If you need assistance searching the on-line
catalog, the reference staff is trained to help you find what you need. Just stop in or call the reference desk
if you need to find a title, author, subject, or the location of any item in our collection.
The reference staff is also trained to help
find information in person, on-line or over the phone. Some information searches will require more time,
so you may need to leave your name and phone number with the reference desk and we will call you back with our
If you have a WPL password in your account,
you may also use our on-line reference service. Log on to our homepage, click on Search the Library
Catalog, and click on the “Ask Us” prompt. Simply enter your
barcode and password, and e-mail us your request.
Patrons may ask that a reserve or hold be
placed on many items in our collection. Items may be checked out by other patrons and a reserve will hold an
item for a patron when the item has been returned by the previous borrower. Reserves can be placed by visiting
the reference desk or by calling on the telephone.
Placing a book on reserve is simple and easy
with your library bar code number and your user password at any of our in-house catalog terminals or from your
home on a computer with Internet access. Visit our homepage to Search the Library
Catalog, click on “patron account”, enter barcode and WPL password to
reserve your items from home. Up to 5 titles may be reserved at one time. Patrons will be
notified by phone when a title becomes available. Please note that there may be multiple reserves on popular
books. Due to the extreme popularity of video materials in our Audio Visual department may not be
If WPL does not own the materials you need,
the reference desk may be able to obtain them from another library system through the state interlibrary loan
service. Patrons must have a valid WPL card and be in good standing with the library for requests to
be placed. There is a base charge of $2 for each request for non-resident cardholders; this fee must
be paid before a search is made and is not refundable even if no results are available. There is no base
charge for resident patrons borrowing materials from within Indiana. There may be a charge assessed by
lending libraries outside of the state. If a lending library does charge fees, the out-of-state fees must be
paid by the requesting patron. Interlibrary loan requests may take 2-3 weeks. Patrons will be notified by
phone when the requests are filled. Overdue interlibrary loan fees are $1 per day.
WPL subscriptions to Chilton (car
maintenance). All resident patrons may gain access to this resource from home with a WPL card and
password. INSPIRE (available to all Indiana residents) may also be accessed from home. Please stop by the
reference desk to ask how to use the electronic databases, and to see what is offered through
REQUESTS FOR PURCHASE
Reference staff members spend a great deal of
time selecting materials for the collection that all patrons will enjoy. We would appreciate your
suggestions for purchase. We take each recommendation into consideration, and may purchase materials which meet
the collection needs.
The Westchester Township History Museum, an
educational service of Westchester Public Library, is the primary location for the library’s local history
reference services and archival collections. The Thomas Library maintains a small collection of Chesterton High
School yearbooks, recent local city directories, and a few basic local history resources. The museum is open
for tours and research in the Brown Mansion, 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton, IN, Wednesday - Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.
or by appointment, (219) 983-9715, www.wpl.lib.in.us/museum.