Tippecanoe County Public Library has 3 locations and a mobile library. Please see the links below for more information about each location, its hours of operation and our closed dates.
If you are already a donor THANK YOU!
You can make a difference now by making your gift to the Tippecanoe County Public Library Foundation Annual Appeal by mailing in a donation form. A one-time or recurring gift can easily be made online:
Our OrganizationThe Tippecanoe County Public Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We oversee an endowment fund, mostly gifts and grants from loyal library supporters. Our library operates through public support, but we also rely upon private support and donations. Gifts to the Foundation provide the independent financial resources we need to ensure a strong, stable library system - now and for future generations. To review our annual IRS filings,click here.
Making gifts to the library system is a tangible way to show appreciation for the materials, programs and services you have enjoyed over the years - and to see that they continue. Gifts to the Foundation are tax deductible. Your attorney, tax advisor or financial planner can explain how making a gift to our endowment fund can benefit you and the library.
If you have a few moments more, we invite you to explore our webpages as you make your decisions. At this time of advancing technologies and new library challenges, you'll see the many ways we are maximizing every resource!
Any questions you have may be directed to Amy Paget, Assistant County Librarian at 429-0101
or by emailing her
Thank you for your interest in library service. If you do not find a TCPL job opportunity that currently reflects your abilities and interests, please visit these pages again. The TCPL library system includes three facilities, a mobile library and a variety of ever-changing opportunities.
The Tippecanoe County Public Library system, serves 142,817 residents in Tippecanoe County, Indiana. Join 105 staff (67 FTE, 23 librarians) providing excellent library service to county residents under an ambitious strategic plan. Our facilities include a 49,000 square foot main library, a 37,000 square foot combined public/college library with Ivy Tech Community College, a 13,500 square foot neighborhood branch, and a mobile library service visiting 40 locations biweekly. We have over 362,000 books, 48,000 videos, 24,000 audio materials, and 3000 cd-roms in our collection. Our 2011 System-wide circulation is 1,694,081 loans. Our 2012 material budget is $1,098,200.
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In addition to these pages, current job openings are posted on bulletin boards in the lobby areas of our libraries. Whether you are interested in current or future openings, you are invited to fill out an application for employment. These are available at the check-out/Circulation desks and will be kept on file for one year.
The Tippecanoe County Public Library is committed to equal opportunity employment. Applicants are sought from all qualified people, without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, disability, Veteran status, national origin, or ancestry.
All applications for current openings should be submitted to the Contact Person listed with the opening below. General applications for future openings may be sent to:
Tippecanoe County Public Library
627 South Street
Lafayette, IN 47901-1470
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, there are opportunities available. Visit any Information Desk to learn more about volunteering.
V.I.P.S., Volunteers In Public Service, are a select group of individuals who donate their time and energy to helping our staff give the best service possible. V.I.P.S. do a variety of jobs from processing books to delivering materials to homebound patrons. Potential volunteers apply for specific volunteer jobs choosing from a list of available volunteer job descriptions. If none of these jobs are right for you, keep checking back as positions change with availability.
Volunteers are asked to make a time commitment of a set number of hours per week and to adhere to a set schedule. The times and schedules are mutually agreed upon between volunteers and their supervisors.
Volunteers are expected to observe the same dress code and rules of conduct which apply to the regular library staff.
There are currently no open volunteer positions.
There are also volunteer opportunities with the Friends of the Library.
The Friends of the Tippecanoe County Public Library is a not-for-profit organization created to act as a support and advocacy system or the Tippecanoe County Public Library.
Special note for Friends of TCPL members
Please join us for the Friends of TCPL annual meeting at the downtown library on March 17, 2015 at 6:30pm. We will review 2014, award scholarships to TCPL staff, and elect our new board. Light refreshments will be served. You may also comment on our updated bylaws and articles of incorporation at this meeting.
Friends phone: 429-0170
Send us an e-mail
The library system is organized into various departments, each tasked with specific objectives to make your library experience enjoyable and educational.
The Portal is the realization of a vision to build a flexible, technology-rich center for learning, research, training, collaboration and content production. Visitors enjoy open space equipped with a combination of PCs, laptops, and tablets that greatly expand public Internet-enabled access. Conveniences include a shared printer, multiple power outlets, and casual seating with pervasive wi-fi. Knowledgeable and approachable staff members with well-developed user instruction skills assist customers.
Features of The Portal include:
Digital Arts Suite
A unique space for digital art creation, information and inspiration with options to create and edit video, audio, and photos. Customers can access professional-level editing software and preserve slides, photos and home movies by converting them to digital formats. Equipment to create, record, and edit original music and more are included.
Group conferencing technologies enable library customers to participate online in off-site educational programs and training. A large digital whiteboard aids in enhancing the learning opportunities.
Language Learning Suite
People of all ages and abilities may access this closed space, equipped with headphones and microphones for learning, listening, and practicing foreign languages, for example, French, German, and Japanese.
Family Technology Suite
Adults and youth may learn together using multiple computers with age-based software and educational games. Additional options include a variety of child-friendly technologies.
The Portal is made possible through TCPL’s Library Improvement Reserve Fund and gifts from local corporations and private donors.
Please be aware that in regards to some of the following community aid services, such as homeless shelters and food pantries, there are restrictions on who may receive benefits. The following list is meant only to get you started. If you need help and are unsure of where to find it, you may want to try the Lafayette Crisis Center's First Call/2-1-1 service which offers information and referrals to local human support services.
The Downtown Library features a technology center with a wide variety of technology resources including audio and video editing equipment.
TCPL provides a variety of computers for public use at each location. Computers are available to access the library catalog, library databases, educational games and the internet. Computers may also have programs available for creating and editing documents, spreadsheets, presentations and databases. The amount of time and functionality available may be limited due to the popularity of these services. These resources are governed by the Computer Use Policy and the Computer Use Rules.
TCPL has wireless Internet access at all library locations. To access the wireless internet patrons are required to read and agree to the Wireless Access Rules.
The downtown library offers a computer with an array of hardware and
software for people with vision and/or mobility challenges.
TCPL uses a content filter on all youth and wireless internet access. Unfiltered access is only available on the adult internet stations. Visitors under the age of 18 must have a signed parent/guardian waiver on file to access the unfiltered adult stations.
Printing and copying fees are $0.10/page B/W and $0.50/page color*. Most printers and some copiers require the purchase of a pre-paid print card for a minimum of $1. Some copiers may accept bills/coins.
The Outreach Services Department delivers library materials on a monthly basis to any nursing home or special care facility located within Tippecanoe County Public Library district. Items are delivered on the second Friday of each month. This service is free and available to any nursing home or institution that possesses a valid Tippecanoe County Public Library card.
The Library Link Program is a free library materials delivery service to customers in Tippecanoe County who due to extended or acute illness, physical disabilities or other circumstance, cannot take advantage of library services at a library facility or the Mobile Library. Library Link customers are matched with a volunteer who brings library materials on a monthly basis.
You can apply to the Library Link program at the library if you:
Applying to the Library Link Program
If we have volunteers, customers are matched up right away. Otherwise customers go on a waiting list.
You can bring the Tippecanoe County Public Library to someone's door!
The Library Link program represents a unique opportunity to serve your community and enrich your life by bringing homebound customers library materials.
Becoming a Library Link Volunteer
If there are homebound customers needing services, a match is made after all materials have been collected. Otherwise volunteer applications are retained as active for a year or until a match is made.
Visually impaired customers or those with a disability that prevents use of standard library materials may be eligible to borrow from the Indiana Talking Book and Braille Library. This service provides digital talking books and digital players. It also offers Braille and large type books and magazines. TCPL maintains a deposit collection of talking books that are for use with the state library-issued players. For more information, call (765)429-0113 or visit the Indiana Talking Book and Braille Library Web site.
Daycares/ Summer Camps:
In order for daycares and/or summer camps to be eligible for TCPL Mobile Library service they must be licensed, have at least 15 children ages 2-14 registered and meet at least one other criterion in the list below:
The Mobile Library currently visits daycares once monthly.
For more information, please call the Outreach Services office at (765) 429-0169.