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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2014 BOOK SALES

SPRING SALE
Sale Sort - April 19, 2014
Friends Preview Sale - April 25, 2014

Fall Book Sale - April 26 - 27, 2014

FALL SALE
Sale Sort - October 11, 2014
Friends Preview Sale - October 17, 2014
Fall Book Sale - October 18 - 19, 2014

If you have items to donate for our sales, please bring them to the lobby of the Thomas Library. Volunteers are needed to help sort materials the week before the sale begins

The Board of the Friends voted to ban the use of electronic scanning devices at their book sales. The devices are often used by for-profit dealers to mine our sale stock for the most valuable titles and our Friends want our sales to benefit as many of our regular library patrons as possible.

Book sale proceeds are used for programming expenses, refreshments, and for staff and volunteer recognition events.

A Friends Membership Application is here.


DATABASE CHANGES

The library monitors the use of the databases we provide to our patrons and makes changes periodically based upon the cost of the services and our patron response. We have found that the use of both the Chilton database and the Freegal Music service is simply not enough to justify continuing our subscriptions.


COMMUNITY RECORDS

The Westchester Public Library is building a database of various civic, social, educational, and governmental clubs and agencies in our community that we hope will help our patrons readily locate and find contact information about your organization.

The database will be part of the Library’s online catalog and once it is built users will be able to access it by clicking on a “Community” tab at the top of our catalog search page. Searches will be able to be made by keyword or by browsing the entries alphabetically.

Please consider helping us build this database for your organization by completing the Community Record Form.

Once the data is entered we plan to contact you once a year to check for updates. You may also contact us by calling the library’s Reference Department if any information changes.   


 DOWNLOAD AUDIO BOOKS AND EBOOKS FOR ADULTS

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Overdrive

The library subscribes to a downloadable audiobook and eBook service for our resident patrons. Sorry, if you aren't a resident taxpayer of our library district, or if your library account is not in good standing you are not eligible to receive the service. For more information please read the letter posted here.

You use your library card number to log into the site. You can check out books for a week or two and download them to your home computer for listening or reading. Audiobooks and eBooks might also be able to be transferred to portable devices such as a Kindle®, iPod®, iPhone®, iPad®, Sony® Reader, NOOK™, Android™, BlackBerry® or Windows® Phone.

Look here for a list of compatible devices. You don't return the items, the book files become unplayable after the loan period expires and the files can then be deleted.

If the book you want is being used by another patron, you can log in and place a hold and be notified when it's your turn to borrow the book.

For more information visit our Downloadable Audiobooks and eBooks Page.

(A library card not in good standing might be caused by excessive fines. an expired card, an overdue address check, or some of of older cards have short bar code numbers - 12 digits - and must be replaced. Please contact the library if you have difficulty.)


THE ZINIO MAGAZINE SERVICE
IS NOW AVAILABLE

Zinio

Zinio provides full digital copies of 150 of your favorite magazines, viewable on your home computer or mobile device. Create a collection of magazines to be delivered to your account every month.

New users - Go to the login page and click the "Create Account" button. You will be prompted to enter your library bar code number and register. A confirmation email will be sent to your email account.

Existing user's - Go directly to the login page and login or go to you Zinio Reader.

Here's a step-by-step User's Guide to Zinio including instructions for downloading the basic Zinio Reader.

If you want to download magazines for reading later offline, you need to install Zinio Reader 4. Instructions to install Zinio Reader 4 are here.


ROCKET LANGUAGES ARE HERE

Rocket

Login to Rocket Languages with your resident library card for online language instruction. Learn to speak, read and write French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, and even American Sign Language among others.


MOBILEPAC IS HERE

Point your smartphone at our catalog at http://catalog.wpl.lib.in.us/mobile and you can access our full catalog through a simplified version of our new MobilePAC. The application allows you to access your personal library account and even place holds on items you might want to borrow.


E-READERS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR BORROWING

Explore the latest in new technology. The library has just acquired a small collection of e-readers (Nooks) preloaded with collections of e-books that are available for borrowing. The readers have different genre collections such as best sellers, mysteries, romances, westerns, and horror and the fantasy. The readers circulate to adults for a loan period of 2 weeks and new titles are going to be added to the readers each month. Inquire at the circulation desk at the Thomas Library for more details.


COMPUTER CLASSES AND CLINICS

We offer a variety of new basic computer classes. Visit our Bits and Bytes site for our course descriptions, course schedule, and resources such as course slide shows. You can use this site to register for a course at least 14 days before a course is offered.

We also have a "drop in" Tech Help Desk with our experts standing by to field your computer and technology questions. Please view the Library Calendar for dates and times. 


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The Facebook page for our branch, the Hageman public library is here

The Facebook page for our Westchester Township History Museum is here

The Facebook page for our Children's Services is here

Downloadable Collections for Children and Adults are here:

Overdrive

Overdrive is a collection of audiobooks and eBooks you can download to your computer or portable device such as a smart phone, tablet or audioplayer.

Zinio

Once you open an account using your library bar code number, Zinio provides full digital copies of 150 of your favorite magazines, viewable on your computer or mobile device.

  TumbleBooks

TumbleBook Library is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach the joys of reading to young children up to grade 2.

 Talking TumbleBooks

TumbleBookCloud Junior is an online collection of read-along titles for grades 3-8. It contains early reader chapter books, children's classics, graphic novels, children's audio books and National Geographic videos.

TumbleReadables

TumbleBookCloud is an online collection of over 600 titles for middle school and high school readers. It contains a vast array of YA/Teen novels, classics, poetry, short stories, YA/Teen audiobooks, graphic novels, and world class videos from National Geographic.

Audiobookcloud

AudioBookCloud is an audio collection of over 1,000 titles you stream to your computer and listen to online.

Rocket

Login to Rocket Languages with your resident library card for online language instruction. Learn to speak read, and write French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, and even American Sign Language among others.

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»  Indiana Tax Forms
»  Federal Tax Forms
»  Unemployment Login
»  Federal Student Aid
»  Help for Tough Times
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Special Places to Visit:

imageKids' Place
Learn about our programs and services for children.

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Westchester Township History Museum
Local history is our specialty. Learn about the programs, displays, and archives we have in a historic home.


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A Day in the Life of Westchester Township
On June 15, 2007 we sent teams into our community to visually document a day in the life. View the slideshow here.

imageAnother Day in the Life of Westchester Township
On October 9, 2010 we sent out teams again to document our community. The photo galleries can be viewed here.

Porter County Public Library Catalog 

Porter County Public Library Catalog
All of the residents of Porter County can use any county library through a reciprocal borrowing agreement. Use this link to search the county system for the titles you want.

Homework Help
Ask Rose
Homework Help and tutoring from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Inspire Databases

Inspire is a collection of premium resources provided to the citizens of Indiana by the Indiana State Library. The site contains full text journal articles, encyclopedias, and even a Testing and Education Reference Center where you can study and take practice tests for many fields of study. Explore Inspire today.