Michigan City Public Library
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100 E. 4th Street, Michigan City, IN 46360, phone 219 - 873 - 3044 fax 219 - 873 - 3067



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Michigan City Public Library
Circulation Department
100 E. 4th Street
Michigan City, IN
219 - 873 - 3042
219 - 873 - 3062

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eBooks & eAudiobooks

Browse, check out, and download eBooks and eAudiobooks from Michigan City Public Library using the Axis 360 app! It's simple -- just download the app on your device, find our library, and log in using yuor library card number.

The collection includes popular fiction, non-fiction, and children's ebooks that you can download to your iOS/Android smartphone/tablet, Kindle Fire, or Windows PC. Patrons need a current Michigan City library card and PIN.

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Library Cards

You can get a free library card if you are:

  • A resident of the Michigan City Library District. The library district includes Michigan City, Trail Creek, Long Beach, Duneland Beach and Michiana Shores.

  • A non-resident who owns property within the Library District. You must bring a current tax receipt or other verification of the property when you apply, along with picture identification.

  • A resident of any Library District (and currently a member of your local library) that has a reciprocal borrowing agreement with the Michigan City Public Library. Call 219-873-3042 or check at the Circulation Desk to see if we have a reciprocal agreement with your home library.

To get your free card, you must show picture identification and proof of current address. (A driver's license or state ID with your current local address is the most common identification/proof of address). A parent or guardian must sign the card application for individuals under 16 years of age. Parents or guardians must show valid identification and possess a Michigan City Public Library card in good standing.

If you don't live in Indiana but want to become a borrower, you can obtain an out-of-state card for an annual fee. Call 219-873-3042 or check at the Circulation Desk for pricing.

If Michigan City Library is your home library and you wish to become a member at another Indiana library, you are eligible to purchase a Public Library Access Card (PLAC). This card entitles you to borrow materials from all of the 238 public libraries in Indiana. For price information and to purchase a PLAC card, inquire at the Circulation Department. You may also use your Michigan City Library card to obtain a free card from any of our reciprocal libraries, including LaPorte County Public Library.

Lost Library Cards

You should report a lost or stolen library card to the library immediately by calling 219-873-3042. You are responsible for items checked out on your card. You can get a replacement library ca rd at the Circulation Desk for a fee of $2.00.

Borrowing Materials

Borrowing Limits

You must be 18 or older to check out Adult Feature Films and DVDs.

New card applicants are allowed to borrow two items per visit until they receive their card in the mail.

You may borrow up to 30 items total, including:

  • Up to 5 non-fiction books per subject area
  • Up to 30 fiction books
  • Up to 10 magazine issues
  • Up to 15 paperback books
  • Up to 5 DVDs
  • Up to 5 audiobooks or Playaways
  • Up to 10 music CDs
  • Up to 3 eBooks/eAudiobooks
  • Up to 2 puppets

Loan Periods

Current bestsellers/new release fiction and non-fiction books: 1 week

All other books, magazines, audiobooks, Playaways, music CDs, and puppets: 3 weeks

eBooks and eAudiobooks: 2 weeks (eBooks and eAudiobooks automatically expire from your device at the end of the loan period--no late fees)

DVDs: 1 week


Overdue Fines

There is a 15 cent per day per item charge for overdue items.

For the first 90 days, the maximum fine for an overdue item will be 15 cents per day. After 90 days, an additional collection agency fee of $9.00 will be charged.

Lost Materials

If you lose an item, you will be charged the cost of replacing the item, any accumulated fines, and a processing fee ($5.00 for books, audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, and puppets; $2.00 for magazine issues). If you find and return a lost item in undamaged condition within 30 days, a refund for the cost of the item will be given. Processing fees and fines are non-refundable.

Damaged Materials

IIf you have damaged an item that is checked out on your card, you will be charged for the cost of the item, any accumulated fines and a processing fee ($5.00 for books, audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, and puppets; $2.00 for magazine issues). These fees represent the library's costs for repairing the damage done and purchasing and processing replacement items. Payment of these fees does not affect the ownership of the item. Library materials are not for sale and cannot be purchased, regardless of the condition of the material. The library reserves the right to dispose of damaged or discarded material appropriately.

Renew Materials

You may renew your materials online through your online account. You may also renew by phone at 219-873-3042 or 219-873-3062, or in person at the Circulation Desk. If another patron has placed an item on reserve, the item cannot be renewed.You may renew an item only once.

Reserve an Item/Place a Hold

If you are looking for an item that is checked out, you can place it on hold through the online catalog, by phone at 219-873-3042 or 219-873-3062, or in person at the Circulation Desk. When the item is returned, we will contact you and hold it for you at the Circulation Desk. Reserves will be held for 7 days from the time of notification. A fee of 50 cents will be charged for any item put on reserve. Patrons will be charged regardless of whether the reserve book is checked out or not.

Materials that are checked in and on shelf can be held for you at the Circulation Desk for up to 48 hours. Please call 219-873-3044 to have materials pulled for you. There is a limit of two items per patron for pulled materials.

Drop Box Locations

There are two 24-hour drop boxes located outside the library. A drive-up drop box is available in the parking lot. A walk-up drop box is available outside the main library entrance. All library materials except for interlibrary loans (materials borrowed from another library) may be returned in the drop box, including books, DVDs, and CDs.


The Circulation Department offers faxing services to library patrons.

To fax a document anywhere in North America, the fee is $3.00 for the first page and $1.00 for each additional page.

Patrons may have faxes sent to them through the library for a fee of $1.00 per page.

Our fax number is 219-873-3067.