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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Automation Services


The library operates with an integrated computer system which controls a variety of library functions. The system handles patron registration, material circulation, overdue calculation, reserve control, material acquisition, and cataloging. The system is called Polaris.

The library OPAC (online patron access catalog) has replaced the traditional card catalog in most libraries. There are OPAC terminals in almost every library department. Patrons can perform searches by author, title, subject, and keyword for library items. The OPAC will also report an item's location and availability.

Patrons can also use the catalog to view and manage their accounts, place reserves on items, and even link to a web site offering the item for sale.  

The OPAC is also accessible to home computers through the Internet. Search the Library Catalog.


The library provides public access terminals for browsing the Internet in the Serials Department on the second floor of the Thomas Library and on the floor of the Hageman Library.

Patrons who want to access the Internet must be registered with the library and have a library card in good standing.

Wireless access for personal laptops is also available at both the Thomas and the Hageman Library.

The library's network is filtered to protect against access to visual depictions that are I. Obscene, II. Child Pornography or III. Harmful to Minors. In accordance with the Children's Internet Protection Act U.S.C. Title XVII Sec. 1701 et. seq., Library patrons 18 years of age or older may request to have access for bonafide research or other lawful purpose to an Internet terminal having the filtering software disabled. Please read the library's Internet Safety Policy.

Users are not provided with e-mail service by the library. Patrons may not run other software on the Internet workstations. The library's Internet Computer Stations Use Policy governs the use of the terminals.


Patrons using the library's computing resources must read and abide by the Library's Computer Use Policy. Patrons who violate the library's policies may lose their privileges and/or be liable for damages.


The library has a number of terminals configured especially for use by children in an area separated from the adult terminals. The library highly recommends parents supervise their children's Internet use and read Keeping Kids Safer on the Internet.


The use of computing resources by the library staff is governed by the Guidelines for Staff.




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