About Us

    • MeL Logo - Michigan eLibrary Free Webinar: Tools in MeL Databases - Register here!

      MeL databases are much more than information retrieval. There are tools to help you cite, translate, save, email, even listen in Spanish. Please join us on January 25, at 3:30pm for a 30-minute webinar focused on the tools which can help your students, researchers, and community become more efficient and excel in their work. Registration is free and open to all Michigan library staff and other interested users. This webinar will be recorded, archived, and made available on the MCLS MeL Training & Events website.

    • Michigan Notable Books 2017 Notable Books

      Here is the full list of the Library of Michigan's 2017 Michigan Notable Books. The descriptions are provided by the Library of Michigan and edited for length by the Free Press. Application for libraries to participate in author tour due by Jan 31, 2017.

    • Book with Magnifying Glass and State of Michigan Outline The Michigan Collection

      The Library of Michigan's Michigan Collection consists of current and historical materials that tell the story of our state, covering the full spectrum of the Michigan cultural experience, including local history, the lumber, mining, and auto industries, lighthouses, sports, shipwrecks, fiction, and much more.

    • ALA Midwinter 2017 logo ALA Midwinter "Kitchen Conversations" to focus on Accessibility

      As librarians, we've been mindful of making our libraries and resources accessible to our patrons with disabilities. In addition, it's important to make the profession inclusive to all library staff, as well. If you're heading to ALA Midwinter, this conference's Kitchen Table Conversations will focus on key aspects of inclusion: accessibility for people with physical, mobility, visual, auditory or cognitive disabilities. All conference attendees are encouraged to take part, whether or not they use accessible services. Find schedule information and other details on the press release.

    • Woman writing 5th Annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest

      Don’t miss the fifth annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest! The writing competition kicks off on September 1, but there’s plenty of time to submit your story before the November 30 deadline. You could win up to $250 and have your story published by Chapbook Press. Offered by the Kent District Library and Schuler Books & Music.

    Quick Access To...

    Upcoming Events at LM

    Connect with the Library

Services to Libraries


  • If You Seek a Cool Resource...come to the Library!

    • Hidden Gems In the Michigan Collection - Let's Talk Winter!

      black and white cover of an old Michigan winter tourism brochureTime flies! We were all enjoying the wonderful Michigan lakes, streams, and rivers, and now it is time for snow. There are many fun and interesting reads in the Michigan Collection that talk about Michigan’s winter sports and entertainment. Sit back and enjoy them and perhaps they will inspire a winter adventure. So, take a look at the numerous Ski Michigan – Winter Sports Maps (ex: G4111.E63 1961 .M53). Or, Fall & Winter Fun in Michigan. Lower Peninsula (GV 191.42 .M5 F3 1971 ).  Two favorites of mine are: Michigan’s Upper Peninsula – Winter Sports and Let’s Go! It’s Winter…Time for Fun and Frolic. All these items and more can be found in your Library of Michigan.  

    On the Other Hand: Resources for State Employees

    • A Cure for the Common Information Void

      lm reference staffIs your report missing some statistics?  Does your boss want you to do some background reading before starting your next project?  Does that grant application you’re working on have a section for your institution’s history, and until now it have never dawned on you that your department had a history?  Sounds like you have an information void.  Lucky for you the Library of Michigan’s Reference and Research Group specializes in filling those.  Get in touch: 

      517-373-1300, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  You call, we answer. 

      librarian@michigan.gov – We check this inbox multiple times throughout the day.


    Bibliography Spotlight

    • Get Personal: Early Michigan Diaries and Autobiographies

      cover page of 1881 diaryFirst-person accounts can tell us about a wide range of experiences, from pioneer to schoolmaster, schooner captain to soldier, railroad employee to surveyor. All but one are nineteenth century accounts. Together they offer a rich picture of life in early Michigan.

In the Know

  • News for Michigan Libraries

    • Historical Society of Michigan Historical Society of Michigan Announces 17 History Skills Workshops - Register Here

      These training opportunities help historical organizations and interested history advocates gain skills that can be applied in museums, organizations, and personal collections. Sessions include: 

      Preparing for the Worst: Disaster Planning for Historical Organizations
      by Eve Weipert, Independent Museum Consultant

      Exhibits on a Shoestring
      by Tammy Barnes, Tibbits Opera House

      Taking Oral Histories One Step Further
      by Dean Rehberger, Michigan State University

      and many more!

      Workshops are held from 9 a.m. to noon (unless noted) at the Meijer Education Center at the Historical Society of Michigan, 5815 Executive Dr., Lansing, Michigan.

      To register for a workshop, use their secure online registration form or call (800) 692-1828.

  • Stay Connected

    Find LM on Facebook Follow LM on Twitter See LM on Instagram Gov Delivery