The East Chicago Public Library is a tax-supported institution established, maintained, and developed in accord with Indiana law as part of the State’s provision for public education. The purpose of the public library, as an educational institution, is to provide materials both to support school curricula and facilitate the pursuit of lifelong learning. In order to accomplish these ends, library staff members select, order, and organize, materials of educational value, including books, magazines, audio and video tapes, compact discs, and art prints. Additionally, programs and instructional classes are presented to encourage reading and explain methods for using library systems to research and access materials.
Indiana law also requires that public libraries provide recreational and informational materials for patron use. The East Chicago Public Library has a large selection of materials (books, magazines, audio and videotapes, etc.) that are primarily recreational in nature. Also, the library employs librarians to assist patrons in choosing recreational materials. Further, the library sponsors programs and exhibits that offer entertainment and cultural enrichment. Informational materials and services are provided largely throughout the library’s Reference Department. Professionally trained reference librarians answer questions and assist patrons seeking information in books, magazines, and computer data bases