Outreach Services

What are Outreach Services?

The La Porte County Public Library provides service outside of a traditional branch in two ways:

Mobile Library

The La Porte County Public Library offers mobile library service via a bookmobile that carries books, movies, music, and more to customers in our area. Bookmobiles carry a wide variety of materials for all ages with an emphasis on entertainment DVDs and popular fiction and non-fiction for youth and adults. There are over 15 community stops around the city and county, so there’s one close to you. At the bookmobile, you can:

  • Check out audiobooks, books, CDs, DVDs,  and magazines
  • Get a library card
  • Pick up holds and return items – just like at the library
  • Staff can answer questions and help with a variety of needs
  • Update your account – change your address, pay a fine, etc.

Doorstep Delivery

Doorstep Delivery Service is available to residents who are physically unable to visit a branch library, by reason of disability or infirmity, for a period of three months or longer.

Once a month, staff will bring library materials to your home. Like personal shoppers, we do our best to select items based on each individual’s tastes and needs. To be eligible for Doorstep Delivery you must live within the Library’s service area and complete an application for outreach services. As part of the application process, we will ask about your favorite authors and subjects to create your personal profile. You can also request specific items for delivery.

Which Outreach Service is right for you?

While our bookmobile is wheelchair accessible, its steps can be challenging for people with limited mobility. If you have a hard time going up and down stairs, or require a walking aid, you may be best served by our Doorstep Delivery service.

Residents of an assisted living or senior living center are welcome to use our Mobile Library lobby stop services. If lobby stops are not yet available at your facility, you can inquire about establishing the Mobile Library lobby stop service or Doorstep Delivery service can be requested.

Where does Doorstep Delivery visit?

We provide Doorstep service to nursing homes and other types of housing for people with physical disabilities or other special needs.

We will deliver library items directly to a person’s home. Any resident who is homebound because of illness or physical disability may apply for service.

To request service or receive additional information, contact the Library at 219-362-6156 opt. 5 or submit the form below.

Where does the Mobile Library stop?

Community Stops

  • Children – We visit preschools, day cares, and early learning facilities.
  • Older Residents – We bring library items to people living in retirement homes, nursing homes, and other types of housing where there are people who cannot visit the Library because of age or physical disability.
  • Community stops – We visit neighborhoods, apartment complexes, community centers, and subdivisions where community members can walk or bike to and from the van.

Group Stops

We visit preschools, daycares, and early learning facilities. These stops are intended to instill a love of reading and books in young children.
Mobile Library provides services to preschools, daycares, and early learning facilities that:

  • Are within the Library’s service area
  • Apply for and receive an Outreach Library card
  • Have at least 10 children enrolled
  • Are not within easy walking distance to a public library location

We offer two types of monthly service:

1. The big walk-on bookmobile visits the childcare centers, and teachers and children come aboard and check out library materials OR

2. We deliver a one-box (35 items) or two-box (70 items) deposit collection of materials we select based on the center’s requests, preferences, and themes for the month.

 

Residential Facilities

The Library provides monthly delivery of Library materials to retirement homes, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and adult family homes when a significant number of residents in that facility are unable to use regular branch library services due to age or physical or mental disability. Participating facilities must demonstrate interest in participation in the program on the part of residents and complete an application form. In order to accommodate residents with limited mobility, Library staff can bring materials inside the facility for residents to browse during a lobby stop. During a lobby stop, facilities must provide:

1. Convenient access that allows staff to bring wheeled carts into the building, and parking for a 20 ft. bookmobile.

2. A central lobby or activity room large enough to accommodate the Library’s mobile browsing units as well as library staff and residents, including tables to place materials.

Mobile Library Services’ bookmobile runs may vary or be cancelled during holiday periods, inclement weather, or for vehicle maintenance.

How can I get the Mobile Library Service?

To request service or inquire about a stop near you, contact the Library at 219-362-6156 opt. 5.

Questions?

Would you like to learn more about our outreach services? Do you have more questions about how it works or how it can help you and your family? One of our team members would love to answer your questions.

Fields marked with an * are required

Rainbow-image