Resources for State Employees:

  • An Overview of our Services

    rrsg staffThe Library of Michigan reference staff is ready to help you in a variety of ways:

    *Locate articles in newspapers and magazines.
    *Research factual and statistical information, such as demographics, addresses, quotations and dates.
    *Provide materials from the Library's extensive collections.
          Do you need a Library of Michigan Library card?
          Apply online!

    *Investigate a topic and send appropriate background and in depth materials.
    *Obtain materials we do not own from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan or Document Delivery.
    *Consult and train in the use of print, electronic and Internet resources.
    *Develop subject bibliographies.

    In our research, we draw upon a variety of print and electronic resources. Our main collection focuses on government and policy research and includes a strong general reference collection. We also meet your information needs with our special collections, such as Law, Federal and State Government documents, and the Michigan Collection.

    Contact us with your information needs. Request research assistance by

    * Phone 517-373-1300
    * Fax 517-373-3381
    * Email at
    * Request online

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Research Sources

  • ANSWER Library Catalog

    Search for books, magazines and newspapers, videos, maps, and more held at the Library of Michigan.

  • Electronic Resources at the Library of Michigan

    When you visit the Library, expand your research options with our subscription databases, chosen to enhance our print and other collections.

  • Professional Development Lending Library

    The Professional Development Lending Library (PDL) exists to promote career-development for all State of Michigan employees, and to support training provided by the Michigan Civil Service Commission. The PDL consists of printed books, audio books, e-audio books, and videos on a variety of topics including:   coaching; communication; customer service; decision making; and managing conflict.

     Borrowing materials from the PDL is easy at!

    • You can search the Library of Michigan’s catalog, ANSWER, by title, author, or keyword.  If you don’t know where to start, try a keyword search of the term: “Professional Development Lending Library.”
    • Once you decide what you would like to borrow, click on “Request Item.”
    • After you identify yourself with your library card number, tell where you want the materials delivered.
    • That’s it!  Your materials will come through I.D. mail.

    State employees are also welcome to come to the Library of Michigan to check their materials out in person!

  • MeL, the Michigan eLibrary

    Search subscription databases, browse librarian-recommended Web resources and request items through MeLCat, the statewide library catalog and borrowing service using your local, participating public library.

  • New Titles

    Browse a list of new materials at the Library of Michigan.

  • Census and Statistical Data

    Michigan census data compiled by the State Demographer and the State Data Center/Business and Industry Data Center Program, a part of the Library Development and Data Services Division of the Library of Michigan.

Electronic Reference from Your Desktop

  • red megaphone on blue backgroundGreat news for state employees! Access just got EZer!

    Attention, state employees:  Your access to many of the Library of Michigan subscription databases just got easier - and broader - thanks to EZ Proxy.  Log in with your library card and PIN to conduct your research where ever you might be!  Need a Library of Michigan library card?  Apply online, or contact us for assistance.


  • lexisNexis digital library logo LexisNexis Digital Library

    Discover an easy and convenient way to access authoritative legal research volumes with the Lexis Digital Library, a 24/7 ebook collection made available through the State Law Library.

  • LLMC law database logo LLMC

    Access PDF copies of Michigan public acts, legislative analyses, House and Senate Journals, older Attorney General Opinions, and many other state, federal, and international resources. LLMC specializes in historical legal materials scanned from the collections of law and university research libraries throughout the U.S.   


  • ebrary Government Complete logo ebrary Government Complete

    Utilize this multidiscliplinary ebook library when and where you need it!  ebrary Government Complete is a one-stop source for scholarly books in subject areas geared to complement the work of state employees.  Use your Library of Michigan library card to access the collection from your office or anywhere else you might be.

  • ProQuest Databases

    ProQuest logoReady to do some research?
    Search to access authoritative resources. Includes government documents, public health and education journals, legal materials, and the fulltext of the Detroit Free Press (1831-1999).


  • ProQuest Congressional

    A comprehensive collection of congressional documents from 1789 to the present, including the Congressional Globe, Congressional Record, Congressional Research Service reports, laws, bills and legislative histories.


  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Detroit Free Press, 1831-1999

    168 years of news coverage, right at your device!


  • ProQuest Education Database

    Tap into literature on primary, secondary, and higher education, as well  as special education, home schooling, adult education, and hundreds of related topics.


  • ProQuest Indian Claims Insight

    Includes briefs, dockets, decisions and testimony in claims before the Indian Claims Commission and US Court of Claims, treaties, related congressional publications, and maps.


  • ProQuest Public Health Database

    An ideal starting point for public health information and research, with coverage of a wide variety of disciplines ranging from social sciences and biological sciences to business.


Using Library of Michigan Materials

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