guidelines below.

The Library cooperates fully with law enforcement if you engage in illegal activity while using the Library's computers or network.

Use Restrictions

  • Do not display sexually explicit graphics or detailed graphics of violence.

  • Do not run programs from any type of disk.

  • Do not alter Library hardware or attach peripherals except for floppy disks, USB drives, media cards, or headphones.

  • The Library is not responsible for any loss or damage to user equipment or data.

Time Restrictions (Includes Printing Time)

  • Web/Multipurpose PCs -

    • 60 minutes when others are waiting

    • 15 minute extensions when no one is waiting up to a maximum 360 minutes (6 hours) per day

  • Information Stations (catalog/databases/Indiana government sites) -

    • 60 minute sessions; additional sessions when no one is waiting

  • Children’s PCs at Central Library -

    • 60 minutes (1 hour) when others are waiting; maximum 120 minutes (2 hours) per day


  • Black and white - 5¢ per page

E-Mail, Chat, Online Use of Credit Cards

  • Use at your own risk.

  • Parents, please monitor your minor children's use of chat.

  • Staff can provide you with assistance signing on to Library PCs. If you are not familiar with using computers or the Web, please register for the training classes offered at all branches before using library PCs.

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 foster language development.

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 will help parents feel prepared for the birth of their baby. 

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 - 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 of Medicare and how to choose a plan that may meet your needs.

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 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, 10:30am - 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. Activities will help to develop important pre-literacy skills.

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 Summer Reading Program.

Sat, May 25, 11:00am - 12:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
All children and their families are invited to come and read to these certified therapy dogs. Please Register.

Sat, May 25, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Celebrate the invention of masking tape this month & create a set of 4 coasters using tile & a variety of washi masking tape.
This event is full

Sat, May 25, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Students ages 11 years old & up who wish to volunteer during the summer will receive training. Parents are not required to attend but all volunteers must have an application signed by a parent.

Sat, May 25, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
Teens interested in being a volunteer this summer are required to attend one of our volunteer training sessions. All volunteers (ages 11-18) must fill out an application and waiver form.