Library Services

  • Library services start with the traditional book lending which, today, includes lending DVDs, CDs, audiobooks and more;
  • continue with reference services to answer questions and show how to use computers and other technology;
  • expand outside the Library to bring services to our friends who are homebound or visit some of our area day care centers or by visiting the West Lafayette Farmer's Market. 
  • We also help with distance learning by providing computers to use and proctoring services
  • Wi-fi access is available in the Library building: WL-Library
  • Wi-fi printing is also available with Ricoh hotspots
  • Meeting rooms  for the public are available for Library patrons in good standing to reserve
    • Check the calendar for room availability

Public Meeting Rooms

The Library has two large meeting rooms, The Elm Room and The Walnut Room, which can be combined into an even larger meeting space. Each of these meeting rooms has a capacity of 50, with a combined capacity of 100. The Children's Program Room may also be scheduled for children's meetings and events. It is available regular hours except during storytimes and other Library events. Our Amphitheater may also be scheduled, subject to senior staff approval.Check the Library Meeting Room Use Policy and Operational Rules and Regulations for time limits and to see if your meeting/event is eligible for scheduling these spaces.

You may schedule space for a meeting/event by filling out a meeting room request form below. Please call us at (765) 743-2261 if you have any questions.

Reference

The Library staff is here to help answer your questions. Come in to the Library, phone: (765-743-2261), or send us an email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  .

We have a large collection of reference materials, including extensive consumer and investment information. As a member of Evergreen Indiana, the West Lafayette Library offers access to over 6 million books and other items found at over 100 Indiana public libraries - we'll be glad to help you use Evergreen Indiana if you have questions.

We'll gladly show you how to search the Internet for the answers you need. You can use these links we have found helpful.

If the items you need are not available in our collection, the collections of Tippecanoe County Public Library or the Purdue University Library System, you can use our Interlibrary Loan Service to obtain materials from other libraries.

We are also available to help with computer/technology questions.

Circulation

The Library is a public lending library.  Registered Library patrons in good standing can borrow books, DVDs, audiobooks and other materials that circulate.  See the Library Collections for more details.

Rgistered residents of our Library district are eligible to place holds on books and audionbooks in other libraries that are members of the Evergreen Consortia.

How to obtain a Library card

 We do charge Fines for overdue materials

Proctoring at the West Lafayette Public Library

Proctoring fee is $25.00 per test for the first 3 hours scheduled and $10.00 per additional hour scheduled for that test. If we print out the test there is a printing fee of $.10 per page, usually about $2.00 per test.  The proctoring fee is assessed for missed appointments unless cancelled before the appointment.  Please be sure to bring your picture ID when you come to take the exam.

Please contact Proctor Services at least 1 week before you need to take your test to get on the schedule. We have to fit your test into our other duties; therefore not all of the Library's operating hours are available for testing. Email is the preferred contact method: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We suggest getting both of our available proctors approved so that you have more flexibility for scheduling.

Primary contact: Ruth Cushman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
West Lafayette Public Library
208 W. Columbia
West Lafayette, IN 47906
765-743-2261
Fax: 765-743-0540

 

Erica Brown, Adult & Teen Services Librarian
Highest degree: MLS from University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Ruth Cushman, Patron Services Librarian
Highest Degree: BS from Iowa State University & BS from Purdue University