Library of Michigan
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 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.
The Legislative Biography Database covers members of the Michigan state legislature from the first session following statehood in 1835 through the current session.
Newspapers dating from 1759 to 1977, including communities around the country.
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.
The experience and impact of African Americans as recorded by the news media, from 1704 through present day.
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.
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.
A one-stop source for scholarly books in subject areas geared to complement the work of state employees.
Search and retrieve case law and statutes from all 50 states. A good starting point for more in-depth legal research.
Access military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents, of the men and women who served.
An online database containing more than 200,000 titles of historical and state and federal government documents in a fully searchable, image-based format
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.
Access copies of Michigan public acts, legislative analyses, House and Senate Journals, older Attorney General Opinions, and many other state, federal, and international resources.
Digital copies of NCLC publications focusing on consumer law, credit and debt, mortgage lending, student loans, foreclosure, and bankruptcy.
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.
The largest online newspaper archive, covering 16,200+ newspapers from the 1700s–2000s, with millions of additional pages added every month
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).
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.