WHAT ARE SERIALS?
Generally speaking, librarians refer to newspapers and magazines as serials
because they are published in a series. Although both the Thomas Library and the Hageman Library subscribe to
many newspapers and magazines, the serials at Thomas have their own department on the second floor of the
The Serials Department in the Thomas Library is also the
location for our many public access Internet computers. Please see our Automation page for more information.
The reading room is a quiet and comfortable place for browsing the most recent
newspapers and magazines. Feel free to drink the coffee we provide, but please don't cut out any coupons or
articles from our resources.
Once the current issue of a magazine is received, the back issue may be borrowed
from the library. We have thousands of issues on our shelves.
Tribune is available on microfilm in the
department. A partial card index to the Chesterton
Tribune is also available.
TAX FORM DISTRIBUTION
The library assists the IRS and the Indiana Department of Revenue in their
tax form distribution program. Many forms are available during the tax preparation season. The
library also provides access to download and print many tax forms from the Internet we may not have on hand.
Normal printing fees apply. Please remember that library employees are not tax experts and should not be relied
upon for tax advice.
The library does however, cooperate with a seasonal tax
assistance program provided by AARP. Volunteer tax helpers may be available to help you complete and file the
most common tax returns. Reservations are required.
The library provides a typewriter for public use. The library's public access
computers also have with word processing software and printers for document creation.
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