If you have any questions for our Reference Department staff they may be contacted at:
Michigan City Public Library
100 E. 4th Street
Michigan City, IN 46360
Research Help & Questions
Are you looking for information or research materials? Contact us with any questions or try the resources below:
Find Articles & More in Library Databases
Business & Investing
Government & Taxes
Legal Information & Forms
Books and Reading
Looking for a good book? Try the resources listed on our books and reading page!
Computers & Wi-Fi
The library has 14 Internet computers that are on a first-come, first-served basis, an express computer that is available for 10 minute sessions, a genealogy database computer, and 3 word processing computers that offer Microsoft Word 2007, Microsoft Office Excel 2007, Microsoft Office Publisher 2007, and Resume Builder. The library also offers free Wi-Fi for use within the building.
Computer Use Policy
The Michigan City Public Library endeavors to provide materials not owned by our library through the Interlibrary Loan service.
The service is offered only to Michigan City Public Library cardholders. Patrons with a current, non-delinquent library card are welcome to place an Interlibrary Loan request. Those who have an expired card or delinquency will not be able to place a request until all matters are cleared with the Circulation Department.
Patrons may have two active book requests and three magazine article requests at any one time.
Music CDs, books on CD and cassette, and non-fiction DVDs that are not considered new material by the library are also able to be requested.
The charge is .50 for each item, which must be paid when picking up Interlibrary Loan items from the Reference Department. If you decide to cancel your request that has already gone through the processing stages, or if you do not pick up your your item(s), your library account will be charged .50 per item.
Requests for renewals must be made at least 4 days before the item(s) is due back.
Interlibrary Loan patrons are responsible for lost, damaged and late item(s).
Items that are not picked up at the Reference Department 3 days before the due date will be returned to the lending library.
The Michigan City Public Library would like you to be aware of our free service to the HomeBound. Through the Reference Department, the Michigan City Public Library will send material to our patrons who are temporarily or permanently unable to visit the library due to physical disability or incapacitation.
Delivery and return is by U.S. mail and the library pays the postage both ways. Large print books, audio-cassettes, audio-CDs, music and non-fiction DVDs are particularly popular for those with visual impairments.
HomeBound Applications as well as Library Card Applications are available at the library and can be mailed directly to you. Once the information is completed, the application(s) should be sent back to the library, so that we can set up a HomeBound Account for you and begin sending two items at a time through the mail. The books are due in two months, other material is due in one month. Late fees are .15 cents per day per item. A due date receipt will be enclosed with each package.
When the books are ready to be returned, the return address card is to be turned over on the green or blue nylon bag in which they arrived and can be placed in your residential postal box.
The HomeBound service has been part of our library for many years and we strive to make it a positive and enriching experience for our patrons.
The Talking Books program is available through the Indiana State Library and the Lake County Public Library in Merrillville, IN. The Reference Department at the Michigan City Public Library has information and applications for this program. You may also contact:
140 N. Senate Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46204
The Reference Department offers free resume composition assistance by appointment only. One-on-one instruction will consist of creating a resume with resume building software such as Resume Builder and Microsoft Word and completing online job applications. You may call 219-873-3044 or visit the library to schedule an appointment with the Reference Department.
The Reference Department proctors exams for area students for free by appointment. Please contact 219-873-3044 for more information.