Public Libraries; Curbside, Virtual or Curbside – Lake County Public Library curbside pickup now available

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News

Published on May 31, 2020 with No Comments

The Lake County Public Library system has announced that curbside pickup is now available at its branches, including Hobart and Lake Station-New Chicago.

Here are guidelines regarding curbside pickup:

  • Patrons will receive notification that their item is ready.
  • Go to the library during curbside hours and park in a curbside pickup spot.
  • Call the number on the sign; have their library card number ready.
  • Staff will hang items on a hook outside the car. Patrons should stay in their vehicle with the windows rolled up until staff return inside.
  • Patrons can then take their items and head home to enjoy.
  To put safety first, here are a few things to keep in mind when picking up items:

  • Stay in your vehicle with the windows rolled up until staff have returned to the building.
  • Don’t attempt to return items to staff members during a pickup; instead put them in the book drops provided.

Curbside hours at the Hobart Branch are Mondays through Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to noon; Fridays and Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to noon and 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The phone number is 219-942-2243.

Curbside hours at the Lake Station-New Chicago Branch are Mondays through Thursdays, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to noon and 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The phone number 219-962-2409.

The library cannot accept new holds or requests during a curbside pickup. Patrons can place their holds through the catalog or by dialing (219) 769-3541 and pressing 4.

Library patrons may visit for more details.



Porter library system offers limited reopening


Porter County Public Library System began welcoming patrons back into all five branches, at limited capacity, as of May 26. Hours will be 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. weekdays, and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Saturdays, at all branches.

Those branches include Valparaiso, Portage, South Haven, Hebron, and Kouts.

In compliance with COVID-19 regulations and best practices, each branch will allow a limited number of patrons into the building at a time to browse, checkout, and use regular library services, such as faxing, notary, and print pickup. Public computers will be available by appointment.

Library staff will wear masks, continue to quarantine items, and follow social distancing guidelines. Additional precautions, such as sneezeguards, have been installed at all branches. The limited library open hours will allow staff adequate time to sanitize the facilities between openings.

“While we are eager to get our community back into their library, our primary concern is for the health and safety of our staff and patrons,” said Director Jesse Butz.  “Our Library may look and feel a little different with our safety precautions, but we are committed to providing our community access to the wealth of resources and materials they love.”


Westchester providing virtual services online


As noted in its May newsletter, the Westchester Public Library crew is creating and recording virtual content to bring the Chesterton and Porter are entertainment, education, and information.

The public is encouraged to check out WPL’s YouTube channel and find a growing collection of videos, featuring storytimes, songs, STEAM activities, crafts and DIYs, and book reviews.

Storytime families will see familiar faces performing songs, rhymes, and reading stories. It’s storytime right at home.

“I am proud of staff as they navigate this unusual and challenging time with gusto and great attitudes. Their creativity and dedication are going strong, and we’re glad to be there for patrons as we get through this together,” said WPL Director Lisa Stamm.

The public should be checking the library’s YouTube channel as it evolves. Also, the WPL website offers virtual resources 24/7, providing access to ebooks, emagazines, emovies, ecomics, and learning and educational databases.

In addition, WPL librarians are available to help with questions and research needs through the “Ask A Librarian” form.

The library system’s website is

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