Michigan Center for the Book


  • MeL Logo - Michigan eLibrary Michigan eLibrary (MeL)

    MeL is the Michigan eLibrary, a 24/7 online library for Michigan residents.

    • MeL Databases allow you instant access to full-text articles from tens of thousands of magazines and newspapers. Databases are available for kids, adults, and on specialized topics such as car repair, practice tests and art images.
    • MeLCat allows you to order books, audio books, music, movies and other materials and have them delivered to your participating library.
    • MeL Michigana contains photographs, diaries, oral histories, local records and historical Michigan data.
    • MeL Gateways include specialized resources such as those in genealogy, health, business and areas for kids and teens.

Michigan Notable Books

  • Michigan Notable Book Logo Michigan Notable Books The Michigan Notable Books program annually selects 20 of the most notable books published in the year. The selections are reflective of Michigan's diverse ethnic, historical, literary, and cultural experience. This program has roots stretching back to Michigan Week 1991. The Library of Michigan has had primary responsibility for this program since the 2002 awards. Before 2004, the program was called Read Michigan.

    Find a list of this year's selections at www.michigan.gov/notablebooks.


  • Ploud - Websites for small and rural libraries

    Ploud (formerly known as Plinkit) is a feature-rich and easy to use library-specific website template used in a variety of states.

    Ploud provides an easy-to-learn, easy-to-update website template. It is designed for libraries without specialized technology staff. It is easily expandable for libraries that wish to do more. There is a minimal cost to the libraries and the technology "heavy lifting" is done by the vendor, Enfold Systems. 

    The LM is currently accepting new applications for Ploud libraries in Michigan. Contact Sonya Schryer Norris at norriss2@michigan.gov or 517-373-4457 for more information.