Hours and Holidays

We are open to the public:

  • Monday through Thursday* 10 am to 8 pm
  • Friday 10 am to 6 pm
  • Saturday 10 am to 5 pm
  • Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm

*4th Thursday of each month    Noon to 8 pm

The Library is closed on the following holidays:
New Year's Day; Easter Sunday; Memorial Day; 4th of July; Labor Day; Thanksgiving; Christmas Eve; Christmas; and New Year's Eve.

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Past WALLA Films


  • A Map for Saturday
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • The Sapphires
  • Blancanieves
  • Sweet Land

Read more: Past WALLA Films

Current WALLA Films & Friends Film Series


WALLA’s 2014 Summer Film Series’ theme is Lifelong Learning!



rise-above-the-markRise Above the Mark on Monday, June 9 at 6:45 p.m.

Written and produced by educators and friends of public education in West Lafayette, Indiana, the documentary Rise Above the Mark examines the state of public education in the United States and how positive changes are needed to improve the public school system for all children. (Not rated, 65 minutes, 2014)






mw-picThe Miracle Worker on Monday, June 23 at 6:45 p.m.

Adapted from William Gibson’s play, The Miracle Worker tells of Annie Sullivan’s struggle to teach Helen Keller, her blind and deaf pupil, how to communicate. (Not rated, 106 minutes, 1962)






sd-picStand and Deliver on Monday, July 14 at 6:45 p.m.

High-school math teacher Jaime Escalante (Edward James Olmos) challenges his drop-out prone inner-city students to take and pass the AP calculus exam. (PG, 103 minutes, 1998)






ab-picAkeelah and the Bee on Monday, July 21 at 6:45 p.m.

The last thing eleven year-old Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer) wanted to do was enter her school spelling bee—but after winning it, she is inspired by Dr. Larabee (Lawrence Fishburne) to set a new goal: winning the National Spelling Bee. (PG, 112 minutes, 2006)






er-picEducating Rita on Monday, August 11 at 6:45 p.m.

Rita (Julie Walters) is a working-class woman determined to attend university; Frank (Michael Caine) is a disillusioned English professor attempting to escape academia via alcoholism. When Rita enrolls in an Open University course and Frank is assigned as her tutor they both experience transformations they never could have expected. (PG, 110 minutes, 1983)





WLPL Board of Trustees

Mission: The West Lafayette Public Library strives to be our community's center for lifelong learning, the collector of our community's written and audio-visual heritage, and the gateway to resources within and beyond the Library's walls.


Jeffrey Schwab, President

Linda Eales, Vice President

Marybeth Miller, Secretary

Mark Pugh, Treasurer

Bryan Hubbard, Member

Patricia Garrott, Member

Christiane Keck, Member

The Library Board of Trustees has been in existence since its formation in 1921.

All Library board members are appointed by elected government bodies and all members reside within the

West Lafayette Public Library District.


Board Agenda - 10.08.2014

Approved meeting minutes 2011 -

Approved meeting minutes 2006 - 2010

Board Minute Archive - Minutes from 1921 through 1940


West Lafayette Public Library By-Laws





Library Board Bylaws


West Lafayette, Indiana


Article 1. Meetings

1.1       The regular meetings of the Board of Trustees shall be on the second Wednesday of each month at the library building. Temporary schedule changes may be made by the President when necessary to secure a quorum or to meet special situation.  When a change of meeting date is necessary, the Board shall issue a public notice.

1.2        Special meetings may be called by the President whenever it may be necessary or at the written request of three members of the Board.  Only such business as stated in the call shall be transacted. Three days prior notice is to be given to each member before any special meeting.

1.3        Board meetings shall conform to the Open Meetings Law of the State of Indiana.

1.4        The annual report of the Library Director shall be made at the regular meeting in February.

Article 2. Quorum

2.1       The Board shall consist of seven members. Four members of the Board shall constitute a quorum.

Article 3. Officers

3.1       Officers of the Board shall consist of the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.

3.2        The annual election of officers shall take place at the regular meeting in June.  Terms for newly elected officers will begin the following July.  No officer, except the Treasurer, shall hold the same office for more than two consecutive years.

3.3        In case of vacancy of the office of President, the Vice-President shall succeed for the unexpired term. In case of vacancy of the office of Vice President, Secretary or Treasurer, the Board at its next regular meeting shall elect a member to fill the unexpired term.

3.4        The President shall preside at board meetings, appoint committees, serve as an ex-officio member on all committees, and perform all other duties that normally pertain to the office.  In the case of a tie vote on business of the Board, the President shall vote to break the tie.

3.5        The Vice-President shall perform the duties of the President in the President’s absence.

3.6        The Secretary shall record the proceedings of the Board and, utilizing the personnel of the library, have such record duplicated and distributed to the Board for approval.         

3.7       The Treasurer, who may or may not be a Board member, shall be the chief financial officer of or for the Board.  The treasurer, or his/her designee, shall prepare the financial records and report monthly to the Board the financial condition of the library.  The treasurer shall supervise the activities of any hired personnel and the Library Director in the preparation of bills for Board approval and payment and in the preparation of annual budgets and accompanying details required to submit budgetary requests to legal taxing authorities.  The treasure shall supervise the investment of library funds to keep the Board regularly appraised of these investments and and alert the Board to any developing financial problems.  The Treasurer shall be appropriately bonded in an amount determined by the Board.


Article 4. Committees

4.1       The Board shall function as a committee of the whole for purposes of overseeing the general financial condition of the library separate from the specific duties assigned to the treasurer, and for overseeing the general maintenance and upkeep of the building and property.

4.2        A personnel committee, consisting of three Board members appointed by the President, shall assist the librarian in personnel matters such as preparation of job descriptions and related policies affecting the well-being of employees and volunteer staff.  The committee shall also serve as an advisory group to the librarian for purposes of annual performance reviews and salary recommendations.  Committee members will serve for a period of three years.

4.3        Other committees dealing with special situations may be appointed by the President and approved by the Board. Such committees shall report regularly to the Board and serve until the completion of the work for which they are appointed or until terminated by the President or the Board.


Article 5. Library Director

5.1       The Library Director shall be appointed by the Board.

5.2        The Library Director shall be solely responsible for the administration and management of the library, subject to the review and direction of the Board.  The Library Director shall administer the policies adopted by the Board, with responsibility for directing and supervising personnel, and recommending such policies and procedures as will promote and improve the service of the library. The Library Director shall attend all Board meetings.

5.3        The Library Director shall present a monthly report of the operations to the Board at its regular meetings. The annual report of the Library Director, showing fully the operations of the library for the previous year, shall be made at a regular meeting in February.


Article 6. Amendments

  1. Amendments hereto shall be made only at a regular meeting of the Board, must be proposed at least one month previous to final action of the same, and shall be approved by a majority of the members of the Board.
  2. Section 7.1 shall not apply if such person has been employed in the same position in the West Lafayette Public Library for at least twelve (12) consecutive months immediately preceding the appointment of his or her relative as a member or the Library Board of Trustees or Library Director.
  3. No persons related as father, mother, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, husband, wife, son, daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, niece, or nephew may be placed in a direct supervisory-subordinate relationship.

Article 7. Nepotism and Conflict of Interest7.1  No person being related to any member of the Library Board of Trustees, or to the Library Director, as father, mother, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, a husband or wife, son or daughter, son-in-law or daughter-in-law, niece or nephew, shall be eligible to hold any position in the West Lafayette Public Library, nor shall any such relative be entitled to receive any compensation for his or her services out of any appropriation provided by law.

Revised March 1, 2004, July 14, 2010


Library Board Agenda

Meeting time: Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 6:30 pm
Meeting place: Library Board Room, West Lafayette Public Library


1.  Quorum

2. Secretary's minutes

3. Treasurer's Report 

4. President's Report

5. Library Director's Report

6.  Old Business: Collection Development, Building maintenance and repairs, Past action items.

8.  New Business: 2014 library health insurance for full time staff, Capital Projects Fund for 2015 - 2017, Nonresident library card fee review,  Cooperation with Tippecanoe County and other area libraries including Evergreen Indiana; Topics for further action and discussion.

9. Comments from the public.

10. Adjourn.

Next Library Board Meeting: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 @ 6:30 pm at the Library.

Employment Opportunities



Part Time West Lafayette History Research Center Assistant


The West Lafayette Public Library is proud to announce an opening for a part time staff member who will work with Library staff to expand the resources of the West Lafayette History and Research Center. The Center is housed at the Library. 


Total number of work hours will average 10 hours each week.  The position begins in early January 2015.


Supervisor is Nick Schenkel, West Lafayette Public Library.


Duties of the part time assistant include, but are not limited to:


  • Cataloging and digitizing existing donated West Lafayette history collections and cataloging and digitizing newly donated West Lafayette history collections 


  • Developing outreach into the West Lafayette community to obtain new collection donations and 
  • Working with researchers interested in using the West Lafayette History Research Center



  • Working with other library staff as we continue developing good working relationships with appropriate Departments of the City of West Lafayette, the Purdue Archives, Tippecanoe County Historical Association, Tippecanoe County Public Library, and other interested parties


  • Becoming an active member of West Lafayette History Research Center advisory committee which advises the Library on the direction and initiatives for the Research Center
  • Working with other library staff as we write grants to support and extend the work of the WLHRC


Requirements include:

  • College degree in an appropriate field of study; advanced degree a plus
  • Great communication skills; fluency in English
  • Friendly, easy-going manner
  • Ability to lift up to twenty five pounds and work for significant amounts of time at one task
  • Access to car or other form of transportation to reach areas of West Lafayette for outreach purposes
  • Willingness to learn the basics of archiving from professionals in the field 


Candidate pluses include:

  • Familiarity with the West Lafayette community

Hourly pay rate will be based on education and experience


To apply please send your:

  • letter of interest
  • resume
  • and three references

to Nick Schenkel,West Lafayette Public Library, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Note: a background criminal check by the Library may be required for the person who is to be hired for this position.


 Questions? Please contact: Nick Schenkel,West Lafayette Public Library, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



The Library has employment opportunities from time to time. When we do we will post the openings here.

If you are interested in working at the Library we encourage you to fill out an application which we keep on file for 3 months. We review all the current applications whenever a opening occurs. We seldom have summer openings.


Unpaid internships for students interested in librarianship may be available.  Please contact Erica Brown by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 765-743-2261.

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