Students & Educators
La Porte County Public Library partners with schools to share resources and provide students and teachers with library accounts. Check out online resources and learn more about the Libraries 360 program below.
Learn more about interesting topics through articles and activities for K-2 students. Additional resources for educators and parents are also available in core subject areas.
Learn more about interesting topics through articles and activities for 3rd-5th grade students. Additional resources for educators and parents are also available in core subject areas.
Checkouts and Due Dates
- Borrow books, audiobooks, and DVDs for 3 weeks.
- There's a due date receipt on items delivered to schools. Check that receipt to see the date to return the item to your school library or any La Porte County Public Library location.
- Want to keep an item longer? It happens automatically! Items checked out from Libraries 360 will automatically renew up to two times unless someone else has placed a hold on the item.
Late or Lost Items
- La Porte County Public Library does not charge overdue fines for late items. You may be charged for lost or damaged items.
- Items kept 28 days (about 4 weeks) past the final due date are assumed lost so a replacement fee for the cost of the item(s) is added to the account. Your account remains un-usable until the items are paid for, returned, or addressed by a librarian.
All classroom teachers at participating schools automatically have accounts.
- You will be assigned a library card to access your account. It will stay the same year after year. The default PIN is the last 4 digits of your school’s phone number.
- Libraries 360 delivers almost anything to schools, except R-rated movies.
- Educators can borrow up to 100 items at a time, most for 6 weeks.
Libraries 360 FAQ
Libraries 360 is the way we share the Library’s educational resources and learning materials with students and teachers in La Porte County schools.
Students at participating schools are issued Libraries 360 accounts through their school homerooms or libraries.
Students may not receive a physical card, but school library staff have their library account information. Teachers receive a physical card. If you need your barcode or a replacement card, visit https://form.jotform.com/230586013868057 to request it.
- Visit libraries360.org and click on your catalog.
- Look around for the materials that you want and then click “Place Hold.” Make sure your school is selected for the pick-up location*, and LPCPL will send the items that you want to your school.
*Students at Michigan City Elementary Schools and La Porte Schools: When you request an item in the catalog, select Main from the drop-down to have it delivered or select the LPCPL location where you want to pick up your item.
*Students at New Prairie United School Corporation: When you request an item in the catalog, select Rolling Prairie from the drop-down to have it delivered or select the LPCPL location where you want to pick up your item.
- Sign into your account using your ID number and PIN. Ask your school librarian about your PIN if you don’t already know it.
Pro tip: Pay attention to whether there are holds on the items you are requesting. If there aren’t any holds, we’ll get things to you as fast as we can. If there are holds, though, you’ll have to wait in line for the item and it might take a while. If there are holds on something that you need right away, check your school library’s shelves to see if you can just grab it there.
Almost everything! Students are assigned an account type appropriate to their grade level. Schools select the Libraries 360 account type students are assigned. If you would like your child to have more access to the Library, you can sign your child up for an unlimited account at any LPCPL location.
We’re moving materials all the time! Items are typically delivered to schools once a week. It can sometimes take 2-3 weeks to get an item from the public library to your school library for pickup.
You can return items you borrowed from your school library to any La Porte County Public Library location. You can also return LPCPL items to your school library.