If you have any questions for our Reference Department staff they may be contacted at:
Michigan City Public Library
Are you looking for information or research materials? Contact us with any questions or try the resources below:
Books and Reading
Looking for a good book? Try the resources listed on our books and reading page!
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. Microsoft Office is also available on the Internet computers. Please sign up for a computer at the kiosk near the Reference Desk. You do not need to have a library card to use the computers.
Patrons may print from any of the library's computers. Prints cost $0.15 a page for black and white prints, and $0.30 a page for color prints. Scanners are available for use at any library computer. Please ask for scanning assistance at the Reference Desk. There is no charge for the use of library computers or scanners.
Earbuds are available for purchase from the Reference Desk for $1.00. Patrons are also welcome to bring their own earbuds/headphones. Flash drives are available for purchase for $7.00, or patrons may bring their own.
The library offers free Wi-Fi for use within the building. Ask for the Wi-Fi password at any service desk.
The library offers free materials-by-mail service to the HomeBound. We send materialsl to our patrons who are temporarily or permanently unable to visit the library due to physical disability or incapacitation.
Call 219-873-3044 for more information. We can also mail HomeBound and Library Card applications directly to you, or the applications are available at the library. Once we receive your application, we will set up an account for you and begin sending you two items at a time through the mail.
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. Books are due in two months. Audio-visual materials are 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, just turn over the return address card in the nylon bag, and place the bag 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:
The Reference Department offers free assistance with writing a resume or completing online job applications by appointment only. We will work with you one-on-one to create a resume or fill out online applications. Please call 219-873-3044 or visit the library to schedule an appointment. Find more job searching resources on our career page.
The Reference Department proctors exams for area students for free by appointment. Please contact 219-873-3044 for more information or to schedule an appointment.