Attention, OverDrive app users! The OverDrive app has been discontinued. Libby is OverDrive’s newer app for browsing and enjoying digital content from our library. All your loans, holds, and wish list items will be waiting for you in Libby when you add your library card. It’s time to give Libby a try! Learn more here
Libby also comes with new features we know you’ll love, like:
- Tags to categorize books however you’d like
- A central bookshelf for all loans and holds
- Compatibility with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Sonos speakers
- Customizable notifications and more!
Download Libby or visit libbyapp.com to get started.
Switching to Libby from the OverDrive app
Our new permanent Storywalk® signs are installed with The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. Special thanks to the Friends of the Crown Point Library for purchasing our new signs, The City of Crown Point for partnering with the placement of some of the signs in the City’s green space, and Dimension Fence for doing a great job on the installation of all twenty signs.
On Monday, January 30 the Winfield Branch will close, for approximately six weeks, to begin the additional renovations to further improve the usability of the space for our visitors.
Some of the exciting parts of the project include the addition of a study room, an expanded children’s interactive play area, additional shelving to expand the selection of the materials, and a repurposing of the lobby space.
Visit our Facebook page for construction updates. Thank you for your patience during this project!
We are excited to announce, as of January 1, 2023, CPCL will no longer charge fines on overdue materials. In celebration of this historic change in policy, the Library will remove any pre-existing overdue fines for all library patron accounts – so that everyone gets a fresh start! Cardholders will continue to be responsible for returning items and paying for lost or damaged materials. Any cardholder with overdue library materials, whether days or years overdue, may return items without penalty and restore their borrowing privileges going forward.
The CPCL’s Board of Trustees approved the elimination of fines on November 28, 2022, during their regularly scheduled Board of Trustee meeting, on the recommendation from the library’s director, Julie Wendorf. Wendorf shared that the revenue attributed to fines has steadily declined in recent years due to the auto-renewal of materials and the revenue generated by the payment from fines accounted for less than 1% of the library’s operating budget. Going fine free will reduce barriers and increase equity for all library users, which aligns with the library’s guiding principle of ACCESS and also aligns with the 2019 American Library Association resolution encouraging libraries to eliminate overdue fines. CPCL joins a trend of other Indiana libraries going fine free; as of June 2022, 100 out of 236 public libraries in Indiana were fine free.
What does it mean to be fine-free?
Beginning January 1, 2023, all overdue fines will be removed from patron accounts and overdue fines will no longer accrue. Historic fees for lost or damaged items will still remain. Patrons are still responsible for returning library items and accounts will be blocked at $25.00 from the accumulation of lost/damaged fees.
CPCL will continue to send notifications when items are due and again if materials are not returned. After 14 days, unreturned items will be considered lost and the cardholder must either return the item without penalty or pay the replacement cost.