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Loan Periods

calendar iconCurrent bestsellers/new release books:
1 week

Other books: 3 weeks

Magazines: 3 weeks

DVDs: 1 week

Video games: 1 week

Launchpad tablets: 1 week

Audiobooks/Playaways: 3 weeks

Music CDs: 3 weeks

eBooks/eAudiobooks: 2 weeks (automatically returned unless renewed — renew within the Axis 360 app)


Items may be renewed one time if they are not on hold for another patron. To renew items, bring them to the library Circulation Desk, call 219-873-3062, or renew online at!/account/checkouts.

Please return materials to the library’s Circulation Desk or drop box. 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.


Loan Limits

man holding pile of books and DVDsYou 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 15 paperback books
  • Up to 10 magazine issues
  • Up to 5 DVDs
  • Up to 5 audiobooks or Playaways
  • Up to 10 music CDs
  • Up to 2 video games
  • 1 Launchpad tablet
  • Up to 5 eBooks
  • Up to 5 eAudiobooks
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

dollars and changeIf 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.

Lost library cards can be replaced at the Circulation Desk for a fee of $2.00.

Damaged Materials

If 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.

Other Fees

Reserving Materials/Placing a Hold: 50 cents

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 may print in the computer lab. Black and white prints are 15 cents per page; color prints are 30 cents per page. There is no charge for using the computer or scanner.

There are two public copy machines within the library, one in the lobby and one near the Reference area. Black and white copies may be made for 15 cents a page.


Faxing services are available at the Circulation Desk. 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.

ear budsItems Available for Purchase

Ear buds: $1.00 per set

Flash drives: $7.00 each

Michigan City Public Library-branded tote bags: $7.50 – $9.50

Friends of the Library Book Sale:

  • Magazines: $0.25
  • Hardcover books: $1.00
  • Softcover books: $0.75
  • Mass market paperbacks: $0.50
  • DVDs: $1.00
  • CDs: $0.50
  • Audio books: $1.00
  • All other items as priced
Credit/Debit Cards Accepted

The library accepts VISA, Mastercard, and Discover credit/debit cards for payments over $3.00.

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