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The library is open while under construction. The front entry is closed. A temporary public entrance is available through the east-side doors, located near the drive-up book drop. Find out more about the renovation project...

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Phase 3 of Library Renovation

Phase 3 of Library Renovation

Phase 3 of the library’s remodeling began Monday, March 1, 2021 and is expected to conclude by mid-June, 2021 (the completion date is subject to change).  This project includes the following improvements:

  1. New front entrance and vestibule, both with nighttime lighting
  2. New canopy, with lighting, over the front entrance
  3. New Circulation Desk and Circulation staff offices
  4. New shelving and seating for the front lobby
  5. Carpeting, electrical, security and data updates

During this phase, the following temporary arrangements are in place:

  • The front plaza is fenced off and closed to the public
  • The front entrance and inside lobby area are closed
  • The public can access the building through the east-side doors, located near the drive-up book drop
  • Please park in the northern portion of the parking lot, where it is more convenient to access the library
  • Patrons will be directed through the Meeting Room and into the main library where a temporary Circulation Desk is set up
  • As many as possible of the regular services now available at the Circulation Desk will be available
  • The public bathrooms are open
  • New materials are located in the north lobby area, between the courtyard and main collection, opposite the temporary Circulation Desk
  • All other current services and departments are available and open, but COVID-19 restrictions remain in place and will be enforced

The library will make every effort to remain open during this project but reserves the right to close the building, if needed.  Thank you for your patience. Find out more…

Women's History Month

Now Hiring: Administrative Assistant

Job Opening: Administrative Assistant. Reports to Director.  Full time with benefits.  Job functions include:  office organization, purchasing, inventory, recording secretary for board meetings, file maintenance and correspondence.

Qualifications:  Experience with above functions, associate degree in business, human resources or related, or commensurate experience.

Preferred experience:  Microsoft 365, especially Excel & Word.

Apply to:  Don Glossinger, MCPL, 100 E. 4th Street, Michigan City, IN

COVID-19 Vaccination Registration

COVID-19 Vaccination Registration

Hoosiers age 50 and older are now eligible to schedule an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccination, as are long-term care residents, first responders (firefighters, police officers and sheriff’s deputies, emergency medical services, reservists and correctional officers) who are regularly called to the scene of an emergency to give medical aid, and healthcare workers who have in-person contact with patients or infectious material in any healthcare setting.

If you qualify, click here to schedule your appointment or call 2-1-1 to schedule by phone.

Tax Updates

Tax Updates

Tax forms: Unfortunately, the State of Indiana is not supplying print tax forms or booklets to libraries this year. You can call 317-615-2581 to request that state tax forms be mailed to you. Please leave a message on the voicemail. State tax forms can also be photocopied from our reference binder or downloaded at https://www.in.gov/dor/tax-forms/ . Prints and copies made at the library are $0.15 per page. A state tax form binder for photocopying is available at the Reference Desk, and all Internet computers have bookmarks to the state tax forms. Computer sessions are limited to one hour per day.

1040 form booklets and instruction booklets are available at the library. Additional federal tax forms may be downloaded from https://www.irs.gov/forms-instructions or ordered by phone at 1-800-829-3676.

VITA Tax Assistance Program: The library will be hosting the VITA tax assistance program later in the tax season. IRS-certified volunteers will provide free basic income tax return preparation for those who qualify. If you are interested, please call Robin at 219-873-3049 and leave your name and phone number on her voicemail. She will contact you when the program begins.

FreeFile: File your taxes online for free with IRS FreeFile! Go to irs.gov/filing/free-file-do-your-federal-taxes-for-free to use free tax preparation software (for those with incomes below $72,000). Please note: computer sessions at the library are limited to one hour per person per day.

Face Covering Mandates

Face Covering Mandates

The LaPorte County Health Department has issued a public health order mandating face coverings in public areas:

A. Face Covering Mandate

Every individual must properly wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when they are at:
1. an indoor area open to the public, including public transportation;
2. an outdoor public area where a distance of 6 feet from individuals outside of their household cannot be maintained; or
3. a private indoor or outdoor area where a distance of 6 feet from individuals outside their household cannot be maintained.

Please click here to see the full Public Health Order. Copies are also available at every service desk in the library.

In addition, Governor Holcomb has issued an executive order requiring Hoosiers to wear a face covering in most public spaces. Read the executive order here. 

Disposable masks are for sale for $1.00 at the library Circulation desk and Reference desk.

Newspapers.com Now Available!

Newspapers.com Now Available!

We’re excited to announce that we now offer Newspapers .com World Collection! This online resource contains historical newspapers from the 1700s – 2000s, including thousands of well-known regional, state, and small local newspapers in the United States and other countries. Go to https://newspaperslibrary.proquest.com/barcode?accountid=57831 and log in with your library card number. Don’t have a library card? Sign up now to get an eCard.

Fold3 Military Records Database Now Available

Fold3 Military Records Database Now Available

Fold3, a military records database powered by Ancestry.com, is now available. It provides convenient access to military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

The records at Fold3 help you discover and share stories about these everyday heroes, forgotten soldiers, and the families that supported them. On Fold3, you can combine records found on the site with what you have in your own albums and shoeboxes to create an online memorial for someone who served.

To try it now, go to https://fold3library.proquest.com/barcode?accountid=57831 and log in with your library card number. Don’t have a library card? Sign up now to get an eCard.

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Find links to local employers and job search websites, get help with your resume, file for unemployment, and develop work skills.

Free Tutoring at the Learning Center

Free Tutoring at the Learning Center

The Learning Center offers free tutoring for children and adults in reading, math, basic skills, GED preparation, the English language, and college support.

Find Articles & Databases

Find Articles & Databases

Discover peer-reviewed journal articles, educational sites for kids, legal resources, study guides, and more.

Free Services for Teachers

Free Services for Teachers

Michigan City Public Library is here to help teachers! We coordinate with you to bring library services and materials to your students. Get access to eBooks and eAudiobooks, library tours, STEAM programs, databases, and more.

Connect with the Past

Obituary Index

Obituary Index

Index of obituaries that appeared in the Michigan City News Dispatch and earlier Michigan City newspapers. Covers 1887-present.

Michigan City History

Michigan City History

Learn about the history of Michigan City and find local history resources, including images, books, audio recordings, and more.

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  • Your income is low for a family the size of yours.
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  • Your legal problem isn’t related to a criminal charge.
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