COVID-19: Updates on Library Services

Last updated 6/23/2021: The Library of Michigan building is closed to the public until further notice. The State of Michigan is currently determining the best method in which to open state facilities to the public. The Library of Michigan will continue to provide updates on reopening as they are available. Staff are working remotely and may be contacted by either calling 517-335-1477 or emailing Librarian@Michigan.gov. Please read below the following changes to the library's services.

Changes to Library Services During COVID-19

Online Resources and Library of Michigan Library Cards

The Library of Michigan has expanded remote access to many of its online subscription databases to Michigan residents with a Library of Michigan library card. Apply online for a card at www.Michigan.gov/LibraryCard

Previously Borrowed Materials

You may renew items by logging in to your library account at answercat.org (click on "My Library Record" at the top of the page). 

You may return items during our closure at our outside book return, which is accessible from the circle drive by the south entrance to our building.  Enter the drive from Kalamazoo St. between Butler and Pine Streets. Materials are being checked in, but be aware there will be some delay. If you have any questions, please email Circulation@Michigan.gov, or call 517-335-1477.

Checking-Out Items and MeLCat Requests

No items may be checked out from our collection at this time, either to individuals or other libraries. Requesting/receiving MeLCat items through the Library of Michigan is suspended. Please consider utilizing your library card from your local public library to obtain MeLCat materials from other Michigan libraries. Use the Michigan Library Directory to find your nearest public library.

Michigan eLibrary

Working or studying from home? The Michigan eLibrary has eBooks, research, and study materials available 24/7/365 for every type of learner. Check your local public library's website or visit www.mel.org.

Additional Information for State Employees

Online Resources and Library Cards

State employees can access additional online resources here: https://www.Michigan.gov/Research

Any State of Michigan employee who does not have a library card with the Library of Michigan already or who needs to renew their card may do so online at https://www.michigan.gov/libraryofmichigan/0,9327,7-381-88856_89615---,00.html

Library staff typically process your request within one business day and will send you an email providing you with your barcode number and PIN, which you will need to access the above-mentioned e-resources. Processing times may change based on staff availability during our building's closure. The physical library cards will be sent to applicants through ID mail once the Library of Michigan has reopened.

Interlibrary Loan/Article Requests

State employees may still request articles, but delivery of physical materials is suspended. Requests from state employees for electronic articles will be filled as much as possible and delivered via email as through normal practice.

We're available via email at Librarian@Michigan.gov and ILLoan@Michigan.gov.

Additional Information for Michigan Libraries

Library Development Questions

Michigan libraries with questions related to statewide programs, continuing education, resources, consulting, grant funding and other services provided by Library Development can direct those questions to individual staff listed in the Library Development Directory.