Porter County Public Library System Announces Limited Reopen Tuesday, May 26
PCPLS welcomes patrons back into all five branches, at limited capacity, beginning 10:00 AM, Tuesday, May 26. Hours will be 10 AM – 6 PM Monday through Friday, and 1-5 PM Saturday, at all branches.
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!”
Patrons can check out a wide variety of materials with their library cards, not just books! Patrons also have access to resources like:
Please see the Welcome Brochure to find out more about our services.
Anyone who lives in our library district can get a free library card. Our library district includes all townships in Porter County except for Westchester Township.
If you don’t live in our district, you may still be able to get a free library card:
If you can’t get a free library card, you might be able to get a different kind of library card:
To get a library card, bring a valid photo ID to the library.
You can use your card right away to check out up to three items, use the computers, and check out ebooks.
Parents, if you are registering your child, you may provide your own ID. We will also ask you to pay any outstanding fees on your own card before you register your child.
You can choose any of our branch locations to pick up, check out, or return materials. When requesting materials through our catalog, please be sure you indicate at which branch you would like to pick them up at the time you place the hold. You may find the locations and hours of our branches at the bottom of our website.
Your PIN is the last 4 digits of the phone number you registered with us.
Becoming a patron at any of the PCPLS branches is incredibly easy! Simply visit your local branch and ask to become a card member. You can learn more about getting your card by visiting our Get A Card page!
The following carriers are supported:
If you do not use one of these carriers, you can still receive library notices by email or phone. You can edit your email and phone number and choose which type you prefer after clicking the Edit Account button.
The library thrives only because of the dedicated support of our community. If you want to learn more about supporting PCPLS, we invite you to explore the different opportunities available to support PCPLS.
The PCPLS mobile app lets you take the library with you no matter where you are. Through the app, you can access our catalog to search for your favorite books, movies, and other materials. Plus, you can use the mobile app to access our ebooks, emagazines, and other digital content.
The PCPLS app can be used with multiple devices. Currently, it is compatible with Apple iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Amazon Kindle devices. To get the app, visit the app store you use, search for PCPLS, and follow the download instructions.
PCPLS is proud to offer several online sources for great ebooks, emagazines, audiobooks, and other great content. You can learn more about these services and features by visiting our Digital Branch.
PCPLS connects you to online databases for discovering new things, finding information, searching for jobs, and so much more. Our online resources and databases are full of great information and knowledge. Discover more by visiting our Databases page.