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Curbside pick up now available!

Curbside Pickup

Please do not arrive at the library until you receive the notification that your holds are ready for pick up. (You do not need to wait for a notification if you are picking up prints.)

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Curbside service is available at all LCPL locations. Just place a hold using our catalog or our callback service (219-769-3541, ext 4). We'll let you know when it's ready so you can pick it up safely. Here's how it works.

Related: Are Library Materials Safe to Borrow?

Used to Browsing? Not Sure What to Get?

Walk-in hours are now available! Or, check out our staff recommendations. You can also give us a call or use our Ask a Librarian form to request a recommendation - just let us know what you like, and we'll make a personalized suggestion.

Prefer to live on the wild side? Fill out our surprise bag request form and we'll put together a bag of five surprise items based on your taste!

If you have a lost item on your account, please contact us before using curbside pick-up.

Curbside Hours:

Note: Hours are subject to change based on staff availability and weather.

cedar lake branch Cedar Lake: 219-374-7121

Mon: CLOSED

Tue - Thurs: 11:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Fri & Sat: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Sun: CLOSED

dyer-schererville branch Dyer-Schererville: 219-322-4731

Mon: 11:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Tue: CLOSED

Wed & Thurs: 11:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Fri & Sat: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Sun: CLOSED

griffith-calumet township branch Griffith-Calumet Twp: 219-838-2825

Mon: 11:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Tue: CLOSED

Wed & Thurs: 11:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Fri & Sat: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Sun: CLOSED

highland branch Highland: 219-838-2394

Mon - Wed: 11:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Thurs: CLOSED

Fri & Sat: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Sun: CLOSED

hobart branch Hobart: 219-942-2243

Mon - Wed: 11:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Thurs: CLOSED 

Fri & Sat: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Sun: CLOSED

lake station new chicago branch Lake Station-New Chicago: 219-962-2409

Mon: CLOSED

Tue - Thurs: 11:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Fri & Sat: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Sun: CLOSED

Merrillville Branch Merrillville: 219-769-3541

Mon & Tue: 11:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Wed: CLOSED

Thurs: 11:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Fri & Sat: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM 

Sun: CLOSED 

Munster Branch Munster: 219-836-8450

Mon & Tues: 11:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Wed: CLOSED

Thurs: 11:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Fri & Sat: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM 

Sun: CLOSED 

st. john branch St. John: 219-365-5379

Mon - Wed: 11:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Thurs: CLOSED

Fri & Sat: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Sun: CLOSED

Here's How Curbside Pickup Works:

1: Place your hold.

Search the catalog for the item you want and click "Place Request" or a book with a magnifying glass. Search for you item and place a hold.use our callback service to let us know what you want (219-769-3541, ext 4)

• Not sure what you want? Use Ask a Librarian or the callback service to ask for a recommendation based on your taste!

• Filling holds will take at least one full business day after the item is listed as available in our catalog. Thank you for your patience!

2: Wait for your hold notification.

• Do not come to the library until you receive your notification!

• We highly recommend using email notifications because they contain detailed instructions. You can use them in addition to text message notifications. Here's how.

• You'll have 7 days to pick up your holds once you receive your notification.

• You must pick up all available holds; we won't leave available holds on the shelf for later.

parking space sign reading Curbside Pickup 1. Call phone number.3: Go to the library and park in a designated curbside pickup spot. Stay in your vehicle with the windows rolled up.

If you leave your vehicle we will not deliver your items.

• Walked or biked to the library? Here's how to use curbside service without a vehicle.

4: Call the number on the parking spot sign and press 1

• Don't call until you're actually in one of the special curbside parking spots, even if you have to wait for someone else to pull away!

• If the line is busy, just hang up and try again. There may be many people at your branch picking up items!

• Have your library card number ready. We'll need you to read it to us to make sure you get the right items.

• If you won't be able to exit your vehicle to get the items from the hook due to mobility concerns, please let staff know at this time. We'll work with you to hand off your items safely.

• Don't attempt to place further holds using this phone line. Holds are only accepted via callback service or through the catalog.

5: STAY IN YOUR VEHICLE with the windows rolled up. A staff member will arrive shortly and hang your items on the hook in front of your vehicle.

You may exit your vehicle to pick up your items after staff have gone back into the building.

• Don't attempt to return materials during your pick up. Use the drop boxes instead.

6: Enjoy your library items!

an open book with hearts emerging

Curbside Without a Car

If you'll be walking or biking to the library to pick up your holds, just follow these instructions:

1: Call your branch once you receive the notification that your holds are ready for pick up.

2: Let us know you'd like to walk to the library to pick up your holds and we'll give you a pick up time and specific instructions for where to wait at your branch.

3: Arrive at the appointed time and call your branch to let us know you're here. 

4: Receive your items and head home to enjoy!

Upcoming Events
Sat, Jan 16, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books... more
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books and songs to foster pre-literacy skills.

Sun, Jan 17, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer... more
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer picture book, read in its entirety.

Mon, Jan 18, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Merrillville
In honor of MLK Day, get free legal advice from NWI lawyers. Reserve your spot via email, or get in a waiting room to have a brief, free... more
In honor of MLK Day, get free legal advice from NWI lawyers. Reserve your spot via email, or get in a waiting room to have a brief, free chat with a volunteer lawyer.

Mon, Jan 18, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in elementary grades are invited to join us for a special MLK-themed book break.

Mon, Jan 18, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Zoom
The Legacy Foundation's newest community conversation series begins with a discussion of Colson Whiteheads's The Underground Railroad. ... more
The Legacy Foundation's newest community conversation series begins with a discussion of Colson Whiteheads's The Underground Railroad. The Griffith-Calumet Twp branch will host a discussion via Zoom.

Mon, Jan 18, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Virtual class is for high beginners and intermediate... more
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Virtual class is for high beginners and intermediate level students. Classes are free.

Tue, Jan 19, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books... more
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books and songs to foster pre-literacy skills.

Tue, Jan 19, 10:30am - 11:30am
Hobart Branch - Zoom
Our January 2021 title is Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. Pick up a copy at the Hobart curbside and join us for a virtual chat! Contact... more
Our January 2021 title is Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. Pick up a copy at the Hobart curbside and join us for a virtual chat! Contact us at hobart@lcplin.org for event details.

Tue, Jan 19, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Merrillville
Join rangers as they explore the Hearst Castle live and talk about William Randolph Hearst's vast collection of world art. You'll need... more
Join rangers as they explore the Hearst Castle live and talk about William Randolph Hearst's vast collection of world art. You'll need an email address to register.

Wed, Jan 20, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children from birth through 23 months and a caregiver are invited to tune in weekly for a 10 to 15-minute lapsit program that fosters... more
Children from birth through 23 months and a caregiver are invited to tune in weekly for a 10 to 15-minute lapsit program that fosters child development and pre-literacy skills.

Rescheduled
Wed, Jan 20, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
New date Tuesday, January 12, 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Journey into the secret world of carnivorous plants with Longwood Gardens! You will need an email address to sign up.

Rescheduled
Wed, Jan 20, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
New date Tuesday, January 19, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Join rangers as they explore the Hearst Castle live and talk about William Randolph Hearst's vast collection of world art. You'll need... more
Join rangers as they explore the Hearst Castle live and talk about William Randolph Hearst's vast collection of world art. You'll need an email address to register.

Wed, Jan 20, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Join us for our virtual teen book club! This month we will be reading and discussing "Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda" by Becky... more
Join us for our virtual teen book club! This month we will be reading and discussing "Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda" by Becky Albertalli. Registration is required. Ages 12-18

Wed, Jan 20, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
LCPL Zoom Meeting - Zoom Room
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Virtual class is for high beginners and intermediate... more
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Virtual class is for high beginners and intermediate level students. Classes are free.

Thu, Jan 21, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in mid to upper elementary school grades are invited to tune in weekly to learn about a book and hear the first chapter. All... more
Children in mid to upper elementary school grades are invited to tune in weekly to learn about a book and hear the first chapter. All books are available on Hoopla or Overdrive.

Fri, Jan 22, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer... more
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer picture book, read in its entirety.

Sat, Jan 23, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books... more
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books and songs to foster pre-literacy skills.

Sun, Jan 24, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer... more
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer picture book, read in its entirety.

Mon, Jan 25, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet twp Library - Zoom
Our January title is "The Friend" by Sigrid Nunez. Pick up a copy at the Griffith curbside and join us for a virtual chat! Email... more
Our January title is "The Friend" by Sigrid Nunez. Pick up a copy at the Griffith curbside and join us for a virtual chat! Email required. Contact us at griffith@lcplin.org for event details.

Mon, Jan 25, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Virtual class is for high beginners and intermediate... more
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Virtual class is for high beginners and intermediate level students. Classes are free.