West Lafayette Public Library is glad to announce the receipt of a generous grant from the Indiana Arts Commision and the The Arts Federation that will allow us to provide community programming centered around arts instruction and artistic recreation for all ages.

The Creativity Lab Art Workshops (CLAW) series will introduce participants to a new skill, artistic medium, or creative project in the library setting. Each session will be led by a guest artist from or with connections to the Greater Lafayette community. One Sunday session will be offered exclusively for adults and teens over 13 years old, while another session for families with children will offer a project more suited toward younger abilities.

These sessions are being held in the Library’s new Creativity Lab, a designated space for making and creating that has opened over the summer, and in the Children’s Activity Room. This program series will be offered free of charge to the public in an effort to welcome everyone into our remodeled library and to encourage further art exploration and appreciation within the Greater Lafayette community. 

Library Director, Nick Schenkel, states, “On behalf of The West Lafayette Public Library I’m pleased the Library can continue its tradition of bringing people of all ages together to explore artistic endeavors. Encouraging creativity is a mainstay of public library service to our community.”

For an opportunity to share your thoughts on shaping this series, please participate in this survey.

The Library is currently seeking teaching artist partners to be part of this exciting new opportunity for our community. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Ashley Fletcher at afletcher@wlaf.lib.in.us.

Volunteers needed in our NEW book shop!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED in our NEW library book shop, The Book Cellar!

Before we can open our new book shop to the public, we need volunteers that can help with initial setup and/or can commit to recurring hours once the shop is open.

Duties of a Book Cellar volunteer can include: moving and cleaning shelves (during the initial setup period), sorting incoming donations, stocking the book shop, staffing it during open hours, and helping customers.

If you are interested, please visit the Volunteering page of our website and fill out the application. Indicate that you are interested in the Book Shop help and you’ll be contacted soon to get started!

Link: https://wlaf.lib.in.us/volunteering/

If you have any questions about this volunteer opportunity, please contact the Library at 765-743-2261.

Take-And-Make Hot Chocolate Bomb

Stop by the West Lafayette Public Library to pick up your own Take-And-Make Hot Chocolate Bomb Kit. Starting on December 7th until December 11th, we will be handing out a limited number of hot chocolate bomb kits, and the instructional video for how to assemble them will go live on December 12th, at 2 PM. These kits are available to adults only, and are limited in quantity, so please be sure to stop by as soon as possible!

Children’s Programs Wednesdays

We are excited to share books and songs with you and your little one at our new temporary program space – The Bean in Margerum City Hall. Every Wednesday join Miss Melissa for stories and Miss Gail for music. These programs are free, no registration required and best suited for children 5 and under.



Anti-Racism Reading

As we watch events around the country and the world unfold, the West Lafayette Public Library joins others in expressing our support of those fighting for social justice. 

As a public library, it is our duty to create free and equitable access to materials that encourage our community members to learn, grow, and seek the truth — even when it’s challenging. We begin our efforts by increasing the visibility and availability of materials that shed light on the impact that economic injustice and systemic racism play in our lives.

We hope that we can play a role in fostering understanding and change. We are developing a resource list of library materials to help. These lists are just a beginning, so please join us in exploring these important materials and discovering more. 

Thank you to the Purdue Black Cultural Center for their time and to other members of the community who have helped us build this list.

Adult Non-Fiction

YA Non-Fiction and Fiction

Children’s Materials

Conversations About Race – Hoopla Collection

Anti-Racism Reading – Overdrive/Libby Collection

Black Lives Matter – Resource Guide from Purdue University Libraries

The West Lafayette Public Library is pleased to announce that it has been selected as a recipient of the Indiana Humanities Advancing Racial Equity grant. Indiana Humanities created the grant opportunity after the death of George Floyd with the intention to “help Hoosiers think, read and talk about racial injustice and systemic racism and to support libraries as key public humanities organizations in this work.”

The grant award has allowed us to purchase 62 items including feature films, documentaries, Adult non-fiction, and Young Adult and Children’s fiction and non-fiction. The books were chosen from a list provided by Indiana Humanities and determined by library staff to best fill gaps in the library’s collection around racism and social justice issues.

Please find a catalog list of our selections below:

Indiana Humanities Advancing Racial Equity Collection

Wifi Hotspots available!

Going on a trip and needing wifi on the road?
In need of temporary internet while at home?

Residents of the Greater Lafayette community are welcome to check out a wireless hotspot from the West Lafayette Public Library.

You may place a hold on a hotspot by clicking here or by calling the Library at 765-743-2261. A limited quantity are available.

Hotspot Borrowing Guidelines:

  1. Only adult patrons (Resident or Reciprocal accounts) in good standing may check out a hotspot.
  2. Hotspots circulate for a period of 7 days.
  3. The devices may be renewed 1 time. This will happen automatically by the Evergreen Indiana system unless another person is waiting for the item. 
  4. Hotspots may be placed on hold. Patrons have 1 week to pick up the hotspot before their hold is cancelled and the item made available to the next patron in line. 
  5. Internet services on the hotspot will be remotely deactivated the day after the due date.
  6. During our limited open hours, hotspots may be returned to any public desk or bookdrop. 
  7. Due to the demand for hotspots, a patron (or another member of the patron’s household) may not check out a hotspot after returning it until a period of 7 days has passed. 
  8. All components must be returned in the condition that they were received – no substitutions accepted.
  9. Patrons are responsible for costs associated with damage, loss, or theft of the hotspot.
  10. Patrons will be charged for any missing parts in accordance with the replacement costs. If individual parts cannot be replaced, the patron will be charged for the entire unit. 
  11. Replacement costs as are follows:
    Hotspot Device – 75.00
    Case – 15.00
    Charging Cable – 10.00
    Total replacement cost –  100.00
  12. Patrons may not attempt to alter or reconfigure the firmware of the hotspot or to remove the battery.
  13. Patrons may not use or attempt to use the hotspot for illegal purposes, including (but not limited to) violations of licensing agreements and/or copyright laws.
  14. Patrons assume full responsibility for any damage to their personal devices resulting from malicious software or viruses downloaded via the hotspot.
  15. Patrons assume full responsibility to protect minor children from exposure to objectionable content on the Internet, including (but not limited to) pornography, violence and/or hate speech.

If it is determined that a patron displays a history of neglecting these guidelines, he or she may lose hotspot borrowing privileges.