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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
Thu, Oct 24, 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, Oct 24, 10:15am - 11:30am
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI " by David Grann. Books... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI " by David Grann. Books can be picked up at the circ desk a month before the event.

Thu, Oct 24, 10:30am - 11:00am
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, Oct 24, 10:30am - 12:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Join us for this month's Classic Film series selection: Dracula, the 1931 classic, starring Bela Lugosi. Run time: 75... more
Join us for this month's Classic Film series selection: Dracula, the 1931 classic, starring Bela Lugosi. Run time: 75 minutes. Refreshments will be served. Registration Required.

Thu, Oct 24, 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, Oct 24, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
In a series of seven presentations, participants will explore how nutrition, exercise and other factors play important roles in the... more
In a series of seven presentations, participants will explore how nutrition, exercise and other factors play important roles in the health of your entire body.

Thu, Oct 24, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Join us for an informal and relaxed discussion of "My Last Continent" by Midge Raymond. Copies are available at the Munster branch.

Thu, Oct 24, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Adults can try all types of sports activities on the Nintendo Wii including bowling, golf, archery, racing, and more! Wii is easy to... more
Adults can try all types 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.

Thu, Oct 24, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Join us as we learn about this celebration of life and death, create an ofrenda and eat some treats. Feliz Día de los Muertos--Happy... more
Join us as we learn about this celebration of life and death, create an ofrenda and eat some treats. Feliz Día de los Muertos--Happy Day of the Dead

Thu, Oct 24, 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Highland - Quiet Study Room
Every Thursday, in the Study Room, 2020 Census recruiters will be available to help you apply for Census employment. Walk-ins are welcome!

Thu, Oct 24, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
St. John - Children's Program Room
A Hallowe'en party for children from kindergarten to fifth grade. Feel free to come in costume, and join us for some not-so-scary fun!... more
A Hallowe'en party for children from kindergarten to fifth grade. Feel free to come in costume, and join us for some not-so-scary fun! Please sign up in advance to guarantee your spot!
This event is full

Thu, Oct 24, 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, Oct 24, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Be informed on how to navigate the internet safely. Children, teens and their families are invited for a presentation on internet... more
Be informed on how to navigate the internet safely. Children, teens and their families are invited for a presentation on internet safety given by an Indiana State Police ICAC Youth Educator.

Thu, Oct 24, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
NWI Heritage Event featuring Margaret Pollack. Learn about the indigenous people of NW Indiana past and present.

Thu, Oct 24, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Inviting teens, ages 12-18, to LEGO® and Board Game Night. Stop in to build your creation or pick a board game to play instead. Please... more
Inviting teens, ages 12-18, to LEGO® and Board Game Night. Stop in to build your creation or pick a board game to play instead. Please register. Snacks will be provided.

Thu, Oct 24, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Bring your projects and join us. Chat with fellow crafters and work on your project without the interruptions of home. All are welcome.

Thu, Oct 24, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Join us for our Once Upon a Crime mystery book discussion. Pick up a copy at the Highland Branch.
This event is full

Fri, Oct 25, 10:00am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Informational and interactive session that focuses on understanding the disease process of progressive dementia.

Fri, Oct 25, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
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, Oct 25, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Lake County Public Library Digital Lab Assistant Megan Harms will explain the different ways you can preserve your photos, slides and... more
Lake County Public Library Digital Lab Assistant Megan Harms will explain the different ways you can preserve your photos, slides and family movies for current and future generations.

Fri, Oct 25, 1:00pm - 3:15pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Enjoy the new live action Aladdin on the library's big screen.

Fri, Oct 25, 3:00pm - 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.

Sat, Oct 26, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Make knitted hats using looms & yarn provided. No experience is necessary--it's fast & easy.

Sat, Oct 26, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Baby & Me Time is a 1/2 hour program which includes songs, stories, and sensory play for babies 0 to 23 months and their caregiver.

Sat, Oct 26, 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, Oct 26, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Collaborate on a Choose Your Own Adventure story! We'll read a spooky CYOA story and choose our fate together, then write one as a team.... more
Collaborate on a Choose Your Own Adventure story! We'll read a spooky CYOA story and choose our fate together, then write one as a team. Please register: the more writers, the bigger the story.

Sat, Oct 26, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Join us for Movie Time with popcorn and beverages as we watch Little. Rated PG-13 ; 109 minutes

Sat, Oct 26, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Make knitted hats using looms and yarn provided. No experience is necessary -- it is fast and easy.

Sat, Oct 26, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Snacks will be served and plans will be made for upcoming projects. Bring your ideas and be prepared for a fun time.