Serving Westchester Township, Porter County, Indiana 

 It is the mission of the Westchester Public Library to be a dynamic library providing free and unprejudiced access to knowledge and information to improve the quality of life, learning, and the economy of the community.
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VISIT OUR VIRTUAL LIBRARY

We have eBooks for all ages, audiobooks, streaming classic and independent films, digital magazines, streaming read-a-longs, and language lessons all available for you: 

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FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOK SALES

2014 FALL SALE
Sale Sort - October 11, 2014
Friends Preview Sale - October 17, 2014
Fall Book Sale - October 18 - 19, 2014

2015 SPRING SALE
Sale Sort - April 11, 2015
Friends Preview Sale - April 17, 2015
Public Sale - April 18 & 19, 2015

2015 FALL SALE
Sale Sort - October 10, 2015
Friends Preview Sale - October 16, 2015
Fall Book Sale - October 17 - 18, 2015

If you have items to donate for our sales, please bring them to the lobby of the Thomas Library. Volunteers are needed to help sort materials the week before the sale begins

The Board of the Friends voted to ban the use of electronic scanning devices at their book sales. The devices are often used by for-profit dealers to mine our sale stock for the most valuable titles and our Friends want our sales to benefit as many of our regular library patrons as possible.

Book sale proceeds are used for programming expenses, refreshments, and for staff and volunteer recognition events.

A Friends Membership Application is here.


PATRON SURVEY

The Library is conducting a Patron Survey to help us create a plan for the future. Please help us by visiting the following link and telling us what you think are the library's current strengths and weaknesses, and the opportunities and threats we face in the time to come:

LIBRARY SWOT QUESTIONNAIRE


GET YOUR LIBRARY PHOTO TAKEN

We are now taking patron photos to be stored in their library record. Why you may ask? We explain the reasons here.


COMMUNITY RECORDS

The Westchester Public Library is building a database of various civic, social, educational, and governmental clubs and agencies in our community that we hope will help our patrons readily locate and find contact information about your organization.

The database will be part of the Library’s online catalog and once it is built users will be able to access it by clicking on a “Community” tab at the top of our catalog search page. Searches will be able to be made by keyword or by browsing the entries alphabetically.

Please consider helping us build this database for your organization by completing the Community Record Form.

Once the data is entered we plan to contact you once a year to check for updates. You may also contact us by calling the library’s Reference Department if any information changes.   


MOBILEPAC IS HERE

Point your smartphone at our catalog at http://catalog.wpl.lib.in.us/mobile and you can access our full catalog through a simplified version of our new MobilePAC. The application allows you to access your personal library account and even place holds on items you might want to borrow.


E-READERS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR BORROWING

Explore the latest in new technology. The library has just acquired a small collection of e-readers (Nooks) preloaded with collections of e-books that are available for borrowing. The readers have different genre collections such as best sellers, mysteries, romances, westerns, and horror and the fantasy. The readers circulate to adults for a loan period of 2 weeks and new titles are going to be added to the readers each month. Inquire at the circulation desk at the Thomas Library for more details.


COMPUTER CLASSES AND CLINICS

We offer a variety of new basic computer classes. Visit our Bits and Bytes site for our course descriptions, course schedule, and resources such as course slide shows. You can use this site to register for a course at least 14 days before a course is offered.

We also have a "drop in" Tech Help Desk with our experts standing by to field your computer and technology questions. Please view the Library Calendar for dates and times. 


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The Facebook page for our branch, the Hageman public library is here

The Facebook page for our Westchester Township History Museum is here

The Facebook page for our Children's Services is here



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Special Places to Visit:

imageKids' Place
Learn about our programs and services for children.

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Westchester Township History Museum
Local history is our specialty. Learn about the programs, displays, and archives we have in a historic home.


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A Day in the Life of Westchester Township
On June 15, 2007 we sent teams into our community to visually document a day in the life. View the slideshow here.

imageAnother Day in the Life of Westchester Township
On October 9, 2010 we sent out teams again to document our community. The photo galleries can be viewed here.

Porter County Public Library Catalog 

Porter County Public Library Catalog
All of the residents of Porter County can use any county library through a reciprocal borrowing agreement. Use this link to search the county system for the titles you want.

Homework Help
Ask Rose
Homework Help and tutoring from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Inspire Databases

Inspire is a collection of premium resources provided to the citizens of Indiana by the Indiana State Library. The site contains full text journal articles, encyclopedias, and even a Testing and Education Reference Center where you can study and take practice tests for many fields of study. Explore Inspire today.