The St. Joseph County Public Library has partnered with St. Joe Valley Metronet, and the City of South Bend on this site equipped with high-speed Internet, public Wi-Fi, up-to-date laptop and desktop computers, and copying, faxing, scanning, and printing services. Programming will focus on empowering residents to gain the technology and digital literacy skills demanded by the modern age. CLICK SB at MLK is the first of many sites to create digital inclusion for all in our community.
The St. Joseph County Public Library has partnered with the St. Joseph County Juvenile Justice Center (JJC) to create an on-site browsing and circulating collection with periodic donations from the Friends of the Library. Library staff provide quarterly outreach visits and programming for residents. In addition, the library will host several book discussion programs with JJC, made possible by a Great Stories Club grant from the American Library Association. The JJC is dedicated to protecting the safety of the community by providing the appropriate treatment and rehabilitation for the children and families of our county.
St. Joseph County Public Library and the St. Joseph County Parks have teamed up to bring StoryWalk®, a fun, interactive reading experience to both St. Patrick’s County Park and Bendix Woods. SJCPL librarians help select books and prepare StoryWalks® that have environmental or wildlife themes to post along park trails. The project encourages early literacy, outdoor activity, nature awareness and spending time with family. Library patrons can also check out a one-day Discovery Pass at the Main Library for complementary admission to the park! The St. Joseph County Parks will enrich the community and the lives of St. Joseph County residents by conserving and caring for significant natural areas, promoting understanding and stewardship of our unique natural and cultural heritage through innovative programs and services, and enhancing visitor experiences through well-maintained park facilities.
The St. Joseph County Public Library has partnered with The Music Village for special outreach programs such as our Summer Reading Challenge kick-off event held in the library parking lot. The Music Village, a community musical arts alliance, celebrates music and cultural expressions rooted in the traditions of diverse local and global communities in the heart of downtown South Bend, Indiana. They occupy half of our Book Sale building located at the corner of Michigan and Western streets which allows us to collaborate on developing a campus of creative enrichment and education.
The St. Joseph Public Library has partnered with the Food Bank of Northern Indiana to host monthly onsite visits featuring children's activities and library materials. Library staff provide free materials donated by the Friends of the Library, coordinate activities, and make library cards for Food Bank customers. The Food Bank of Northern Indiana works in partnership with the community to feed the hungry, increase awareness of the effects of hunger and lead programs designed to alleviate hunger.
The St. Joseph County Public Library and the University of Notre Dame's Hesburgh Library have partnered to make it easier than ever for students, faculty, and staff to use their public library. Hesburgh is now offering SJCPL library card registration, hold pickups, and returns at their circulation desk. To learn how to take advantage of this partnership, please click here.
St. Joseph County Public Library has partnered with Success Academy South Bend to provide library services for children in Kindergarten through fifth grade. Success Academy, a charter school, opened its doors in 2015 next to the LaSalle Branch on Ardmore Trail. From the start, St. Joseph County Public Library's LaSalle Branch has provided the school's only access to a library. Classes in each grade make regular visits to learn about our resources, spend time reading, and browse our collection for books to check out. We have made fine-free library cards available to every student at Success Academy South Bend.
The St. Joseph County Public Library and the Volunteer Lawyer Network have partnered to provide free legal advice through the Ask a Lawyer Program. The Volunteer Lawyer Network's mission is to offer free legal assistance and representation from community lawyers to low-income individuals located in St. Joseph, Elkhart, LaPorte, Starke, Marshall and Kosciusko counties. Ask a Lawyer is offered three times per year at the Main Library to the public on a first come, first served basis.
Wireless South Bend
The St. Joseph County Public Library has partnered with the City of South Bend, the South Bend Housing Authority, and enFocus to bring wireless internet to the Monroe Circle neighborhood, as part of a larger effort by the city and other nonprofit agencies to expand free wireless access in downtown South Bend. The Monroe Circle Wireless Project was made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library. The St. Joseph County Public Library wants all residents to have easy access to information resources that help improve their lives. We are seeking more ways to expand our wireless network beyond Library walls.