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MeL, the Michigan eLibrary

Search subscription databases and request items through MeLCat, the statewide library catalog and borrowing service using your local, participating public library.

Library of Michigan Digital

Library of Michigan Digital is a digital repository of unique and authoritative state and local government resources.  There is no sign-in or registration required and all materials are full-text and can be downloaded or linked to at no charge.

Michigan Authors and Illustrators Database

Find out about Michigan authors of non-fiction, poetry, mysteries, romance, children’s books and much more. You can find authors for presentations and visits and identify books by Michigan authors for school or library collection development.

Michigan Legislative Biography Database

The Legislative Biography Database covers members of the Michigan state legislature from the first session following statehood in 1835 through the current session.

Enjoy this statewide eBook collection, 300 eBooks published by local university presses about Michigan and the Great Lakes region.  Find Michigan Notable Book award winners as well as other important works published by Michigan presses and authors.

Subscription Databases

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Black Life in America (NewsBank)

The experience and impact of African Americans as recorded by the news media, from 1704 through present day.

Black Thought and Culture (Alexander Street)

A landmark digital library of approximately 100,000 pages of non-fiction writings by major American black leaders and public figures covering 250 years of history. In addition standard works, it also includes previously inaccessible material, including letters, speeches, political leaflets, interviews, trial transcripts, and the like.

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.

Ebook Central (ProQuest)

A one-stop source for scholarly books in subject areas geared to complement the work of state employees.

Ebook Central (Proquest) - Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Collection

More than 18,000 ebooks that address issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion spanning a wide range of disciplines.


Search and retrieve case law and statutes from all 50 states. A good starting point for more in-depth legal research.


An online database containing more than 200,000 titles of historical and  state and federal government documents in a fully searchable, image-based format

LLMC Digital

Access copies of Michigan public acts, legislative analyses, House and Senate Journals, older Attorney General Opinions, and many other state, federal, and international resources.

The Making of Modern Law

These collections cover nearly every aspect of American and British law and the legal traditions of Europe, Latin America, Asia, and other jurisdictions, both classic and contemporary. With a range of analytical, theoretical, and practical literature, these collections feature valuable books from the most influential legal writers throughout history, and include federal court records and briefs.

National Consumer Law Center Digital Library (NCLC)

Digital copies of NCLC publications focusing on consumer law, credit and debt, mortgage lending, student loans, foreclosure, and bankruptcy.

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 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.

ProQuest Education Magazine Archive

This backfile of 26 major education magazines and trade publications offers insights into educational history, theory, and perspectives, reflecting more than a century of evolving trends, issues, values, and practice in areas such as teaching methods, policy / administration, and resources.

ProQuest Ethnic NewsWatch

Full-text access to newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic and minority press, providing researchers access to essential, often overlooked perspectives. The database now also contains Ethnic NewsWatch: A History, which provides historical coverage of Native American, African American, and Hispanic American periodicals from 1959-1989.

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.


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


Newspapers/Family History

America's News - Historical and Current (Newsbank)

Collection of several Michigan newspapers subscribed to by the Library of Michigan through Newsbank, including current MLive publications.

Ancestry Library Edition*

Includes billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more. *No remote access. Must be at the Library of Michigan to use. 

Ann Arbor News Historical and Current Collection (Newsbank)

Dig deeper into the Ann Arbor News!  Our new collection expands our access from 1923 to the current date.

Bay City Times Historical and Current (Newsbank)

Coverage of the Bay City Times from 1889 - present.

Detroit Free Press Historical Newspaper, 1831-1999 (ProQuest)

168 years of news coverage.

Detroit News Historical/Current (Newsbank)

Historical and current coverage of The Detroit News from 1873 - present.

Fold3 by Ancestry

Access military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents, of the men and women who served.

The Globe and the Mail Historical Newspaper (ProQuest)

Digitized newspapers of Toronto, Canada that includes The Globe (1844-1936) and The Globe and Mail (1936-2017).

Grand Rapids Press Historical and Current Collection (Newsbank)

Enjoy greater access to the Grand Rapids Press!  Our new collection extends from 1893 to the current date.

HeritageHub (NewsBank)

The premier collection of U.S. obituaries and death notices for in-depth biographical and genealogical research from 1824 - today. Includes deep coverage from all 50 states, hard-to-find content from the mid 1900's, and original obituary images.

Kalamazoo Gazette Historical and Current (Newsbank)

Historical and current coverage of the Kalamazoo Gazette from 1837 - present.

Michigan Chronicle Historical Newspaper, 1939-2010 (ProQuest)

Primary source material essential to the study of American history and African American culture, history, politics, and the arts.

Michigan Historical Newspapers Collection (ProQuest)

Includes coverage of Lansing (1911-2011), Battle Creek (1918-present), Port Huron (1910-1970)


Newspapers dating from 1759 to 1977, including communities around the country. World Edition by Ancestry

The largest online newspaper archive, covering 16,200+ newspapers from the 1700s–2000s, with millions of additional pages added every month.

Saginaw News Historical Archive, 1881-2018 (Newsbank)

Explore Saginaw history through local news, events and people with the Saginaw News. Collection covers from 1881-2018.

Sanborn Maps - Michigan, 1867-1970 (ProQuest)

Sanborn maps are large-scale plans of a city or town, drawn at a scale of 50 feet to an inch. They were created to assist fire insurance companies as they assessed the risk associated with insuring a particular property. The maps list street blocks and building numbers including numbers in use at the time the map was made and previous numbers. An essential tool for brownfield remediation work, as well as genealogy and historical research.

The Sault News (Newsbank)

Find issues of the Sault Ste. Marie News from 1888 - 1900 and The Sault News from 2001 - present.