State Street Walking Tour


State Street with Reds Barber Shop


State Street walking tour: SUNDAY, JULY 10 from 1 to 4 pm

State Street - the heart of old West Lafayette and the gateway to the newest of West Lafayette! 

Join us for a walk down State Street and share memories of the old days and discover more about the bright new days forecast to come soon.

Docents will be ready to talk with you at selected sites along the route.  We hope you’ll share YOUR memories of the State Street past with us too!


Thank You!

Thank you to all who attended our press conference for the upcoming July 10 State Street walking tour:

Thank you to our press conference panelists: West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis, former West Lafayette Mayor Sonya Margerum, Purdue Professor Susan Curtis, Linda Eales, Lynn Layden, Nick Schenkel, and Alexandra Hoff.

Thank you as well to representatives who attended: The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, The Greater Lafayette Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Lafayette Journal and Courier, WLFI/TV 18, and members of the Library staff.


A 2007 Documentary about the French Lick Hotel


Monday, July 11 at 6:45 p.m.FL

at the West Lafayette Public Library

Sponsored by WALLA

57 minutes, Unrated


The program, which debuted March 5, 2007, traces the magnificent history of the hotel—from its days as a spa an unofficial headquarters for the National Democratic Party—to its decline after World War II—and finally to the multi-million dollar restoration that has recently been completed along with a casino, an additional golf course and full spa features. Please call or come into the Library to learn the title of this film: 765-743-2261. 

Nick's Picks on WBAA

Nick on WBAARIGHTFUL HERITAGE: FDR and the Land of America

As a former president, FDR is well known for navigating through the Great Depression and World War II, and helping the nation's people get back on their feet with the New Deal. But one of his most underrated features is the way he valued nature and conservation. From a childhood surrounded by wilderness to a determination to bring conservation to the forefront of the United Nations agenda, FDR loved the natural world and the wonders it held. Historian Douglas Brinkley brings this side of him to life in Rightful Heritage, and shows readers how human he really was. WL Library Director Nick Schenkel's review.

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Little Free Libraries and Book Drops

LFL Lincoln Park -small installation day 8 21 2015  


The West Lafayette Public Library is proud to announce the opening of a neighborhood Little Free Library and a walk-up library book return box in both Lommel Park and Lincoln Park (seen in the photo above) in West Lafayette.

Working with the West Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department, with funding from North Central Health Services (NCHS), the West Lafayette Library is expanding the network of library service points in West Lafayette.

The book drops and the little free libraries are now available for use in both parks.  Please use and enjoy these new West Lafayette Library services!  

Read more about the Library’s book drops and little free libraries here.