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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 Architect:

Product Architecture + Design

Phase One of the Renovation is Now Complete!

 

Grand Opening drawing featured on the Makerspace whiteboard. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Dan Pohrte (Owner, Product Architecture + Design), Andrew Smith (Assistant Director, Michigan City Public Library), Don Montgomery (Board of Trustees, Michigan City Public Library), and Scott Fairbanks (President, Library Furniture International) at the Youth Services Grand Opening Celebration. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Cookies adorned with MCPL-related decorations served at the Youth Services Grand Opening Celebration. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics

Students work on a paper circuits project in the Makerspace, assisted by Jonathan Lovett of the Youth Services department. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Students work on a paper circuits project in the Makerspace, assisted by Jonathan Lovett of the Youth Services department. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Dremel Digilab 3D printer in Makerspace. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Students work on a paper circuits project in the Makerspace, assisted by Dave Fink of the Youth Services department. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Students work on a paper circuits project in the Makerspace, assisted by Dave Fink of the Youth Services department. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Cynthia Hedge, Mike Wilkerson (Board of Trustees, Michigan City Public Library), Laura Wilkerson, and Robin Kohn (Public Relations, Michigan City Public Library) at the Youth Services Grand Opening Celebration. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Scott Fairbanks (President, Library Furniture International), Andrew Smith (Assistant Director, Michigan City Public Lbirary), Don Glossinger (Director, Michigan City Public Library), Dan Pohrte (Owner, Product Architecture + Design), Tiffany Nash (Owner/Lead Architect, Product Architecture + Design), and Jim Lonergan (Architect, Product Architecture + Design) at the Youth Services Grand Opening Celebration. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Don Montgomery (Board of Trustees, Michigan City Public Library), Lori Richardson (Youth Services Department Head, Michigan City Public Library) laugh while Joan Mokrycki and friend check out information about the renovation. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Young boy plays with blocks at the new Lego table in the Youth Services area. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Children gather around the new light table in the Youth Services area. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Michigan City library employees Pat Kemiel (Youth Services), Robin Kohn (Public Relations), and Marina Santos (Youth Services) at the Youth Services Grand Opening Celebration. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

3D-printed keychains feature the library and the Michigan City wolf mascot. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

A young boy uses the new AWE early literacy station. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Jim Lonergan (Product Architecture + Design), Scott Fairbanks (Library Furniture International), Stephanie, Andrew Smith (Michigan City Public Library), and Tiffany Nash (Product Architecture + Design) admire the new furniture in the BabyTalk area. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Children play with shapes on the new light table. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Attendees at the Youth Services Grand Opening Celebration. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Adult and young girl at the Youth Services Grand Opening Celebration. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Woman and young boy working on a project at the Youth Services Grant Opening Celebration. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Students work on a project in the Makerspace at the grand opening celebration. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Pat Boy, Esther Guncheon, and Joan Mokrycki at the Youth Services Grand Opening Celebration. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Marina Santos (Youth Services) answers a question at the new Youth Services desk. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Dave Fink (Youth Services) demonstrates the 3D printer to a student. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Dave Fink (Youth Services) demonstrates the 3D printer to a student. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Attendees at the Youth Services Grand Opening Celebration. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Children color at the Youth Services Grand Opening Celebration. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Dave Fink, Jonathan Lovett, and two students demonstrate their cardboard engineering creations. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

People play with puppets in the new puppet theatre at the Youth Services Grand Opening Celebration. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

A boy and girl build a tower on the light table. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Jonathan Lovett and Lori Richardson speak to attendees at the Youth Services Grand Opening Celebration. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Dan Pohrte, Tiffany Nash (Product Architecture + Design), Don Glossinger (Michigan City Public Library), and Jim Lonergan (Product Architecture + Design) gathered around AV materials in the Youth Services area. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

A student demonstrates her completed paper circuit project at the Grand Opening Celebration. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Cardboard pulley machines. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Dave Fink (Youth Services) helps a student with a project in the Makerspace. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Attendees at the Youth Services Grand Opening Celebration. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Children use the AWE early literacy stations. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

A young student examines a cardboard pulley. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

An adult and child work on a project together at the Grand Opening Celebration. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Attendees at the Youth Services Grand Opening Celebration. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Members of the Product Architecture + Design project team at the Youth Services Grand Opening Celebration. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Don Montgomery (Board of Trustees, Michigan City Public Library) and Tiffany Nash (Principal/Architect, Product Architecture + Design) prepare to cut the ceremonial ribbon at the grand opening celebration. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Director Don Glossinger speaks at the Youth Services Grand Opening Celebration. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Director Don Glossinger speaks at the Youth Services Grand Opening Celebration. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Attendees at the Youth Services Grand Opening Celebration. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Attendees at the Youth Services Grand Opening Celebration. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Children use the AWE early literacy stations. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

An adult and child read a book together at the Youth Services Grand Opening Celebration. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Two students show Dave Fink of Youth Services a cardboard pulley creation. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Dan Pohrte, Product Architecture + Design, speaks at the Youth Services Grand Opening Celebration. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Lori Richardson (Youth Services Department Head) looks at the Dream...Make...Tinker mural at the Makerspace entrance. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Scott Fairbanks (Library Furniture International), Dan Pohrte (Product Architecture + Design), Don Montgomery (Board of Trustees, Michigan City Public Library) and wife Cindy pose by the AV materials at the Youth Services Grand Opening Celebration. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Pat Kemiel (Youth Services, Michigan City Public Library) and Hannah Hammond-Hagman (Lubeznik Center for the Arts) at the Youth Services Grand Opening Celebration. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Cookies adorned with library-related decorations at the Youth Services Grand Opening Celebration. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Tiffany Nash, architect, and celebration attendees enjoy refreshments at the Grand Opening. Photo by: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Baby Talk Area And Puppet Theatre
Baby Talk Area And Puppet Theatre
Youth Services Desk And Makerspace
Center Of Youth Services Section
Dream, Make, Tinker Mural
Light Table
Children's Computers, Light Table, And BabyTalk Area
Youth Services Looking North
Youth Services Looking West
Youth Services Stacks
Youth Services Entrance
Makerspace
Youth Services Area, Looking East
Youth Services Desk And Makerspace
Youth Services
Picture Books
Youth Services Children's Computers And BabyTalk Area
Lego And Light Tables
Youth Services Tables
Youth Services DVDs
Baby Talk Area And Puppet TheatreYouth Services Desk And MakerspaceCenter Of Youth Services SectionDream, Make, Tinker MuralLight TableChildren's Computers, Light Table, And BabyTalk AreaYouth Services Looking NorthYouth Services Looking WestYouth Services StacksYouth Services EntranceMakerspaceYouth Services Area, Looking EastYouth Services Desk And MakerspaceYouth ServicesPicture BooksYouth Services Children's Computers And BabyTalk AreaLego And Light TablesYouth Services TablesYouth Services DVDs

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
Renovation Stacks
Renovation Stacks

New end panels, seating, and carpeting

Study Rooms

New small group study rooms/meeting rooms

Study Rooms And Seating

New seating and study rooms

Computer Lab

New and expanded computer lab

Bulletin Board

New announcement video screen and bulletin board area

Indiana Room

Indiana Room

Reference Desk

New reference desk, seating, and carpeting

Renovation StacksStudy RoomsStudy Rooms And SeatingComputer LabBulletin BoardIndiana RoomReference Desk

Construction Details

Phase Two of the library renovation project began September 3.

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.

UPDATE: Carpet replacement in the main adult stacks and AV areas is complete. The adult fiction, non-fiction, and audio/video sections are now open.

The reference desk and a limited number of computer stations have been relocated temporarily to the Meeting Room.

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 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!

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 exception of work on the main entrance), but some areas will be closed and inaccessible as construction occurs.


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!

new carpet in front lobby

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

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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