All locations will be closed on Monday, May 27th to observe Memorial Day. 

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Resources and Services
The list below are some of our FREE featured services. Additional services can be found here.
Account Management
  • Payment option: credit card
    • Card readers are available at all library locations.
    • You may also pay fines online.

  • Card options for visitors
    • Internet only or temporary cards are also issued if you are visiting the area.
    • Check with the branch staff for more details.

  • Automatic renewals
    • A report runs daily before any branch opens for the day, and attempts to renew eligible items that are due that day.
    • Ineligible items include items that still have renewals left on them, items with holds, and patrons with blocked, barred, or expired accounts.
      • Only valid email addresses will receive a notification of successfully renewed items and the email will contain the new due date.
      • Notifications for successful renewals are sent.
      • Even if a patron does not have an accurate email address listed in their library account, eligible items will still be renewed; however, there will be no notification for successful renewals.
      • Access My Account via the library's online catalog to view your current email address, or contact your local library branch for assistance. 

  • SMS Text Messaging 
    • Receive notices for overdue material, holds, bills, account messages, and library announcements.
    • Access My Account, open the My Information tab, then look for the SMS Notifications section.
      • Add your cell phone number (Add New), choose notification options, then click/tap Save.

  • Phone Notification: Caller ID number changed
    • We do offer notifications via phone. If this option is chosen, please note that we are currently using a new phone service so the number on the caller ID will be 337-721-7116.
      • If the message gets cut off at the beginning of the recording, note that it will repeat the entire message.
      • You will only receive a phone notice if you have not chosen to be notified by either text messaging or email.
      • Please contact your library or chat for assistance.
  • American GirlĀ® Beforever dolls
    • The Junior League of Lake Charles, Inc. teamed up with us to add American Girl dolls to the collection.
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  • VOX Books (aka talking books) 
    • These are juvenile books with an added feature. These books have a small electronic box permanently attached to the inside of the front cover. It reads the book while children follow along. Place them on hold, renew them, and check them out for a 2-week period. At this time, there are 76 copies in the collection. 
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  • Sensory Backpacks 
    • These backpacks were put together with the intended patron being children or parents of children with additional sensory needs as compared to other children (i.e. mentally handicapped, autistic, etc.) There are three different types, each with their own record that can be found in the catalog.

    • Each type of backpack has a general type and amount of items that can be found inside that includes three books, three laminated activity sheets, one CD or DVD, and three toys.

    • One checkout per account and the checkout period is 2 weeks. Backpacks are eligible for renewal.

    • At this time, backpacks can be found at the Central and Sulphur locations. However, they can be placed on hold and sent to a branch location near you.

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  • Color printing 
    • Color printing and color copying are available at all locations. The cost is $.50 per page.
  • WiFi (access and printing) 
    • Access CPPL's WiFi network w/o a library card & pin#.
    • Your Library now offers wireless printing from a laptop/desktop or mobile device.
  • Flash drives for sale 
    • Central Library (S. Lake Charles) currently sells them for $5.
  • Samsung tablets 
    • Tablets are available at the Central Library ( 301 W. Claude St. in Lake Charles), and the Sulphur Regional Library (1160 Cypress St. in Sulphur.)
  • Learning tablets for kids (Launchpads) 
    • Pre-loaded tablets with over 10 apps.
  • Laptops for checkout 
    • For inside library use
      • Check out 1 per card for 2 hours.
      • Available at the Central Library located at 301 W. Claude St. in Lake Charles.
    • Outside of the library
      • Check out 1 per card for 7 days.
      • No renewals, but you may place a hold on a laptop.
  • Hotspots/iPads for checkout 
    • iPad---Checkout 1 per card for 7 days; no renewals, but can place holds.
    • Hotspot---Checkout 1 per card for 7 days; no renewals, but can place holds. Service is only available in T-Mobile coverage areas.
  • Fax, Scan, Charging Stations, etc.
    • The Calcasieu Parish Public Library offers these services.