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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
Sat, Nov 16, All day
Griffith-Calumet Library
Kids, preschool to 5 grade, pick-up a turkey coloring sheet at Griffith-Calumet Twp. Branch and use your imagination to create the... more
Kids, preschool to 5 grade, pick-up a turkey coloring sheet at Griffith-Calumet Twp. Branch and use your imagination to create the perfect disguise for your turkey. Turn in entries by 11/22/19.

Sat, Nov 16, 9:00am - 11:30am
Hobart - Quiet Study Room
State Representative Ragen Hatcher will be holding open office hours for constituents to voice concerns on community or state issues and... more
State Representative Ragen Hatcher will be holding open office hours for constituents to voice concerns on community or state issues and share ideas for legislation for the 2020 legislative session.

Sat, Nov 16, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Painting class for adults. Work with acrylics & canvas on an easel, following instructor's example to create an original piece of art.... more
Painting class for adults. Work with acrylics & canvas on an easel, following instructor's example to create an original piece of art. $20 cash fee paid at the time of class covers all materials.
This event is full

Sat, Nov 16, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Make knitted hats using looms & yarn provided. No experience is necessary--it's fast & easy.

Sat, Nov 16, 11:00am - 12:00pm
DS: Children's Area
Children will have the opportunity to read to one of the dogs (accompanied by their trainers). The dogs are provided through Power Paws... more
Children will have the opportunity to read to one of the dogs (accompanied by their trainers). The dogs are provided through Power Paws for Kids, a non-profit organization. All ages welcome.

Sat, Nov 16, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Teens, come by the library to create your own faux stained glass artwork using different designs and paint! All supplies will be... more
Teens, come by the library to create your own faux stained glass artwork using different designs and paint! All supplies will be included. Ages 11-17. Please register.

Sat, Nov 16, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Children in grades 1-5 will construct various 3D forms and make a pair of cool 3D glasses. Supplies are limited. Registration required.

Sat, Nov 16, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hobart Library - Children's Area
Readers of all ages are invited to practice their reading skills by reading to a therapy dog.

Sat, Nov 16, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Hang out at the library like it's your living room. We provide the video games & board games...you bring your family to join in on the... more
Hang out at the library like it's your living room. We provide the video games & board games...you bring your family to join in on the fun! All ages are welcome!

Sat, Nov 16, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
Teens, come learn how you can make your own candles! You can add them to your decor or give them as gifts. Registration required.

Sat, Nov 16, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Small Study Room
State Representative Ragen Hatcher will be holding open office hours for constituents to voice concerns on community or state issues,... more
State Representative Ragen Hatcher will be holding open office hours for constituents to voice concerns on community or state issues, and hear ideas for legislation for the 2020 legislative session.

Mon, Nov 18, All day
Griffith-Calumet Library
Kids, preschool to 5 grade, pick-up a turkey coloring sheet at Griffith-Calumet Twp. Branch and use your imagination to create the... more
Kids, preschool to 5 grade, pick-up a turkey coloring sheet at Griffith-Calumet Twp. Branch and use your imagination to create the perfect disguise for your turkey. Turn in entries by 11/22/19.

Rescheduled
Mon, Nov 18, 10:00am - 12:00pm
New date Monday, November 18, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Merrillville
Painting class for adults. Work with acrylics & canvas on an easel, following instructor's example to create an original piece of art.... more
Painting class for adults. Work with acrylics & canvas on an easel, following instructor's example to create an original piece of art. $20 cash fee paid at the time of class covers all materials.

Mon, Nov 18, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
This half hour lap-sit program is for children, ages birth to 23 months, and their caregivers. We use songs, rhymes, and fingerplays to... more
This half hour lap-sit program is for children, ages birth to 23 months, and their caregivers. We use songs, rhymes, and fingerplays to encourage interaction and foster language development. 

Mon, Nov 18, 10:30am - 11:15am
Hobart - Children's Program 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.

Mon, Nov 18, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Painting class for adults. Work with acrylics & canvas on an easel, following instructor's example to create an original piece of art.... more
Painting class for adults. Work with acrylics & canvas on an easel, following instructor's example to create an original piece of art. $20 cash fee paid at the time of class covers all materials.

Mon, Nov 18, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Experienced dance instructor will teach Ballroom Dancing for 6 weeks.

Mon, Nov 18, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
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.

Mon, Nov 18, 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Master Gardener Dolly Foster will be joining the group after the regular meeting!

Mon, Nov 18, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
4 and 5 year olds will hear stories and participate in music activities, rhymes, crafts, and other activities, with an emphasis on... more
4 and 5 year olds will hear stories and participate in music activities, rhymes, crafts, and other activities, with an emphasis on important early pre-reading skills.

Mon, Nov 18, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room
Storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids 4-5.

Mon, Nov 18, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Picture books, flannel boards, puppets, songs, fingerplays and a craft bring language to life in this fun program.

Mon, Nov 18, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Travel through Italy via the library's big screen!

Mon, Nov 18, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Kids (K-5th grade) will make their own LEGO® creations using the library's LEGO® blocks.

Mon, Nov 18, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Would you like to help plan the St. John Library's future teen events? If so, join our Teen Advisory Board! You will earn volunteer... more
Would you like to help plan the St. John Library's future teen events? If so, join our Teen Advisory Board! You will earn volunteer hours while we discuss and plan future teen programs. Ages 11-17.

Mon, Nov 18, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
We'll watch episodes from an anime series. We'll also have art supplies on hand if you want to draw, sketch, or get creative or bring in... more
We'll watch episodes from an anime series. We'll also have art supplies on hand if you want to draw, sketch, or get creative or bring in your own sketchbook and projects to work on.

Mon, Nov 18, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster - Children's Program Room
Hands-on learning for school-age children involving science and technology. Please register all attendees so we may be able to count... more
Hands-on learning for school-age children involving science and technology. Please register all attendees so we may be able to count you in our attendance.

Mon, Nov 18, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Travel through Italy via the library's big screen!

Mon, Nov 18, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Different levels are available. Classes are free.

Mon, Nov 18, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
St. John - Children's Program Room
All children and their families are invited to build with the library's LEGO® and DUPLO® blocks. Design something nifty for our... more
All children and their families are invited to build with the library's LEGO® and DUPLO® blocks. Design something nifty for our display case! Please Register.

Mon, Nov 18, 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Cedar Lake - Public Tables
Bring yarn and a size H crochet hook or size 7 knitting needles and cotton yarn ... or bring along a project you're already working on!