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We’re building the future! The library is transforming the library’s interior by adding spaces for learning, collaborating, and experimenting; increasing our connectivity; providing private space for small groups; creating new spaces for research and study; increasing our public computing and technology resources; renewing our furniture, shelving, and carpeting; and more.

Highlights include:

  • A Makerspace for kids and teens where young people can tinker, design, craft, create, and explore
  • An expanded BabyTalk area with new activity tables, a puppet theatre, and early literacy stations, providing stimulation for growing minds
  • A larger teen area with meeting and lounge tables
  • Private and enclosed study rooms/meeting rooms for small groups, equipped with video/computing equipment, electrical outlets, and data drops
  • An enlarged public computer lab
  • New Indiana Room for genealogy and local history research
  • New furniture and tables with built-in electrical and USB outlets
  • New public service desks
  • Redesigned main entryway
  • New carpeting, shelving, and display spaces
Existing floorplan
Pre-renovation floorplan
New floorplan
New floorplan

Renovation Schedule

The renovation will take place over three phases between 2018-2020.

Phase 1, covering Youth Services, Audio-Visual, and Periodicals, is scheduled to being in February 2018 and conclude by August 2018.

Phase 2, covering the Reference Department, Computer Lab, and Indiana Room (Local History and Genealogy), is scheduled to take place in 2019.

Phase 3, covering the Circulation Department (front desk), lobby, technical services, and main entrance, will take place in 2020.

Find out more about the phases of construction here.

Cost & Funding

The renovation is expected to cost $1.6 million. The cost of the remodel is spread over three years and paid for with saved and existing resources. No bond issue or capital project funds will be expended.

Project Team

Architect: Product Architecture + Design
Construction Manager: Larson-Danielson Construction

Phase One of the Renovation is Now Complete!

 

Baby Talk Area And Puppet Theatre

Youth Services is Now Open!

Phase One of the Library Renovation Project is now complete! The Youth Services area is now open to the public. The transformed Youth area now features a Makerspace, an expanded BabyTalk area, a larger teen area, a new service desk, new furniture and tables with built-in electrical and USB outlets, new carpeting, and new shelving.

In the Makerspace, kids and teens can explore new technologies, create imaginative projects, and work with others. The Makerspace features a wide variety of equipment and technology for guided exploration and hands-on learning.

The BabyTalk area features new light and Lego activity tables, a puppet theatre, and new early literacy computer stations, providing stimulation for growing minds.

Phase Two of the library renovation project will take place in 2019.

New Shelving for Magazines, DVDs, CDs, Playaways, and Newspapers

 

Magazines
Magazines
Magazines
Magazines
Magazines
DVDs
DVDs
Playaways
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New Floorplan

Youth Services floorplan

Floorplan for redesigned Youth Services

Renovation Plan

Where? Youth Services, Audio-Visual Materials, and Periodicals

When? Construction began in March 2018 and concluded in August 2018. The Youth Services department re-opened following Labor Day weekend.

What’s happening? Remodeling included:

  • The creation of a Makerspace for kids and teens
  • An expanded BabyTalk area with a puppet theatre, activity tables, new furniture, and new AWE stations
  • An expanded Teen area with meeting and lounge tables, new colorful seating, and new shelving
  • New lobby furniture
  • Electrical and data drops
  • New carpeting in Youth Services and the east lobby
  • New shelving for periodicals and newspapers
  • New AV shelving
Youth Area Flooring Plan
Youth Area Flooring Plan

by Product Architecture + Design

Aerial View Of BabyTalk Area

by Product Architecture + Design

Activity Table
Babytalk Area Seating
Aerial View Of Makerspace

by Product Architecture + Design

Aerial View Of Makerspace

by Product Architecture + Design

Teen Area Seating
Periodicals Shelving
Youth Area Flooring PlanAerial View Of BabyTalk AreaActivity TableBabytalk Area SeatingAerial View Of MakerspaceAerial View Of MakerspaceTeen Area SeatingPeriodicals Shelving

Phase 2

Where? The Reference Department, Computer Lab, and Indiana Room (Local History and Genealogy)

When? Construction is scheduled to take place in 2019.

What’s happening? Remodeling will include:

  • The creation of a private small conference/study room for groups up to 10 people, equipped with video equipment, electrical outlets, and data drops
  • The creation of five private and enclosed study rooms for groups up to four people, equipped with video equipment, electrical outlets, and data drops.
  • New and expanded public computer lab
  • New Reference public service desk
  • New Indiana Room (local history, genealogy, and microfilm center)
  • New lounge seating and tables with data and electrical drops
  • New shelving/end panels
  • Consolidated main stacks of collections

Phase 3

Where? The Circulation Desk (front desk), Front Lobby, Main Entrance, and Technical Services

When? Construction is scheduled to occur in 2020.

What’s happening? Remodeling will include:

  • A new Circulation public service counter
  • New shelving for new materials and the re-sale area
  • New lounge seating and tables with data and electrical drops
  • A redesigned main entry
  • New carpeting
  • Reconfigured staff areas

The library will remain open during construction construction(with the possible exception of work on the main entrance in 2020), but some areas will be closed and inaccessible as construction occurs.


Youth Services Renovation Complete

September 4, 2018 – The Youth Services renovation is complete! The Youth Services area and children/teen materials are now available.

Youth Collections Unavailable During Week Beginning Monday, August 27

August 23, 2018 – The Youth Services renovation is almost complete! Opening day is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 4.

The Youth Services area will remain off-limits as materials are being moved. Beginning on Monday, August 27, all Youth Services collections, including books and AV materials, will be unavailable to the public. Areas of the adult stacks/shelves may be closed.

Thank you for your patience as we complete the transformation of the Youth Services area.

Youth Services Renovation Schedule Update

close-up view of carpet in Youth Services area

The Youth Services renovation is expected to be completed by Labor Day. The section will remain closed until after the Labor Day holiday. Children’s and teen materials will remain available in the center and north ends of the library until construction is complete.

Library Opening at Noon Tuesday, May 8 & Wednesday, May 9

Due to construction, the library will open at noon on Tuesday, May 8 & Wednesday, May 9. The Wednesday morning Story Time on May 9 is canceled.

Youth Services Construction Begins April 25

Our renovation project is moving forward! Construction will begin in the Youth Services area on Wednesday, April 25. For safety reasons, the construction zone will be strictly off limits. The Youth Services materials have been relocated to the center and north end of the library. We will make every effort to keep noise to a minimum, but some additional noise is expected during construction. We appreciate your patience and understanding. The Youth Services renovation is expected to be completed by July 31.

 

Youth Services and Adult Stacks Update

March 28, 2018 – A section of the Youth Services area is open again and includes the computers, puzzles, and seating. Most of the children’s and teen materials have been relocated to the areas around the adult stacks, next to the courtyard (in the former magazine area) and the north wall. Please ask us if you need any help locating materials! The adult fiction and non-fiction stacks are now open, along with the microfilm area. Thank you again for your understanding during construction.

Adult Stacks (Fiction & Non-Fiction Shelves) Update

March, 26, 2018 – The adult fiction and nonfiction shelving is being shifted over to make room for future seating and meeting space. Beginning Monday, March 26 and continuing through Friday, March 30, portions of the adult fiction and non-fiction shelves/stacks will be inaccessible. There will also be some additional noise as shelves are disassembled and moved.

Youth Services Construction Update

March 20, 2018 – The juvenile audiobooks and Playaways have been relocated temporarily to the end of the adult audiobook area. They will be there for the duration of construction in the Youth Services area.

AV, Magazines, and Newspaper Area Construction Update

March 1, 2018 – The new shelving for A/V, magazines, and newspapers is complete. Audiobooks have been relocated to the DVD and music CD area. Magazines are now located in display boxes along the west wall of the library. All A/V materials have been reshelved in their permanent location.

“Michigan City Public Library Announces Remodel Plans”, WIMS Radio, January 16, 2018

“$1.6 Million Renovation Planned for MC Library”, Michigan City News-Dispatch, January 20, 2018

“Michigan City Public Library Expanding”WSBT, January 22, 2018

“Preparing Kids for the Future”, Michigan City News-Dispatch, September 26, 2018

 

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