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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.

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 information to prepare for American citizenship.

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. Activities will help to develop important pre-literacy skills.

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 health of your entire body.

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 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, 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 safety given by an Indiana State Police ICAC Youth Educator.

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 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 family movies for current and future generations.

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