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LCPL: Beyond Books

Library Services

What can the library do for you?

How about help you learn to use your electronic devices? Or help you track down your great-great-great-aunt? We can recommend a good book, and get it to you for free. We can talk to your students about research, we can help them do that research, and we can give them a place to work on school projects. Don't speak English? We can help with that, too. Basically, there's no end to what a library can do for you if you use it!

And, did we mention - all of the services mentioned above and most of the ones below are provided to our patrons completely free.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Children in LCPL school districts under the age of 5 are eligible to receive one free book every month! Learn More...

The Libratory

A place to explore, create, experiment, and digitize. Specializing in quick, easy photoscanning - grab your box of old photos and make an appointment today! Learn More...

Public Meeting Rooms

Need a space for your group to meet? How about a smaller room for studying? All of our locations have meeting rooms available to the public! Learn More...

Scan/Fax Capability

Scan photos and documents and send them to your phone, USB, Google Drive, and more! Learn more...

Outreach

We speak to schools, rotary groups, historical societies, community groups and more about how the library's resources can help with specific projects. Call your branch to schedule a talk for your group!

Genealogy

Use library resources to trace your roots. We have online databases that patrons can access for free, as well as local records in our Indiana Room at Merrillville branch. Learn more...

Reader's Advisory

We'll help you, personally, find a book you'll like. Seriously, we're really good at this. Just ask. You can also use our pre-made suggestions and tools for finding books.

Proctoring

Every branch offers proctoring services for open book, closed book, and online exams. Contact your branch to schedule an exam.

Research Specialists

There's no source more reliable than a librarian. We'll find you answers you can trust from reputable sources. Ask us anything online, in person, or over the phone.

English as a Second Language

If you'd like to improve your English speaking, reading, and writing skills, we can help with classes geared to every skill level. We also offer classes for those about to attempt the U.S. Citizenship Exam. Learn more...

Interlibrary Loan

If we don't have a book you're looking for in our collection, we'll get it for you from another library and bring it to the branch of your choice for you to check out - and no, there is no cost to you. Learn more...

Library Tours & Group Visits

Set up a library tour or group visit by calling your branch. This is especially helpful for students who need to learn to use the library for class projects. If you plan to bring a large group, please call ahead of time so that we can prepare space! Learn more...

Public Computers

Our public PCs come equipped with word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software in addition to Internet access and printing. Anyone with a library card can use them!

Classes/Programs

From early literacy classes to crafting classes, there's no end to what you can learn at the library. We have programs and classes for all ages, from newborn infants to senior citizens, all free with your library card. Learn more...

What More Could You Want?

Have you got a service in mind that you wish the library provided? Are you not sure if we can help with something specific? Just ask! You can fill out our Ask a Librarian form or give us a call. All feedback, suggestions, and questions are appreciated.

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.