COVID-19: Updates on Library Services

Last updated 10/4/2021: The Library of Michigan is resuming regular open hours on the following days:
Monday - Friday
10AM - 5PM
10AM - 4PM

Appointments are no longer required.

All visitors who wish to access items from the Rare Books collection must alert staff ahead of time prior to their visit by calling 517-335-1477 or email Please review through the Library's online catalog beforehand:

Face covering is required for all visitors to the Library of Michigan as directed by DTMB Procedure 0210.11. A face mask is defined as an N95/KN95/KN94 respirator or other multi-layered breathable fabric that completely covers the nose and mouth, fitting snugly against the sides of the face. View the full face mask policy [PDF], which includes exemptions. Please practice social distancing. 
Additional information about the Michigan Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Response may be found by going to

Current Status of Library of Michigan Services

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

Checking-Out Material from the Library of Michigan

Items from our collections may again be checked out by our patrons who visit us in person and have a valid Library of Michigan library card. To apply for a card for the first time, or to renew your card, please be sure to bring photo ID and proof of current address and residence in Michigan. 

Returning Borrowed Materials

Items borrowed from the Library of Michigan may be returned at the 2nd floor Service Desk or 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. If you have any questions, please email, or call 517-335-1477.

MeLCat Requests

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

Additional Information for State Employees

Online Resources and Library Cards

State employees can access additional online resources here:

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,9327,7-381-88856_89615---,00.html

Library staff typically process your request within one to three business days 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.

Interlibrary Loan/Article Requests

State employees may again request both articles and books through Interlibrary Loan. Articles will be delivered via email.  Books obtained via ILL for state employees will be sent via ID Mail to their office location. Please send requests to

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.