Construction FAQs

The La Porte County Public Library is renovating and improving the Main Library building located at 904 Indiana Ave. This is the beginning of the construction phase of our system-wide building project that includes all library locations throughout the county. The renovations include improvement or replacement of the HVAC, lighting, and electrical systems. Other work will improve the general accessibility of the building in regard to current federal and state ADA guidelines. These renovations will ensure the library is better equipped to serve the community for years to come. At the completion of the building project all library locations will offer:

  • Additional community meeting and gathering spaces
  • Enhanced technology and Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Improved service and access to information and spaces.

The remodeling project at the Main Library is extensive and will involve the entire building. Keeping the staff and public safe is a top priority, and safety would be compromised if the library remains open during renovation. The building will need to be closed for approximately 8-9 months beginning on May 13, 2016 through February of 2017. The last day of operations at 904 Indiana Avenue will be May 12, 2016.
Library services will be available to our customers at a temporary location at 1020 Lincolnway beginning June 1, 2016. At that location the library will offer a browsing collection of new and popular books, magazines, newspapers and DVDs. There will also be public internet computers, Wi-Fi access, copier, fax, and notary services available. Customers can also request materials from any library location to be picked up at the temporary location.

Meeting and study rooms will not be available at the Main location for the duration of the project. Our Union Mills branch, located just 10 miles south, 3727 West 800 South, Union Mills has a meeting room that can accommodate up to 30 people. You can book that room on our website laportelibrary.org or by calling 767-2604. As we complete construction projects, you can look for meeting rooms to open at Coolspring, Fish Lake, Hanna and Rolling Prairie.

Consider having your meeting at your local place of worship or the VFW. For a low cost, you can rent a conference room at Open Door Coworking or rent a classroom, library or gym from La Porte Community School Corporation.

The Library will continue to offer classes, events and activities. These will be held at alternate locations. The annual Summer Learning Adventure Pack- a-Sacks will be held at 11:00am on the front lawn of the La Porte Civic Auditorium at 1001 Ridge Street beginning June 6. Thursday and Friday storytimes will take place at 10:00am in the community room at the Carriage House Apartments at 1700 Andrew Avenue in June and July. Our Page Turners Book Club will meet in the Ladies Parlor at the United Methodist Church at 1225 Michigan Avenue. Details on all of our summer classes and events can be found at laportelibrary.org.

The community will be notified on social media and on the library’s website when the renovated branches are reopening. We plan to have reopening celebrations at each of the library locations as the work is completed.

If you have additional questions, please call the library at 219-362-6156 or go to the library’s website laportelibrary.org and check the construction FAQs under the library info tab.

Frequently Asked Construction Questions

Here are some answers to the questions we have been receiving about the construction project.

What's going on?

LPCPL is in the midst of constructing, renovating and improving all locations of the library. The Main Library, Kingsford Heights Branch, and Union Mills Branch will all be renovated and improved. Coolspring Branch, Rolling Prairie Branch, Fish Lake Branch, Hanna Branch will all get new facilities.

When does the work begin?

The work will begin this summer. All locations will be undergoing some type of construction or renovation beginning in June of 2016.

Will my library location be open during the work?

The remodeling project at the Main Library is extensive and will involve the entire building. Keeping the staff and public safe is a top priority, and safety would be compromised if the library remained open during renovation. The building will need to be closed for approximately 8-9 months beginning on May 13, 2016 through February of 2017. The last day of operations at 904 Indiana Avenue will be May 12, 2016.

Library services will be available to our customers at a temporary location at 1020 Lincolnway beginning May 23, 2016. At that location the library will offer a browsing collection of new and popular books, magazines, newspapers and DVDs. There will also be public internet computers, Wi-Fi access, copier, fax, and notary services available. Customers can also request materials from any library location to be picked up at the temporary location.

Branch library locations getting new facilities will remain open during the construction up until it is time to move into the new building. These locations will offer extended hours to the community while the Main Library is closed.

The branch libraries that are being remodeled will remain open until it is time for new shelving and carpeting to be installed. These locations will also offer extended hours for our customers while the Main Library is closed.

Here is a list of the extended hours at branch locations.

How long will the renovations/construction take?

Right now we expect all projects to be completed in approximately 8-9 months. Some of the projects will only take a few weeks while others will take months. The timeline is subject to change based on weather conditions and other factors.

What branch should I go to while my home branch is closed?

You may use your library card at any open location of the library system. Here is a list of the extended hours at open branch locations.

You may also use your card on the Mobile Library. The Mobile Library will have expanded community stops throughout the library’s service district during construction. Here is a list of the community stops.

How do I place holds while my home branch is closed?

You’ll place holds the same way as before via the online catalog or with assistance from a staff person. During closed times at your usual library location you’ll need to choose an alternate location to pick-up your items.

Where can I find a meeting room?

Meeting and study rooms will not be available at the Main location for the duration of the project. Our Union Mills branch, located just 10 miles south, 3727 West 800 South, Union Mills has a meeting room that can accommodate up to 30 people. You can book that room on our website laportelibrary.org or by calling 767-2604. As we complete construction projects, you can look for meeting rooms to open at Coolspring, Fish Lake, Hanna and Rolling Prairie.

Consider having your meeting at your local place of worship, the La Porte Municipal Airport, the Michigan City Municipal Airport, or the VFW. For a low cost you can rent a conference room at Open Door Coworking or rent a classroom, library or gym from La Porte Community School Corporation.

Will the Main Library still offer programs and events?

The Library will continue to offer classes, events and activities. These will be held at alternate locations. The annual Summer Learning Adventure Pack- a-Sacks will be held at 11:00am on the front lawn of the La Porte Civic Auditorium beginning June 6, 2016. Thursday and Friday storytimes will take place at 10:00am in the community room at the Carriage House Apartments at 1700 Andrew Avenue in June and July. Our Page Turners Book Club will meet in the Ladies Parlor at the United Methodist Church at 1225 Michigan Avenue. Details on all of our classes and events can be found at laportelibrary.org.

How will I know when my library location is reopening?

You will be notified via social media and on the library’s website when locations are reopening. We plan to have reopening/grand opening celebrations at each location.

Will the book drops still be open at the closed branches?

No. You’ll need to return your items to another open branch during renovations or at a Mobile Library stop.

What will happen to the staff?

All staff are being reassigned to other LPCPL branches during the time a particular location is closed.

What will happen to the collection?

Collections and equipment from the renovated branches will be housed in an off-site storage facility during construction. Some of the most popular materials will be redistributed to other branches for check-out.

If you have additional questions, please speak with a staff member or submit your comments by using this form.

Will the exterior of the main building be changing?

No, the exterior of the library will not be changing. However, we will be doing minor repairs to the entry at 904 Indiana and we will be cleaning. We will also be correcting some drainage issues that occur in the front of the building and along Maple Ave.

Can I still bring my donations of books, CDs, and DVDs to the Main Library?

Unfortunately, the Main Library is not currently able to accept donations of used books, CDs, and DVDs.

Why has the landscaping been removed at the Main Library?

The landscaping has been removed at the main library in order to correct drainage issues at the Northeast corner of the building as well as to correct grading issues for ADA compliance.

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