Resources for State Employees:

  • An Overview of our Services

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

Electronic Reference - Any time, Any place!

  • 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.


  • Newspaper Archive Logo Access NewspaperArchive

    Read all about it!  Newspapers dating from 1759 to 1977, includign communities around the country.

  • CQ Researcher logo CQ Researcher

    1991 to the present, in-depth coverage of the most important issues of the day; reports written by experienced journalists, footnoted and professionally fact-checked.

  • NewsBank Detroit Historical logo Detroit News Historical

    Explore news aritcles from 1873 to 1949

  • 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.   


  • 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.

  • lexisNexis digital library logo Professional Development Library e-Audio Collection (via Lexis Nexis)

    Listen your way to management proficiency:  books on communication, leadership, innovation, decision making, and more.

  • ProQuest e-book Central logo ProQuest Ebook Central

    Utilize this multidiscliplinary ebook library when and where you need it!  Proquest eBook Central 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 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.


  • 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.


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    The world's most comprehensive database of information about library collections.

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