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(219) 873-3042 | 100 E. 4th Street, Michigan City, IN 46360 | Open Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM, Friday-Saturday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Happy Independence Day! The library will be closed on Monday, July 4, for Independence Day.

On Tuesday, July 5, the library will begin a project to replace all the
overhead lighting in the building, changing them to LED fixtures. The library will remain open during all phases of the project but reserves the right to close, if necessary.


On Tuesday, July 5, 2022, the library will begin a project to replace all the overhead lighting in the building, changing them to LED fixtures. The new fixtures will feature automatic ambient lighting, centralized controls for turning on and off, and conservation of lighting in unoccupied public areas. A section above the front entrance will have specialized color lighting for seasonal themes. The expected completion date is September 16, 2022. The library will remain open during all phases of the project but reserves the right to close, if necessary.
During the project, areas under the work zone will be closed. The library will make every effort to minimize the closure time to its collections and services in any given area as work proceeds. The meeting rooms will be closed while work is done in them. Please see the library’s website and social media for updates.
This project is a continuation of the remodeling program that started in 2016. The new fixtures will be both energy efficient and aesthetically complimentary to the building while providing warmer lighting for users.

Under the sponsorship of the Michigan City Public Library and the LaPorte County CETA Special Projects program in the 1970’s, a collection of over 6000 historical photographs were copied onto 35mm slides. The informational booklet, Portable LaPorte County, was also compiled as part of the project. The slides are housed in the Reference Department and are available for viewing.

Historical Slide Search

Interested in images depicting or about a specific topic? Search for slides using the form below! Please note: the slide images are not yet available online. To view the images, please contact us at 219-873-3044 or


Other Sites with Historical Images

Digital Public Library of America

Michigan City Historical Society & Old Lighthouse Museum

Find historical photos of the old -lighthouse, pier lights, breakwater, and other Michigan City sites. The Michigan City Historical Society is located in the Old Lighthouse Museum, the oldest remaining lighthouse in Indiana. The collection is available for researchers and Michigan City Historical Society members by request. The museum is open for public tours from April through October, every day except Monday,  from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Central Time.

Digital Public Library of America

Digital Public Library of America

DPLA connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. Many items related to Michigan City, LaPorte County, and Indiana history are available in the collections. All of the materials found through DPLA—photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and so much more—are free and immediately available in digital format.

Indiana Historical Society


A place for people to share photos and stories, telling the histories of their local communities. Includes many of Michigan City Public Library’s historic images.

Indiana Historical Society

Indiana Historical Society

More than 70,000 digital images are available for research on the Indiana Historical Society website, with more added every week. The Preservation Imaging Lab scans materials covering a variety of subjects and formats. These digital images constitute only a small percentage of the more than 1.7 million photographs in the IHS collection.

Indiana Memory

Indiana Memory

A free digital library of Indiana’s unique cultural and historical heritage, including digitized books, manuscripts, photographs, newspapers, maps, and other media. Created through a collaboration of Indiana libraries, museums, and cultural organizations.
Digital Public Library of America

Library of Congress Digital Collections

More than five million historical images, books, exhibits and more from the Library of Congress.

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