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Purchase Requests & Interlibrary Loans

Please note that only Full Access patrons may use our Interlibrary Loan/Purchase Request service!

You may have 5 requests active at any one time (requests for digital materials do not count toward this total).

Can't Find What You Need?

  1. Check our catalog first! (Looking for ebooks or downloadable audiobooks? Go here.)

  2. If the item you want is not in our catalog, click the Purchase Request/Interlibrary Loan link that appears at the top of your search results. (If you're on mobile, tap Search Options to find the Purchase Request/Interlibrary Loan link).

    Desktop:
    The Purchase Request link is located under the search bar in the catalog
    Mobile: where to find the purhcase request link on mobile

  3. In the window that opens, check the box next to OCLC WorldCat and click Set Databases.
    Select WorldCat to find a book not in our collection

  4. Click 'Go!' to run your search again. (Tip: Use "quotation marks" to search for an exact phrase and use the drop-down Search By menu to specify that you're looking for a title. When all else fails, search by ISBN!)
    Tips: Use quotation marks and the drop down menus to make a more specific search. When all else fails, try ISBN!

  5. When you find the title you were looking for, Click the "Place Request" button.
    Click Place Reqest when you find your title.

    If you're not already logged in, you will have to enter your library card and PIN.
    Please note: Requests can only be completed by Full Access card holders.

  6. If you can't find the item in the World Catalog, call us at (219) 769-3541 or use our 24/7 Ask a Librarian service. We'll help you out!

Following these steps works even if the item you need is out of print or very old - if we can't buy it for our collection, we'll find another library that will loan it to us!

Still Have Questions?

See our Interlibrary Loan & Purchase Request FAQs. If you need more help, you can always use our Ask a Librarian form - available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Request eBooks & eAudiobooks

You can also request digital materials to add to the library's collection! You can make 2 requests for digital materials per week. Follow the steps below.

  • First, check our digital collection to see if we have the item. You should check both Overdrive and Hoopla.

  • If you can't find the title in either Overdrive or Hoopla, you can request the title through Overdrive (Hoopla does not allow for requests). Go to Overdrive's advanced search page, type in the title, and make sure you choose "Recommend to library" under Availability. If the title exists in Overdrive's library, it will appear in your results.

  • Hover over the book cover you wish to suggest and click "Recommend" (you will be prompted to sign in if you haven't already). Click "Recommend This Title" in the window that appears.

  • If you need help, you can always give your local library a call or use our Ask a Librarian form!

Need more specific instructions? If you've already checked Hoopla for the book you are looking for, try this step-by-step guide for suggesting an item through Overdrive, complete with pictures!

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Looking for something new? These titles have just hit our shelves!

Upcoming Events
Tue, Jan 28, 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.

Tue, Jan 28, 10:00am - 10:45am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft, that teach early... more
Storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft, that teach early literacy skills.

Tue, Jan 28, 10:30am - 11:30am
St. John - Children's Program Room
Children will develop pre-reading skills as they enjoy stories, music, and a craft.

Tue, Jan 28, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids 4-5.

Tue, Jan 28, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Library Foyer - Library Foyer
A Representative from NorthShore Health Center will be offering free blood pressure screenings in the foyer. First come, first served.

Rescheduled
Tue, Jan 28, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
New date Tuesday, January 28, 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Munster
Come play board games or card games.

Tue, Jan 28, 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Come play board games or card games.

Tue, Jan 28, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
School-age children, K-6th grade, are invited to the library for an hour of art exploration and fun. All supplies will be provided.... more
School-age children, K-6th grade, are invited to the library for an hour of art exploration and fun. All supplies will be provided. Space is limited. Please wear clothes you can get messy in.

Tue, Jan 28, 6:30pm - 7:15pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Families are invited to join us for a 45 minute story time. We will read books, sing songs, and have fun activities! Kids can wear their... more
Families are invited to join us for a 45 minute story time. We will read books, sing songs, and have fun activities! Kids can wear their pajamas at this relaxed evening story time.

Tue, Jan 28, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Stories, fingerplays, music, related activities and a craft are all included in this storytime for children and their family members.

Tue, Jan 28, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Documentary telling the full, astonishing story of Eva Kor and her survival of Auschwitz. It reveals her hidden pain, rage and... more
Documentary telling the full, astonishing story of Eva Kor and her survival of Auschwitz. It reveals her hidden pain, rage and unextinguished love for humanity. 90minutes 

Wed, Jan 29, 10:00am - 11:30am
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Kids ages 6 months through 3 years old and their caregivers will enjoy interacting at various play stations. Playing helps children... more
Kids ages 6 months through 3 years old and their caregivers will enjoy interacting at various play stations. Playing helps children learn language, literacy, social, and other skills.

Wed, Jan 29, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Griffith/Calumet Twp Library - Table by front doors
2020 Census recruiters will be available to help you get more information on job positions and how to apply. Walk-ins welcome.

Wed, Jan 29, 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, Jan 29, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Homeschoolers in grades K-6th will make an art project with supplies provided by the library. Sign-ups are required and space is limited.

Wed, Jan 29, 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Merrillville - Quiet Study Room #3
Every Wednesday, in Quiet Study Room 3, 2020 Census Recruitment Advisors will be available to help you apply for Census employment. ... more
Every Wednesday, in Quiet Study Room 3, 2020 Census Recruitment Advisors will be available to help you apply for Census employment. Walk-ins are welcome!

Wed, Jan 29, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Different levels are available. Classes are free.

Wed, Jan 29, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
Representatives from Centier Bank will give general advice about getting your finances in order. This is the year to achieve your... more
Representatives from Centier Bank will give general advice about getting your finances in order. This is the year to achieve your resolutions!

Wed, Jan 29, 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Parlez-vous francais? French speakers of all skill levels are welcome to join us for conversations in French.

Thu, Jan 30, 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, Jan 30, 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, Jan 30, 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Highland - Quiet Study Room
Every Thursday, in our Study Room, 2020 Census recruiters will be available to help you apply for Census employment. Walk-ins are welcome!

Thu, Jan 30, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Kids ages 6 months through 3 years old and their caregivers will enjoy interacting at various play stations. Playing helps children... more
Kids ages 6 months through 3 years old and their caregivers will enjoy interacting at various play stations. Playing helps children learn language, literacy, social, and other skills.