Library Reopening Information

The West Lafayette Public Library will reopen on Tuesday, July 7th with new hours and safety procedures in place.

Coming soon: watch for our video explaining our reopening details!

We’re happy to have you back! Please do your best to adhere to the following safety standards.

While you are visiting the Library, please limit your visits to 30 minutes or less. This allows staff to maintain a clean environment between patron visits.

Masks are REQUIRED to be worn for the entire duration of your visit. We will have a limited quantity available if you do not have one.

If you are not feeling well, we ask that you do not visit the Library until you are feeling better. In the meantime, we encourage you to look into our digital resources or curbside pickup options.

Contactless Pickup (Curbside Service)
We understand that not everyone is ready to enter the Library again; that’s okay! Curbside service will be available Tuesday through Saturday from 4:00pm to 6:00pm.

To use this service, place holds on items you wish to check out either online through the Evergreen catalog or by calling the Library. Your items are ready once you receive a Hold Notification email. You then have one week to pick up your items during our curbside hours.

Please note: we will check out these items to you ahead of time.

When you arrive at the Library, call us to let us know you are here. Your items will be bagged and distributed contactlessly through our Columbia St. vestibule.

Holds may also be picked up at the circulation desk during open hours.

Safety and Cleaning Measures
We want everyone to be safe and feel comfortable while using the Library. As such, we have enacted the following practices.

The Building:
In addition to our normal cleaning service, the Library has hired additional staff to clean and sanitize all public areas while we are open to the public. Special attention will be given to high traffic areas and the Children’s Department. Public computers will be cleaned by staff after each patron use.

Library furniture has been rearranged to allow for optimal social distancing and will be cleaned routinely during public use.

Hand sanitizer will be placed throughout the building for public use.

The Materials:
All items that are returned will undergo a quarantine of at least 72-hours before being handled by Library staff. If you receive overdue notices for material you’ve already returned, don’t worry; the Library does not charge overdue fines. The quarantine process will not cause fines to accrue on your account.

Likewise, any incoming Evergreen Indiana, SRCS, or InterLibrary Loan materials will undergo the same quarantine. If you’re wanting an item from another Library, please keep this short delay in mind if the item is needed by a particular date (for book clubs, etc.)

The Staff:
All Library staff are required to complete self-assessments of health before reporting to work each day. While working in the building, staff will wear face masks and those working on public desks will be stationed behind plexiglass screens.

Meeting Rooms
Until further notice, all meeting rooms are closed. All meeting room reservations have been canceled.

Library Programs
Recurring in-person Library programs (such as storytimes, craft days, etc.) have been canceled.

Our librarians are working hard to provide you with alternate programs through virtual or take-home activities. This includes programs being held as part of our Summer Reading Program. For more information on these, please visit the News page.

Public Computers
Public computers are available for use with a 30-minute time limit per day.

Please note: there are no computers available in the Children’s Department. If a child needs to use a computer, they may use those available in the adult areas.

The Library offers mobile hotspots for checkout. If you are able to use one of these at home, we highly encourage you to do so! Hotspots may be checked out at the first floor circulation desk and can be checked out for one week at a time.

Printing/Faxing Service
If you need documents printed, feel free to email the files to us at Staff will print the documents before your arrival and have them ready for pickup. You may pick up your documents during curbside hours, if you prefer.

If you need documents faxed, you may also email the files to us at, if you are able. Staff can fax the pages and then email the confirmation page back to you.

If you cannot email the documents that you need printed or faxed, you may still use our self-service processes while the Library is open. We can also offer staff assistance with this during curbside hours.

Currently, there is no charge for printing (black and white, up to 20 pages).

New Parking Garage Instructions
The Library’s new parking garage gate system will be active beginning July 7th. When you arrive at the garage, take a ticket from the entry gate.

You have one (1) hour of free parking, regardless of your destination. Present your ticket at the exit gate and you will not be charged for parking.

If you exceed one (1) hour of parking and you were in the Library for all of that time, your parking is free. See a staff member to have your ticket validated before leaving the Library.

If you exceed one (1) hour of parking and you were visiting the surrounding area, you will charged at a rate of $3/hour (maximum $10/day).

The Library will not validate parking used while the Library is closed.

No monthly parking passes are being sold at this time.

Coming soon: watch for our video explaining the new garage gate process.

At this time, we can accept small donations. You may bring these to the circulation desk during open hours.

Large donations or donation pickups are handled by the Friends of the West Lafayette Public Library. Please contact the Friends for more information.

Things have drastically changed and we know it’s a lot to take in. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us at 765-743-2261 or email Our phone/email hours are Mon-Sat 10am to 6pm.

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 (coming soon!)

Conversations About Race – Hoopla Collection

Anti-Racism Reading – Overdrive/Libby Collection

Black Lives Matter – Resource Guide from Purdue University Libraries

Children’s Crafts Bags

Children’s craft bags are now available!
For children ages 2 to 12.
Craft Bags will be on a table just inside the entrance to the children’s department during the hours the library is open:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: 12 to 4 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Craft Bags will also continue to be available during the times of contactless curbside holds pickup.
Tuesday through Saturday: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Families do not need to call the library when they arrive. Children may look at the samples taped to the windows and then reach into the vestibule and take the selected bag.
Crafts will be on display in the windows of the Columbia Street entrance to the building. (This is the one that faces the parking structure.)
There will probably be 2 or 3 different levels of crafts to select every week. This will vary with the craft topic.
Children may select 1 bag every week of summer reading.
Coloring &/or activity pages will be included in every craft bag.
If you have any questions, please call the library and ask to speak to a children’s department staff member.
The themes for the week of July 6th’s craft are Ancient Greece and Mythology. There will be 2 choice for the bags: Olympic Games torch or a Pegasus puppet.
Note: Craft bags from previous weeks will be available on tables next to the current week’s crafts as long as supplies last.

July Children’s Department News

Hi Everyone!
The library will be open with limited hours beginning Tuesday, July 7. We will also be continuing to fill requests for materials. Read about Contactless Pickup to learn when and how you may collect held items for your family.
July hours: Tuesday through Friday: Open from 12:00 to 4 p.m
Saturday: Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Curbside collection of holds: Tuesday to Saturday: 4 to 6 p.m.,
Library closed Sunday and Monday, with no curbside holds collection.

We are excited about opening the library and eager to see all our families. However, we need to give you a little more information to prepare your children for their visits. In order to be able to clean the building carefully every day and keep things germ-free, we have made some changes.
Masks will be required for all adults and for children older than 2.
Visits will be limited to 30 minutes.
Early Learning & internet computers will be turned off.
One self-check station and one catalog computer will be available in the children’s area. There will also be 2 staff members to assist you at our information desk.
The castle area will be closed, as it would be impossible to clean it after every child plays there.
No puzzles or coloring pages.

Good news: Your children may register for the summer reading club and collect their reading records and summer 2020 bags while they are visiting the library. Registration ends July 26.
Prize collection: July 14 – August 15

Children’s Summer Reading Club

Children’s summer reading club runs from June 15 to July 26. There will be 3 methods of registering for the club.

Method 1: ReaderZone app
Children who want to register and track summer reading online:

  1. Visit ReaderZone to sign up, or find the ReaderZone app in your App Store.
  2. Use code 720ef to enroll in the WLPL 2020 Children’s Summer Reading Program.
  3. Choose to record by books, or minutes, or pages read. A child may participate in only one category and register only one time for the summer.

You may register your child at any time, but you will not start to record reading until June 15. You do not need a library card, but you or your child will need an email address to register.
If you have problems with ReaderZone, fill out our help form.

Method 2: Online Registration & Paper Reading Logs
Children who want to record their summer reading on paper can register online and then collect their paper log for books, minutes, or pages read during a Contactless Curbside Pickup time.
Complete our registration form to get started! Logs will be available after June 7.
If you’ve chosen to record your reading online through Reader Zone, please do not use this form.

Method 3: In-person Registration & Paper Reading Logs
Children who want to enroll and record their summer reading on paper will be able to select a log for books, minutes, or pages read. They will be able to register in person when the library opens on July 7.
Happy Reading!

Craft Bags
Since we are not allowed to have our usual programs, we will be sending home crafts for children to complete at home. Craft bags will be available for families on the “contactless holds pick up days.” There will be a limit of one bag per child per week. The bags will be on a table in the vestibule of the Columbia Street entrance, next to the table with held items to be collected, and on tables in the children’s area when the library is open. Bags from previous weeks will also be available, as long as the supplies last.

May Children’s Department News

Dear Parents:
Happy Spring! The children’s department staff misses our families and hope that you are all healthy and coping with staying in your homes, instead of enjoying your many activities, including visiting the library.
We have been busy ordering and processing new books for your children, creating materials for our summer reading club, making room on the shelves for new books, and working with the architects to finalize the plans for the construction of the new children’s area in the library.

Bad news: We do not yet know when the library will be opening again. We are planning a contactless “curbside pickup” of reserved items and intend to start that service on May 20. (Please see Nick’s announcement about this on the website.) We are developing plans for reopening the library at some time in the summer, too.
We will not be able to offer the “Lap Sit”, “Time for Twos”, “Music & Fun”, and Preschool Story and Craft programs until late summer or possibly early fall. Instead of lego builders club meetings and craft and science events during the summer, we will be creating weekly craft bags for children. (More information about the craft bags will be available when we open again.)
Good news: We will be offering summer reading clubs for children, teens, and adults. They will just be a little different this year …..

Our Children’s Summer Reading Club is for children who are ages 1 through 12. (Students who are entering 7th grade may participate in the children’s department club or the teen club.)
The program is for listeners as well as readers.
Children are not required to have a library card, but the registering adult must have an email address.
Children will have the choice of recording the number of pages, books, or minutes read.
Everyone will be able to register online. Parents will need to register their children. Check our newsletter and the library website in June to learn how to register your families.

Register: June 15 to July 26
Read: June 15 to July 26
Collect Prizes: Dates to be announced after July 1

IF the library is able to reopen during summer reading time, children may register in person at that time, if they prefer to use the paper forms to record their reading activity. Also, all children who register, either online or in person, will be able to collect their summer reading bags as soon as the library opens.
We will announce the dates of prize collection after we know when the library will be open again.
Happy Reading!