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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, Oct 27, 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, Oct 27, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Dyer-Schererville Library - Zoom
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "Small Great Things." Books for this Zoom discussion can be picked up during curbside hours at... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "Small Great Things." Books for this Zoom discussion can be picked up during curbside hours at Dyer-Schererville a month prior to the event.

Wed, Oct 28, 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.

Thu, Oct 29, 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.

Thu, Oct 29, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Join a ranger in Crystal Cove State Park in California, and learn about tidal pools as she explores one live! You must have an email... more
Join a ranger in Crystal Cove State Park in California, and learn about tidal pools as she explores one live! You must have an email address to register. 

Thu, Oct 29, 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Face masks are required. Social distancing will be maintained.

Fri, Oct 30, 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, Oct 31, 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.

Sat, Oct 31, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake County Public Library - Zoom
This Halloween, join us on Zoom in full costume for our contest. Must have email and video capability. We will have prizes, so come in... more
This Halloween, join us on Zoom in full costume for our contest. Must have email and video capability. We will have prizes, so come in your best! *All costumes must be family appropriate.

Mon, Nov 02, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Celebrate 100 years of women voting with Seneca Falls Historical Park and Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument! You'll need... more
Celebrate 100 years of women voting with Seneca Falls Historical Park and Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument! You'll need an email address to register.

Tue, Nov 03, 6:00am - 6:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
We are the polling location for Precinct 6 in Lake Station. If you need to confirm your polling place, please call the Lake County Board... more
We are the polling location for Precinct 6 in Lake Station. If you need to confirm your polling place, please call the Lake County Board of Elections at 219-755-3795 .

Canceled
Tue, Nov 03, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Dyer-Schererville
Teens, come hang out with your friends and play board games! Bring your favorite game or play one we already have!

Canceled
Tue, Nov 03, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Dyer-Schererville
Meet with your friends, eat snacks and help plan future teen programs at Dyer-Schererville!

Wed, Nov 04, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Important changes are coming to Medicare in 2021. Do you know what they are? Come and get the answers you need to your other Medicare... more
Important changes are coming to Medicare in 2021. Do you know what they are? Come and get the answers you need to your other Medicare questions, as well. An email address is necessary to join.

Thu, Nov 05, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Join us for a night of virtual trivia! This game will feature general trivia questions. Test your knowledge and win a prize! Ages 11 -... more
Join us for a night of virtual trivia! This game will feature general trivia questions. Test your knowledge and win a prize! Ages 11 - 17. Registration is required for this virtual event.