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.
- 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
The renovation will take place over three phases between 2018-2021.
Phase 1, covering Youth Services, Audio-Visual, and Periodicals, was conducted from February-August 2018.
Phase 2, covering the Reference Department, Computer Lab, and Indiana Room (Local History and Genealogy), was conducted from September 2019-February 2020.
Phase 3, covering the Circulation Department (front desk), lobby, technical services, and main entrance, will take place in 2021.
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.
Product Architecture + Design
Phase One of the Renovation is Now Complete!
New Shelving for Magazines, DVDs, CDs, Playaways, and Newspapers
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
Phase Two of the library renovation project began September 3, 2019. This phase included the creation of small group study rooms, a small conference room, an expanded public computer lab with new equipment, a renovated Indiana Room, a refreshed Learning Center, new lounge seating and tables with data and electrical drops, new end panels, and new carpeting.
The Reference area, computer lab, Indiana Room, and Learning Center opened on Monday, February 10. The small group study rooms and conference room opened on Monday, February 17. New end caps were installed throughout the main stacks in August 2020.
Where? The Circulation Desk (front desk), Front Lobby, Main Entrance, and Technical Services
When? Construction is scheduled to occur in 2021.
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
End Caps Installed
August 2020 – New end caps have been installed throughout the adult fiction and non-fiction stacks, as part of Phase 2 of our renovation project:
Small Group Study Rooms to Open on Monday, February 17
February 12, 2020 – Our study rooms will open this Monday, February 17! Please sign up at the Reference Desk to use a room. There is a two-hour limit per day (10 hours per week). We are not taking advance reservations at this time. See all study room-related policies at https://www.mclib.org/
Reference Area, Computer Lab, Indiana Room, and Learning Center Re-Open as Renovation Enters Final Stages
February 8, 2020 – Phase 2 of the library renovation project is nearly complete! The Reference area, computer lab, Indiana Room, and Learning Center will open on Monday, February 10. The small group study rooms and conference room will open following set-up, within the next two weeks.
Reference Desk and Computer Lab Relocated to East Lobby/Paperback Area
December 20, 2019 – We’re preparing for carpet installation in the Meeting Room. The Reference Desk and temporary computer lab are now located outside of the Meeting Room doors, in the east lobby/paperback area.
Tutoring Program (The Learning Center) Temporarily on Hold
November 25, 2019 – The library’s tutoring program is temporarily on hold due to construction in the Learning Center area. The tutoring service will return in early 2020. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Library Meeting Room Unavailable for Reservation in December
November 21, 2019 – Due to construction, the meeting room is unavailable for reservation. It will reopen in early 2020.
Adult and AV Stacks Are Now Open
October 7, 2019 – The carpeting has been completed in the adult stacks and AV areas. The adult fiction, non-fiction, audio/video, and newspaper areas are now open! Phase 2 of the library renovation project continues in the Reference area. There will continue to be no access to the Indiana Room and Genealogy. A temporary computer lab and Reference help is available in the meeting room during construction.
Adult Fiction, Non-Fiction, and AV to Open Ahead of Schedule
October 1, 2019 – GOOD NEWS! Renovation progress is moving along ahead of schedule. We will now open the stacks one week earlier than planned on Monday, October 7. This means adult fiction, non-fiction, and audio-visual materials will be available. There will continue to be NO access to the Indiana Room and Genealogy, as construction continues in the Reference Area. (Space permitting we may be able to provide access to a few magazine titles.)
Carpet Installation in Front Lobby Complete
September 21, 2019 – The carpet installation in the front lobby is complete. Thank you to everyone for your patience!
Library Closed Thursday & Friday, Sept. 19 & 20, for Renovation
Michigan City Public Library will be closed on Thursday and Friday, September 19 and 20, for carpet installation in the front lobby. We apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you for your patience as our renovation moves forward.
You can download or stream eBooks or eAudiobooks from the library’s digital library at https://mclib.axis360.baker-taylor.com/ or through the free Axis 360 app (available in the Apple App Store, Google Play, or Amazon App Store). Online journal articles, magazine articles, and reference materials are available 24/7 through our databases at https://www.mclib.org/books-movies-more/articles-databases/.
Library Closed on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 9 & 10, for Renovation
September 3, 2019 – The second phase of renovation has begun. The library will be closed on Monday, Sept. 9, and Tuesday, Sept. 10, for work in the front lobby and entryway.
The reference desk and computer lab have been relocated temporarily to the Meeting Room. Adult fiction, non-fiction, reference, AV, and Indiana Room stacks are closed. The Youth Services area is open, and patrons of all ages are welcome to use the lounge furniture and tables in that area. Some new adult fiction/nonfiction books are available in Youth Services.Thank you for your patience and understanding!
Phase 2 of Library Renovation Begins Fall 2019
Phase 2 of the library renovation project begins September 3! This phase will include the creation of small group study rooms, a small conference room, an expanded public computer lab with new equipment, a renovated Indiana Room, a refreshed Learning Center, new lounge seating and tables with data and electrical drops, new end panels, and new carpeting.
During construction, many services for adults will be limited. From September 3 through mid-October, adult audio-visual materials (DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, and Playaways), fiction, non-fiction, magazines, and reference materials will not be available. All items checked out before September 3 will have a due date of October 14.
You can continue to check out eBooks and eAudiobooks through our free Axis 360 service at https://mclib.axis360.baker-taylor.com/ or through the Axis 360 app on your mobile device.
The reference desk and a limited number of computer stations will be relocated temporarily to the Meeting Room.
Tutoring/literacy, interlibrary loan, Homebound Services, proctoring, and the resume/job application program will be temporarily unavailable during the first stage of construction. Some services may return as construction progresses. Please check back for more details.
The library building may close for a short period of time while carpeting is completed in the front lobby. Please consult the library’s website/social media for closure information.
The Indiana Room, microfilm, and genealogy/local history collections will be unavailable until construction is concluded. Our genealogy databases will be available via library Wi-Fi. Please feel free to explore our online resources for genealogy/local history at https://www.mclib.org/explore-topics/genealogy/ and https://www.mclib.org/explore-topics/local-history/
We thank you for your patience and understanding!
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
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
“Good Bones” by William Halliar, The Beacher, February 27, 2020