The La Porte County Public Library will remain closed through Monday, April 6th

Here at LPCPL, we believe that libraries are centers of community life with a focus on reading, lifelong learning, and public involvement. We welcome and invite all into the library. Not being able to have you here right now doesn’t feel good, but we know it’s the right thing to do. By closing our facilities, we are doing our part to stop the spread of this fast-moving virus in our community.

We are doing everything we can to continue to be of service during this time.

The Library’s online library is open 24/7. LPCPL’s library online provides access to materials you can enjoy, from e-books, digital magazines, downloadable audiobooks and streaming movies, music, and television shows to online research and learning tools. If you don’t have a Library card you can get immediate access by signing up for an Online Borrowing Card (OBR)

Below are some of the answers to questions that many of you have had about the closed time.

When will the library be open again?

We are hoping to reopen on Tuesday, April 7th. However, the decision to reopen will be guided by the recommendation of public health officials and other government officials. Please check the library’s site and/or follow the Library on social media for updates.

Should I return my library materials?

No. Please do not return your library materials while we are closed. Don’t worry, you can bring everything back when we reopen. You also don’t need to renew items online. The due date for all checked out materials has been extended to April 10th. If the library does not reopen as currently planned we will let you know and we will extend the due dates again.

Will there be charges for late materials?

No! We will be forgiving all charges accrued while we are closed. Don’t worry about the materials that you have checked out. Charges and fees will be forgiven for 2 weeks after we reopen.

Can I pick up my holds or continue to place holds?

While the library is closed, holds cannot be picked up. They will be there waiting for you when we reopen. You can continue to place holds online, or by chat, e-mail, or phone. Your holds will be filled once we reopen.

I can’t remember my library account information. Help!

We are here to help. You can call the library at 219-362-6156 to speak to a staff member. If your call is not answered, please leave a message and someone will return your call.

Where are library staff working?

Most staff are working remotely while the Library is closed. They are busy ordering more eMaterials, answering your questions, and creating online storytimes, book clubs, classes, and other events for the coming days. Check LPCPL’s website for information on how to participate.

What library resources are available while the library is closed?

LPCPL has extensive digital resources in our online library for you to access and enjoy, from e-books, digital magazines, downloadable audiobooks and streaming movies, music, and television shows to online research and learning tools.

What if I don’t have a library card?

If you don’t have a library card can get immediate access by signing up for Online Borrowing Card (OBR).  

How can I get updates about what is happening at the library?

Our website and social media—Twitter, Instagram or Facebook—will remain active with updates, information, and resources

I have a question about my account?

Library staff is working remotely to answer your questions. Reach out to a library staff member by calling 219-362-6156 or email help@laportelibrary.org

I know someone who does not have a library card, is there a way for them to get access to library materials?

No library card? No problem. Sign up for an LPCPL Online Borrowing Card (OBR) You will have access to LPCPL digital collection (so many eBooks, audiobooks, eMagazines, courses, and databases!).

My student is having trouble accessing library resources with their Libraries360 card. What do we do?

Library staff are working remotely to answer your questions. Reach out to a library staff member by calling 219-362-6156 and choose option 2.

 

Posted on March 26, 2020

by Fonda Owens

Category: Uncategorized

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