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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, Jul 24, 10:30am - 11:00am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Children birth - 23 mos. old, accompanied by an adult caregiver, will enjoy this 30 min. lap-sit program. Songs, stories, finger plays... more
Children birth - 23 mos. old, accompanied by an adult caregiver, will enjoy this 30 min. lap-sit program. Songs, stories, finger plays and rhymes will encourage interaction and language development.

Wed, Jul 24, 10:30am - 11:00am
Munster - Children's Program Room
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.

Wed, Jul 24, 10:30am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room
This half hour lap-sit program uses songs and rhymes to foster language development.

Wed, Jul 24, 10:30am - 11:30am
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids 4-6.
This event is full

Wed, Jul 24, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program 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, Jul 24, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Enjoy a movie during summer break. Bring the whole family! Rated PG ; 88 minutes Snacks are welcome (clear drinks only)! *Children under... more
Enjoy a movie during summer break. Bring the whole family! Rated PG ; 88 minutes Snacks are welcome (clear drinks only)! *Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult 18+.

Wed, Jul 24, 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, Jul 24, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
This school aged program will focus on the Indiana Dunes National park's plants, animals and general ecology. Children will learn about... more
This school aged program will focus on the Indiana Dunes National park's plants, animals and general ecology. Children will learn about the natural world not so far from us and what park rangers do.

Wed, Jul 24, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
This program for kids in 1st through 6th grade will introduce kids to engineering concepts through a presentation and fun hands on... more
This program for kids in 1st through 6th grade will introduce kids to engineering concepts through a presentation and fun hands on activities.

Wed, Jul 24, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Explore: Puerto Mogan, Puerto Rico, Tenerife, Palmitos Park, Santa Cruz Maspalomas, Las Teresitas, Playa del Ingles, Candelaria, Gran... more
Explore: Puerto Mogan, Puerto Rico, Tenerife, Palmitos Park, Santa Cruz Maspalomas, Las Teresitas, Playa del Ingles, Candelaria, Gran Canaria

Wed, Jul 24, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
Teens will construct a space obstacle course. Then they will code and operate the Dash and Sphero BOLT 'bots in a race through the course.

Wed, Jul 24, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Adults can try all kinds of sports activities on the Nintendo Wii including bowling, golf, archery, racing, and more! Wii is easy to... more
Adults can try all kinds of sports activities on the Nintendo Wii including bowling, golf, archery, racing, and more! Wii is easy to learn, and lots of fun! Registration required.

Wed, Jul 24, 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Ages 11 and up will have to find clues around the room to solve the puzzle to escape the room.
This event is full

Wed, Jul 24, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Eat snacks while playing video and board games.

Wed, Jul 24, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Play Wii games, jam out on Guitar Hero or many other games!

Wed, Jul 24, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Learn how to write a book review while enjoying snacks and sharing your top picks from this year.

Wed, Jul 24, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Join us for this month's Classic Film selection: Flight of the Navigator. Rated PG. Run time: 90 minutes. Refreshments will be... more
Join us for this month's Classic Film selection: Flight of the Navigator. Rated PG. Run time: 90 minutes. Refreshments will be served. Registration is required.

Wed, Jul 24, 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Munster Branch - Large Meeting Room
Ages 11 and up will have to find clues around the room to solve the puzzle to escape the room.
This event is full

Wed, Jul 24, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit" by Michael Finkel.... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit" by Michael Finkel. Books can be picked up at the circ desk a month before the event.

Thu, Jul 25, 10:15am - 11:30am
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit" by Michael Finkel.... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit" by Michael Finkel. Books can be picked up at the circ desk a month before the event.

Thu, Jul 25, 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, Jul 25, 10:30am - 12:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Join us for this month's Classic Film selection: Flight of the Navigator. Rated PG. Run time: 90 minutes. Refreshments will be... more
Join us for this month's Classic Film selection: Flight of the Navigator. Rated PG. Run time: 90 minutes. Refreshments will be served. Registration is required.

Thu, Jul 25, 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, Jul 25, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Join us for an informal and relaxed discussion, copies are available at the Munster branch. The untold story of the American women... more
Join us for an informal and relaxed discussion, copies are available at the Munster branch. The untold story of the American women who cracked German and Japanese code to help win World War II.

Thu, Jul 25, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Come see animals at the library! Humane Indiana rehabilitates wildlife, and they will be sending some of their nocturnal animals for... more
Come see animals at the library! Humane Indiana rehabilitates wildlife, and they will be sending some of their nocturnal animals for this special event. Which ones? Just wait and see!

Thu, Jul 25, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Build a LEGO® race car, check it's performance on the track, tweak it to your satisfaction, then race the other cars!

Thu, Jul 25, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Dyer/Schererville Library: East parking lot
Explore a real fire truck and beat the heat with the spray from the Schererville Fire Department's tallest and biggest hose. Bring a... more
Explore a real fire truck and beat the heat with the spray from the Schererville Fire Department's tallest and biggest hose. Bring a towel and wear your swimsuit.

Thu, Jul 25, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Children in grades K-6 will have fun making their own unique LEGO® creations. The only requirement is imagination!
This event is full

Thu, Jul 25, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Learn how to hand sew designs of several star constellations on cardstock paper! Easy and simple to make for friends and family! Ages... more
Learn how to hand sew designs of several star constellations on cardstock paper! Easy and simple to make for friends and family! Ages 11-18. Must register.

Thu, Jul 25, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Children who have completed kindergarten and older will explore the universe using STEAM techniques.

Thu, Jul 25, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Children in grades K-6 are invited to join us for one hour of LEGO® building. Bring your friends, but please leave your own LEGOS® at... more
Children in grades K-6 are invited to join us for one hour of LEGO® building. Bring your friends, but please leave your own LEGOS® at home.

Thu, Jul 25, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Kids and their families are invited for an evening of glow in the dark dancing and fun. One glow stick per child will be provided. ... more
Kids and their families are invited for an evening of glow in the dark dancing and fun. One glow stick per child will be provided. Lemonade and snacks will be provided.

Thu, Jul 25, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Join our Once Upon a Crime mystery book discussion. Pick up a copy at the Highland Branch.

Rescheduled
Fri, Jul 26, 10:00am - 11:00am
New date Friday, July 19, 10:00am - 11:00am
Merrillville
Informational and interactive session that focuses on understanding the disease process of progressive dementia.

Rescheduled
Fri, Jul 26, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
New date Friday, July 19, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Merrillville
A session on advanced issues and strategies. Please register by calling Alzheimer's Services of Northern Indiana toll free at... more
A session on advanced issues and strategies. Please register by calling Alzheimer's Services of Northern Indiana toll free at 1-888-303-0180.

Fri, Jul 26, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
G 84 min Five astro-mutts are on a mission to the moon.

Fri, Jul 26, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Brown Bag Movie - Bring your lunch and a beverage and we will provide the popcorn! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fri, Jul 26, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Guest speaker Steve Szabados will give an overview of basic Polish researching techniques. He has conducted extensive research using... more
Guest speaker Steve Szabados will give an overview of basic Polish researching techniques. He has conducted extensive research using church and other records throughout Poland.

Fri, Jul 26, 3:00pm - 4:45pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Join us for the outer space 1999 comedy Galaxy Quest at the library! Rated PG. Runtime: 103 minutes. Snacks will be provided.... more
Join us for the outer space 1999 comedy Galaxy Quest at the library! Rated PG. Runtime: 103 minutes. Snacks will be provided. Registration is required.

Rescheduled
Fri, Jul 26, 3:00pm - 5:30pm
New date Friday, July 26, 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Munster
Come play chess with us! All levels of experience are welcome. We can accommodate 20 people playing at the same time. Jeffrey Graves is... more
Come play chess with us! All levels of experience are welcome. We can accommodate 20 people playing at the same time. Jeffrey Graves is the program facilitator.

Fri, Jul 26, 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Come play chess with us! All levels of experience are welcome. We can accommodate 20 people playing at the same time. Jeffrey Graves is... more
Come play chess with us! All levels of experience are welcome. We can accommodate 20 people playing at the same time. Jeffrey Graves is the program facilitator.