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Lake County Public Library

Patron Rules of Conduct Policy

These Patron Rules of Conduct were adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Lake County Public Library to promote a safe, attractive, and orderly atmosphere; to ensure every person’s ability to use the library and library materials to the maximum extent possible; and to have reasonable access to library facilities without interference from any other person. The policy cannot anticipate every possible event or situation.  Employees are expected to use their best judgement in the spirit of this policy. 

The Lake County Public Library supports the rights of all individuals to:

  • Friendly, courteous, and respectful service;

  • Free and equal access to information;

  • Privacy and confidentiality in their use of library services and collections;

  • A clean, comfortable, and pleasant environment; and

  • Use of the library undisturbed without threat of harm, interference, or discrimination.

Use of library facilities and resources implies acceptance of our Patron Rules of Conduct, which are based on these basic principles:

  • Respect other patrons and their right to have a positive experience of the library.

  • Respect library employees whose responsibility it is to help you get the most from your library experience and to maintain a safe and comfortable atmosphere for all patrons.

  • Respect all library facilities, materials, computers, equipment, and resources, and understand and follow rules related to their use.

Noise Policy

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. We welcome all ages and abilities and also protect the right of library users to speak/play at a respectful volume.

Lake County Public Library is committed to providing a safe and welcoming atmosphere for people of all ages and abilities. A wide variety of activities are encouraged in our buildings, including some activities that produce noise. Library users are welcome to converse, play and collaborate at a volume that is respectful to other library users. It is the responsibility of library staff to determine what noise level is best suited to the needs of its users. Please direct any noise complaints to library staff.

Respect of other patrons

To ensure individuals' rights to use the library free of disruption, library patrons shall be engaged in activities associated with the use of a public library while in the building. Patrons not engaged in reading, studying, using library materials or services, attending programs or classes, or viewing exhibits may be asked to leave the building.

Noise and conversations are expected to be kept at low levels out of consideration for other patrons. Bringing pets or animals into the Library, other than service animals necessary for accommodation, must be authorized by the Director.

Respect of library employees

The safety and security of our employees and patrons are of the utmost importance. Library employees have the right to a safe and respectful workplace environment. Patrons will use polite language and keep the tone of voice moderate.

Conduct that causes or threatens harm to others, interferes with library employees’ performance of duties, or constitutes persistent, unwanted behaviors will not be tolerated.

All patrons are expected to comply with reasonable requests of any library employee.

Respect of facilities, materials, computers, equipment, and resources

The Library is supported by taxpayers who reside in the Lake County Public Library district. These patrons expect our facilities to be clean, comfortable, and safe. It is expected that all library users will treat library materials, furniture, and equipment with care, and use library facilities, materials, and furnishings as intended.

Single-serving, dry snacks and covered beverages are permitted in most areas.

Soliciting is not permitted except in support of the library and sanctioned library activities. 

Enforcement of the Patron Rules of Conduct Policy

  • Library employees may at any time request that patrons show library cards and other documents (driver's license, school ID, e.g.) for purposes of identification.

  • The library reserves the right to inspect all bags, purses, briefcases, or backpacks for concealed library materials.

  • It is expected that patrons will follow federal, state, and local laws and policies. Library employees are authorized to call the police for assistance in the case of violent behavior or illegal activities; or to ensure enforcement of this policy.

  • Library employees have the authority to decide what is considered appropriate behavior and to enforce the Patron Rules of Conduct. Library staff will inform the patron of the relevant conduct policy and warn the patron that continued violation will result in a loss of privileges. Staff may ask the patron to leave the Library property for one day if they are uncooperative or argumentative. The Library reserves the right at all times to immediately eject a patron who is dangerous or in any way threatening employees or other patrons. In addition, the

  • Library may pursue remedies under Federal, State, or local law where applicable.

  • Unattended minors who do not abide by library rules and policies, or who exhibit unacceptable behavior, will be asked to leave, and/or call their parents for a ride home. If unable to reach their parents, or if a ride is unavailable, the children may be considered abandoned and the local police department will be called.

Suspension of Library Privileges

  • The Lake County Library Board of Trustees authorizes library staff and law enforcement officers to enforce the library’s published Patron Code of Conduct Policy up to and including long-term suspension of library privileges, permanent banning from the library or prosecution.

  • Depending on the nature and frequency of the behavior, consequences may include suspension of library privileges or permanent banning.  The Library Director has the authority to ban from the library premises any individual whose behavior is a sufficient threat to the ability of the library to operate in a safe manner or individuals who repeatedly violate the Patron Code of Conduct. If the individual facing exclusion is under the age of eighteen (18), then banning will not occur until the minor’s parent or guardian is notified in writing. 

  • Banning or exclusion from library premises denies the patron access to the building, grounds and services of any library within the Lake County Public Library system as well as from all telephone reference.  The individual will receive the suspension notice in writing and a copy will be kept at all library locations. The patron may still access from an offsite computer the library’s webpage and any databases available through that site.  

  • If any individual named in a suspension notice enters a Lake County Public Library before the return date listed on the suspension notice, it will be considered criminal trespass and the individual will be asked to leave. If the individual does not leave when asked, staff will contact local law enforcement.

  • Individuals who have had their library privileges suspended may appeal the suspension. The request must be in writing and will be evaluated by the Library Board.

  • It is the sole responsibility of the individual banned to apply for reinstatement of library privileges. These are not automatically available at the end of the period of exclusion. A Request for Resolution must be completed to be eligible for reinstatement.

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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.