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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.Article Count: 6
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!
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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.
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.
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
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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.
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- The Portal
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.
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Helpful Links for Your Community
- Tippecanoe County Government - Includes election results, department information, employment opportunities, census info, and court records.
- City of Lafayette
- Lafayette Police Department - Neighborhood crime statistics, fugitive listings.
- Lafayette Police Department - Neighborhood crime statistics, fugitive listings.
- City of West Lafayette
- IN.gov - Information about teaching licenses, road construction maps, BMV Rapid Renewal, and county statistics for Indiana. See Indiana road conditions.
- Indiana Code - Search the Indiana Code and pending legislation. Search by code number or by keyword search. Check here for building code information.
- Indiana Court Forms - PDF and Word copies of common legal forms like DIVORCE, NAME CHANGE, and CHILD CUSTODY MODIFICATION.
- Indiana Department of Education - Find education statistics, including ISTEP scores by school or corporation.
- Indiana General Assembly - Search bills, pending legislation, and the Indiana Code.
- Indiana Sex and Violent Offender Registry - A searchable regristry of Indiana sex and violent offenders.
- STATS Indiana - Census information, with maps and graphs.
- Bureau of Motor Vehicles - Driver Information and online license renewal
- Dept of Workforce Development - Unemployment, work regulations, and job search help.
- SNAP - Learn about and apply for food assistance
- Government Agencies - A list of all federal departments, agencies, courts, and other offices.
- Citizenship and Immigration Service - Immgiration as well as international adoption
- Travel.State.Gov - Information for international travelers, including passport services and travel advisories
- Guide to Law Online - Compiles links to federal and state laws and regulations.
- Food and Drug Administration - Learn about food safety, vaccines, and drug information.
- Recalls.gov - Learn about product safety recalls
- Benefits - Learn about state and federal benefits like unemployment, Head Start, and more.
- West Lafayette Public Library
- Otterbein Public Library
- Purdue Libraries
- Mental Health Association Library
- St. Elizabeth Medical Library
- 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
- Journal and Courier
- Lafayette Online
- Tipppecanoe County GIS - Analyze features of the county, including: parcels, topography, utilities, etc.
- WLFI Channel 18
- Lafayette-West Lafayette Convention and Visitors Bureau - Coming to town and wondering what there is to do? Includes an events calendar, info or lodging and dining, maps and more.
- Tippecanoe County Historical Association - TCHA is home to the Feast of the Hunter's Moon.
- 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!
- VisitIndiana - The official tourism site of the state of Indiana, complete with the ability to browse many attractions and seasonal events across the state.
- Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs
- Angel Mounds
- Blue Spring Caverns
- Children's Museum of Indianapolis
- Conner Prairie
- Deep River Waterpark
- Eitelgorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
- Fort Wayne Children's Zoo
- Hannah Lindahl Children's Museum
- Holiday World Theme Park
- Indiana Beach
- Indiana State Museum
- Indiana Transportation Museum
- Indianapolis Museum of Art
- Indianapolis Zoo
- Joseph Moore Museum
- Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial
- Marengo Cave
- Mathers Museum of World Cultures
- Northern Indiana Center for History
- President Benjamin Harrison Home
- Richmond Art Museum
- Snite Museum of Art
- Squire Boone Caverns
- Studebaker National Museum
- Swope Art Museum
- Wylie House Museum
- Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette
- 42nd Royal Highland Regiment
- Knickerbocker Saloon
- Lafayette Ballet Company
- Lafayette Brewing Company
- Lafayette Citizens Band
- Lafayette Symphony Orchestra
- Long Center for the Performing Arts
- Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society
- Battle Ground Saddle Club
- Birk Boilermaker Golf Complex
- Coyote Crossing Golf Course
- Dayton Summer Recreation
- East Tipp Summer Recreation
- Greater Lafayette and Surrounding Area Girls Softball League
- Greater Lafayette Recreational Soccer Alliance
- Lafayette Boxing Club
- Lafayette 56ers - Little league football
- Lafayette Municipal Golf Course
- Lafayette Sailing Club
- Lafayette Ski and Snowboard Club
- McAllister Recreation Center
- Ravines Golf Course
- Special Olympics Tippecanoe County Sports
- Wabash River Cycle Club
- Wabash Valley Astronomical Society
- Harrison College
- Ivy Tech Community College
- Purdue University
- St. Elizabeth School of Nursing
- Wabash Area Lifetime Learning Association
- Student Aid - Information about student aid and loans for college
- Faith Christian School
- Head Start
- Junior Achievement of Greater Lafayette
- Lafayette Catholic Schools
- Lafayette School Corporation
- Montessori School of Greater Lafayette
- New Community School
- Tippecanoe School Corporation
- West Lafayette School Corporation
- Association of Women Business Owners
- Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette
- Indiana Business Review
- Indiana Employment Review
- Lafayette Relocation Services
- Lafayette Rotary
- IU Health Arnett Hospital
- Red Cross
- Riggs Community Health Center
- Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health
- Wabash Valley Alliance
- Lafayette OBDocs - Woman's Clinic
- Healthcare Marketplace - Buy insurance under the Affordable Care Act
- Health & Human Services - More information about the ACA.
- Indiana Health Care Reform - Learn about Indiana-specific information.
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.
- Lafayette Crisis Center - 24/7 hotline providing a crisis intervention, suicide prevention, rape advocacy, and the community aid information/referral service First Call/2-1-1.
- Military OneSource - Funded by the Department of Defense to provide information and resources to help deal with military life.
- United Way of Greater Lafayette
- Black Cultural Center
- Division of Diversity and Inclusion
- Citizens for Civil Rights
- Latino Cultural Center
- Native American Educational and Cultural Center
- Pride Lafayette
- NICHES Land Trust - Northern Indiana Citizens Helping Ecosystems Survive.
- Tippecanoe County Humane Society - Listing pets currently up for adoption and animal care tips.
- Wabash River Heritage Corridor Commission
Family and Youth
- Bauer Family Resources
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Wabash Valley
- The Child Care Resource Network
- Family Services
- Lyn Treece Boys and Girls Club
- Planned Parenthood
Food & Clothing
- Faith Baptist Church - Food Pantry/Clothing Closet
- Food Finders of Lafayette
- Lafayette Urban Ministry
- St. John's Episcopal Church
- The Arc - for people with developmental disabilities.
- Mental Health Association
- Wabash Center - for people with developmental disabilities.
- Area IV Agency
- Home with Hope
- Lafayette Habitat for Humanity
- Lafayette Housing Authority
- Lafayette Transitional Housing Center
- Lafayette Urban Ministry
- Salvation Army
- Mental Health Association Day Shelter
- YWCA Domestic Violence - Intervention, prevention, women's shelter.
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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.Article Count: 1
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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.Article Count: 4
- 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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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- Teen Programs
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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 Campus, Downtown, 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 Amy Paget or call 429-0101.Article Count: 15
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- Outreach 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?
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.
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
- 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
- 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.
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:
- 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.
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- TSC School Access
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