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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).

Are you blocked from placing a request due to overdue items? Contact us! We're allowing some flexibility in this rule due to the pandemic.

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.
    If you are blocked from placing a request due to overdue items, please contact us - we're allowing some flexibility in this rule due to the pandemic!

  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
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.

Tue, Jan 26, 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 26, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
How do elephant seals live in the frigid winter waters of the ocean? What lets them live in such an extreme way? Find out with a visit... more
How do elephant seals live in the frigid winter waters of the ocean? What lets them live in such an extreme way? Find out with a visit to their habitat! You will need an email address to attend.

Tue, Jan 26, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Zoom
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan." Books for this Zoom discussion can be picked up at the... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan." Books for this Zoom discussion can be picked up at the Dyer-Schererville branch a month prior to the event.

Tue, Jan 26, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Teens are invited to play the popular game of deception, Among Us. We will work together to find the impostor. Is it your friend? Could... more
Teens are invited to play the popular game of deception, Among Us. We will work together to find the impostor. Is it your friend? Could it be you? You appear to be a little sus. Ages 11 - 17.