Welcome to the East Chicago Public Library

In recognition of Library Card Sign-up Month, from September 15 to 29, East Chicago Public Library patrons who have lost their library cards can replace it FREE of charge. Normally, replacement cards cost $5 for adults and $1 for children.  In order to receive a free replacement library card, you must bring in proof of East Chicago residency or your East Chicago school identification.  In addition, your record must be fine free with no overdue materials.

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The Library's Mission


The East Chicago Public Library System is committed to meeting the diverse needs of its patrons and all of East Chicago's citizens through the exemplary provision of a full range of high quality informational, educational and recreational materials, services, and resources.
Great Reads

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New Hours, New Services and New Fees
Effective Monday, August 4, 2014, the East Chicago Room will only be open Tuesday – Thursday from 12:30 to 4:30 PM

Effective Monday, August 4, 2014, scanning services will be available ONLY at the Main Library, 2401 E. Columbus Drive. The service will be available Monday – Friday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM . The cost for scanning is $0.45 per page.
The administrative offices where the scanner is located closes at 4:00 PM.

Effective October 2014, the fee for the use of the meeting rooms at the Main Library, 2401 E. Columbus Drive and the Pastrick Branch, 1008 W. Chicago Avenue will be $15.00.
Book Discussion - Bound in Blood
The East Chicago Public Library Youth Services Department will host a book discussion of the novel “Bound in Blood” by local author Marcus Gales on Thursday, September 25 at 5 p.m. at the Main Library, 2401 E. Columbus Drive. Read More...

Calling all Preschoolers – Story Time
The East Chicago Public Library offers many programs to assist children in learning. Youngsters can get a head start by taking part in Story Time programs, which are offered weekly at the Main Library. Read More...
Ready to Read Workshop
The East Chicago Public Library, Youth Services Department in collaboration with East Chicago Moms Taking Charge Program, will be hosting an Every Child Ready to Read Second Edition Workshop for parents. Read More....

Banned Books Week Display
Come celebrate Banned Book Week by checking out our display of Banned Books with explanations about why they were banned. Read More...

Hispanic Heritage Month Events
The East Chicago Public Library has joined in the national celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which is held from September 15 to October 15. Check out the events planned for this month. Read More...

Hispanic Heritage Month Gallery

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Free Internet Access

Bring In Your WiFi Laptop or Wireless Device Today to the library and Enjoy FREE High-Speed Internet Access. Both Locations.

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MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
WELCOME TO THE EAST CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY- YOUR SOURCE OF KNOWLEDGE


Knowledge is Power!
(Francis Bacon)

The only wealth that no one can take away from you is your knowledge!

The library provides free access to information, opportunities for lifelong learning and accumulation of knowledge which lead to improved quality of life. The library protects your right to read and right to know, it is a community commons for discourse and exchange of ideas. It passes the torch of civilization from one generation to the next and enriches the lives of those who come in contact with it.

Ophelia Georgiev Roop


The Library's Mission

The East Chicago Public Library System is committed to meeting the diverse needs of its patrons and all of East Chicago's citizens through the exemplary provision of a full range of high quality informational, educational and recreational materials, services, and resources.

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