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Library Of Michigan

Services For The Public


Library of Michigan reference staff provide a variety of services to the Public. Staff will:
  • Answer general reference and research questions by phone, email, or in-person at the Library of Michigan.
  • Perform article/obituary searches for researchers (please limit requests to 2 item requests per month).*
  • Provide in-building tours and in-person/virtual presentations to requesting organizations.

*For more extensive research requests, please consider connecting with a professional researcher:

Building Hours

Library of Michigan Hours

10AM-5PM Monday - Friday
10AM-4PM Saturday
The Library of Michigan is closed on Sundays. Find a list of holiday closures and additional visitor information on the Contact and Visit Us page.


Services available to Library of Michigan visitors include:
Microfilm scanners
Internet computers
Subscription-based online databases
Current newspapers from several Michigan communities
Free Wi-Fi
Quiet study spaces


The Library of Michigan maintains several key collections that are accessible to the public, including:
Additional information about the Library of Michigan's collections may be found on the Library Use Guidelines section of the website.


Many resources through the Library of Michigan require a Library of Michigan Library Card for access. This includes checking out circulating items from the Library's physical collection and using online databases subscribed to by the Library of Michigan. All residents of Michigan and State of Michigan employees are eligible for cards. Register for a card in-person at the Library's Reference Desk or digitally through our online form.

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.

MeLCat Requests

As of Tuesday, March 1, 2022,  Library of Michigan's MeLCat Borrowing and Lending is suspended while the library undergoes a significant software transition. 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.


The Library of Michigan subscribes to several subscription databases, many of which are accessible remotely by Library of Michigan library card holders. Find links to these databases by going to the Online Resources for Library Cardholders page or at
Additional digital resources that do not require a Library of Michigan Library Card include:
Library of Michigan Digital: Library of Michigan's online repository and serves as a point of access for unique and rare Michigan-specific materials, many of them published by Michigan state government. 
Michigan Authors and Illustrators Database: Searchable online repository of biographical information on Michigan Authors and Illustrators.
Michigan eLibrary: Online access to full-text articles, full-text books, and other resources for all Michigan residents. Funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Michigan Legislative Biography Database: Searchable online repository of biographical information on Michigan legislators. 



The Library of Michigan offers numerous programs to the Public. View our 2024 Schedule of Programs for dates and topics.

Presentations and Tours

Library of Michigan Special Collections staff offer a wide range of program topics for libraries, historical societies, government departments and other organizations. Groups can also arrange tours of the Library of Michigan. Learn more on the Staff Presenters and Library of Michigan Tours page.
Please direct inquires for programs, presentations, and tours to or 517-335-1477.

Special Collections Update

The Special Collections Update is a biweekly email bulletin highlighting the services and material of the Library of Michigan's Special Collections. Readers will learn about new acquisitions, upcoming programs, item/resource spotlights, and more. Stay informed on the resources of your state library by signing up at


Contact us with your information needs. Request assistance by:
Find additional contact information and location directions for the Library of Michigan at on the Library's Contact and Visit Us page.

Updated: 2/15/2024