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    • Foundation
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      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:

      Donate Now

      This year's annual appeal focuses on the future development of the TCPL technology commons. For further information, please see the Foundation's News page.

      Our Organization

      The 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.

      Your Gifts

      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 Email

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    • Employment

      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 140,000 residents in Tippecanoe County, Indiana. Join around 100 staff including 18 MLS librarians providing excellent library service to county residents under an ambitious strategic plan. Our facilities include a 49,000 square foot main library, two 14,000 square foot neighborhood branches, and a mobile library service visiting 40 locations biweekly. We have over 300,000 books, videos, and downloadable materials. Our system-wide circulation is $1.3 million and our materials budget is $1 million.

      Located in a university community in west-central Indiana, Lafayette offers many cultural, educational, and entertainment opportunities. Lafayette is located an hour's drive from Indianapolis and 2.5 hours away from Chicago http://www.homeofpurdue.com/.

      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.

      Click here to complete an application on-line or to print out the application form.

      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:

      Job Applications
      Administration Office
      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.

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    • Volunteer

      Volunteer Opportunities

      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.

      Open Positions:

      There are currently no open positions.

       There are also volunteer opportunities with the Friends of the Library.

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    • Departments

      The library system is organized into various departments, each tasked with specific objectives to make your library experience enjoyable and educational.

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    • The Portal

      Make a Reservation

      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 Suiteguitar
      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.

      conferenceAudio/Video-Conference Suite
      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 Suiteheadset
      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 Suitechild computer
      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.

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       Indiana History

      • Indiana Historical Society - Find press releases, order IHS publications or just browse through the current edition of Traces magazine.  Also gives the answer to the often asked question:  What is a Hoosier ?
      • Indiana Memory - Access to primary sources about Indiana's history and people that are found in digitized books, manuscripts, photographs, newspapers, maps, audio, video, and other resources.
      • Indiana State Library - Access the Inspire database, discover the newspaper holdings by county, or try the cemetery index.
      • VINE (Vital Information Exchange) - Indiana-related local history and vital records from Indiana's public libraries, historical societies, genealogy societies, and related agencies.


      Local News and Arts

      Statewide News


      Local Attractions

      • Imagination Station
      • Wolf Park - Located in nearby Battleground, Wolf Park is home to several packs of gray wolves, foxes, bison and a coyote. The park is dedicated to education, research, and conservation. Check out the Wolf Howl night!

      State Attractions


       Local Sports and Recreation




       Community Outreach 

      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.



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    • Kids




      Welcome to the Tippecanoe County Public Library's Youth Department. 
      We provide services, collections, and programs and events for children, teens, and the adults who work with them.
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    • Technology


      The Portal

      The Downtown Library features a technology center with a wide variety of technology resources including audio and video editing equipment. 

      The Family Memory Center

      The Family Memory Center at the Downtown Library features local newspaper and census microfilm and geneaology resources. It also has equipment for scanning and digitizing a wide variety of materials from VHS tapes to slides. Once you are finished with your project you can print it out on archival or photographic paper.

      Digital Arts at the Branches

      The Klondike and Wyandotte Branches also have digital arts technology that duplicates some of the resources found in the Portal and the Family Memory Center. Please call to check what specific resources are available at each location.


      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.

      Assistive Equipment

      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 & Copying

      Printing and copying fees are $0.10/page for black & white and $0.50/page color.  In the Family Memory Center, the archival-quality printer charges $1.00 per page. Payment is done using your library account. You can add money to your account at the print station in the Portal, or at the information desk at the Wyandotte and Klondike branches. Some copiers at the Downtown branch will also accept change.

      Scanning is available for free at all branches. The multi-function copier near the computer area is able to save scans to a USB drive or to email them. TCPL does not have a public fax machine, but you may scan a document and send it via fax from our PCs utilizing one of a number of online fax services.

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    • Genealogy and Local History

      Genealogy and Local History

      Tippecanoe County Public Library has several resources available for individuals wanting to research their family or local history. Most of these are located at the Downtown Library in the Family Memory Center and the Sweezy Room of Indiana History. 

      TCPL subscribes to two genealogy databases, Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest. These databases provide access to a wide range of genealogy resources, including the US census in a searchable form. HeritageQuest is available from home; Ancestry is only available inside the library. There are also sevearl databases for newspapers. Please see the Databases page for more detail.

      Family Memory Center

      The Family Memory Center is home to technology that can help you research local and family history. It was made possible by a generous donation from the Friends of the Library as part of their 50th anniversary. The former computer lab was renovated and new equipment purchased with their gift.


      The Family Memory Center contains TCPL's microfilm collection. This includes the local newspapers back to the 1850s. We also have the Indiana Census. You can also bring in microfilm or microfiche of your own to use. There are three microfilm machines with attached printers, plus a ScanPro digital scanner which save files to a flash drive or send them by email.

      Unfortunately the microfilm is not searchable. However, we do have several indexes available to help you find what you're looking for. TCPL also has a searchable database for the Journal & Courier back to 1999.

      Archival-Quality Scanner

      The Family Memory Center has a scanning station with a large flat-bed scanner.  It has a 11.8 x 17" scanning bed, making it perfect for large documents, and has a 600 dpi resolution. The scanning surface also goes right up to the front edge, which is angled. This allows books to be set with the inner spine on the edge, so that an entire page can be scanned without pressing the book flat and potentially damaging it.

      Attached to the scanner station is an archival printer. It prints with photo-quality resolution. It also has special archival paper that is designed to last decades without any deterioration, unlike normal paper which tends to yellow and fade. Because of the paper and ink quality, archival printouts cost $1.00. Please ask for assistance if you have any questions.

      Film to Digital Converter

      If you have old slides or film, there is a "F2D Mighty" converter. This device can take 35mm, 127 (1.5x1.5"), 126KPK, and 110 slides or negatives and convert them to digital format. It will save the files directly to an SD card. It can also take Super 8 film, and once an entire film strip has been scanned it can be turned into a silent video. If you would like to use the F2D converter, please ask in the Portal and staff will help set it up.

      VHS to DVD Copying

      If you have old VHS tapes sitting around, you can convert them to DVD or digital files for free. The VHS machine can either transfer the video directly to a blank DVD, or it can save the video to the computer for later editing or upload. DVDs can also be duplicated once you have made them. You will need to bring a blank DVD-R with you, or for files a USB drive. Sign up to use the machine at the reference desk. Please note that the conversion process will take the entire length of the tape. For example, if a home movie is an hour long, it will take an hour to convert. You may want to borrow a book or magazine, or bring other genealogy tasks to work on. It is possible to convert just part of a tape.

      Genealogy Resources

      In addition to the databases and microfilm, there are additional print resources located in the Sweezey Room of Indiana History. These inlcude:

      • Lafayette / West Lafayette City Directories and Phone Books from 1858 - Present
      • Birth, Death, and Marriage Indexes for Tippecanoe County
      • Cemetery Indexes
      • High School Yearbooks
      • Civil War Muster Rolls

      In addition, there are a number of books on local history, including biographies of famous individuals from Tippecanoe County. For a more in-depth listing, please click here.

      Genealogy Lookup

      TCPL's Reference Department is able to do lookups for obituaries, newspaper articles, and other resources on a limited basis for individuals outside the local area. Residents of Tippecanoe County must come to the library in person for assistance. There is a $10 lookup fee per name or article.

      Information that you need to include with your request:

      • Full name of the person or persons you are looking for.
      • Date of event. Please be as exact as possible. We can only search over a span of a few days.
      • Publication, if known. Most local announcements are in the Journal & Courier.

      If you do not know some of this information, please consider checking our online indexes or databases. Unfortunately we are not able to do general lookups without a name and timeframe. To request a lookup, you must send a written letter, self-addressed return envelope, and payment to the following address:

      Reference Department
      Tippecanoe County Public Library
      627 South Street
      Lafayette, IN 47901

      Include your name and contact information as well in case there are questions. If you would like a scan, please indicate this and include a valid email address. Checks should be made out to the Tippecanoe County Public Library.

      If you have questions about lookup procedures, please call 765-429-0113, or submit an email via the Ask a Librarian page.

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    • Newsletter
      pocket edition

      The Pocket Edition is a free newsletter published approximately five times a year by the Tippecanoe County Public Library. Each issue usually covers two months' worth of upcoming programs, events, booklists, and staff news for the Downtown, Klondike, Wyandotte, and Outreach Libraries. Production of the Pocket Edition newsletter is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. If you would like to receive the Pocket Edition in the mail, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 429-0101.

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    • Outreach Services

      Nursing Home & Special Facility Services 

      Nursing Home Deposit Collections

      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.

      Interested in Services?

      If you know of someone living in a nursing home who might enjoy this service, or for more information about receiving this service, call the Outreach Services office at (765) 429-0169, or email the Outreach Department This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .


      Homebound Services (Library Link)

      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.

       Homebound Customers

      You can apply to the Library Link program at the library if you:

      • Anticipate being homebound for 2 months or longer
      • Need services in order to have access to library materials

      Applying to the Library Link Program

      • Contact Library and set up time for home visit. Call 429-0193 or email us at LIBRARY LINK This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .
      • Fill out application for program
      • Fill out borrower's card application if needed
      • Complete Customer preference profile
      • Read and sign rules governing acceptable homebound environment

      If we have volunteers, customers are matched up right away. Otherwise customers go on a waiting list.

      Library Link Volunteers

      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

      • Contact Library and arrange for an interview. Call 429-0193 or email us at LIBRARY LINK This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .
      • Complete application
      • Background check
        (done by library)
      • Fill out volunteer preference profile
      • Pass the interview

      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.

       Indiana Talking Book and Braille Library

      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

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      TCPL Mobile Library


      Mobile Library Statement of Purpose 

      It is the role of the Tippecanoe County Public Library Outreach Services Department to deliver library services and resources to persons outside the library with emphasis on those who are un-served or underserved due to physical, economic, social, geographic, or other barriers.

      Definition of Underserved Populations for Mobile Library Service priorities:


      • Communities of persons residing three or more miles from a public library facility


      • Communities/neighborhoods/educational institutions in which fees or rent are determined on a sliding scale or are government subsidized
      • Nursing Homes, Senior Housing, and Assisted Living facilities residents
      • Facilities that house and/or educate physically and mentally disabled persons
      • Persons who are incarcerated

      In addition to providing service to the above-defined populations, the TCPL Mobile Library may also reach underserved populations by expanding service to:

      Convenience Clusters:

      • Workplace stops
      • Consumer/commercial stops
      • Promotional/Special Event stops

      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:

      • Located 2 miles or more from a library facility
      • Receive government assistance, enrollment fees determined on a sliding scale, or have children receiving government assistance
      • No facility owned vehicle(s) capable of legally transporting groups of children

      The Mobile Library currently visits daycares once monthly.

      For more information, please call the Outreach Services office at (765) 429-0169.

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      Indiana Digital Media     Tumble Book Library     

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          Book Clique Blog  



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      Adult Services

      Genealogy Resources Have a question? Ask a librarian!
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