Online Resources

  • New MeL logo 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.

  • LM Digital Logo 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.

  • LM Legislative Biography Database logo 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.

  • Access to research databases just got EZer

    State of Michigan employees can access subscription databases with your library card and PIN. Do you need a Library of Michigan library card?  Apply online, or contact us for assistance.

  • Newspaper Archive Logo Access NewspaperArchive

    Newspapers dating from 1759 to 1977, including communities around the country.

  • Chadwick-Healy African American Biographical Database Logo African American Biographical Database (Chadwyck-Healy)

    The largest Electronic Collection of Biographical Information on African Americans, spanning 1790-1950. Includes photographs and illustrations, and covers the famous to the everyday person. Information ranges from biographical profiles to full-text sketches.

  • NewsBank Black Life in America database logo Black Life in America (NewsBank)

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

  • Alexander Street Black Thought and Culture logo 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 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.

  • ProQuest e-book Central logo Ebook Central (ProQuest)

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

  • ProQuest e-book Central logo ProQuest Ebook Central - Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Collection

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

  • fastcase law database logo fastcase

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

  • Fold3 logo Fold3 by Ancestry

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

  • HeinOnline logo HEINONLINE

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

  • NewsBank HeritageHub database logo 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. 

  • LLMC law database logo LLMC

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

  • NCLC Digital Library logo 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.

  • NewsBank Detroit Historical logo Detroit News Historical and More!

    EXPANDED COVERAGE! Now, in addition to historical coverage of the Detroit News (1873 to 1999), enjoy access to other selected papers from around the state, including all MLive-owned publications. Search here for those articles that are restricted to subscription holders! This video explains how. Access ranges from 2002 - current.

  • Ann Arbor Daily News Logo Ann Arbor News Historical and Current Collection

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

  • NewsBank Grand Rapids Press Historical Collection Logo Grand Rapids Press Historical & Current Collection, 1893-present

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

  • newspapers.com logo Newspapers.com World Edition

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

  • WorldCat logo WorldCat

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

  • Proquest logoProQuest Databases

    Access a variety of 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 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 Historical Newspapers: Detroit Free Press, 1831-1999

    168 years of news coverage, right at your device.

  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Michigan Chronicle, 1936-2010

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

  • 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 Sanborn Maps - Michigan, 1867-1970

    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.