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Library Programs and Collections
  • Randy RileyThe Mission of the Library of Michigan The Michigan Legislature created The Library of Michigan to guarantee the people of this State and their government one perpetual institution to collect and preserve Michigan publications, conduct reference and research and support libraries statewide.

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
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Michigan eLibrary

  • MeL Logo - Michigan eLibraryMichigan 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.

    • M.O.R.E.: Michigan Online Resources for Educators allows teachers and parents to find curricular-based resources searchable by subject and aligned to the Michigan Content Expectations.  View a short video to familiarize yourself with M.O.R.E.
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  • Plinkit: Web sites designed for small and rural librariesPlinkit - Websites for small and rural libraries Plinkit is a feature-rich and easy to use library-specific website template free to Michigan libraries.

    Plinkit 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 no cost to the libraries and the technology "heavy lifting" is done by the Library of Michigan. Training and refresher courses are free. And Plinkit is easy to learn. If you can operate Microsoft Word, you can operate Plinkit.

    Check out some of our sites:

    * Boyne District Library
    * Lapeer District Library
    * Buchanan District Library

    The Plinkit program will be transitioning to ESP Library in 2014-2015. For more information, please see the program website.

    Feel free to contact Sonya Schryer Norris at the Library of Michigan at 517-373-4457 or with any questions.
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