Mid-Michigan Library League

Michigan eLibrary (MeL)

Michigan eLibrary ("MeL" at http://mel.org)

Here are some linksMichigan eLibrary logo to specific resources from the Michigan eLibrary ("MeL").  These resources require you to be a Michigan resident or to be within the state of Michigan to access them.

Family History

  • MyHeritage Library Edition - Family history resource including more than 6 billion historical ?records from the United States, Europe, Latin America, and other regions. Includes the full USA federal census (1790-1940); census of England and Wales (1841-1901); U.S. World War II Army Enlistment as well as records of Union and Confederate Civil War soldiers. Over 2 billion family trees.

Journals & Newspapers

  • Consumer Reports - Provides clear reviews of commonly purchased products. Consumer Reports uses careful research, consumer insights, journalism, and policy expertise to help you inform purchase decisions. Also works to improve the products and services that businesses deliver, and drive regulatory and fair competitive practices.
  • Newspaper Source Plus - Includes millions of articles from newspapers, newswires, and news magazines. Offers television and radio transcripts and ongoing daily updates from popular news sources. Primary full coverage newspapers are The Washington Post and USA Today.

Life Skills

  • AutoMate - Repair information and schedules, diagrams, parts and labor estimates, service alerts, and recalls. Covers thousands of domestic and imported vehicles.
  • LearningExpress Library - Includes a resume builder you can save, edit, and print. Over 700 courses, practice tests, tutorials, eBooks, and flashcards. Practice tests include ACT, SAT, PSAT and TOEFL, as well as trade certification, civil service, math and reading tests, and U.S. citizenship.
  • Small Engine Repair Reference Center - Repair guides for small engines and routine maintenance (tune-ups, brake service, etc.). Also includes guides on extensive repairs such as engine and transmission disassembly. Coverage includes lawn mowers, motorcycles, tractors, and snowmobiles. More than 450 full text reference books with photos and illustrations, information on more than 25 years of engine models, and coverage of more than 90,000 repairs.


  • AtoZ Databases - Detailed information on 30 million businesses and executives and 2 million new businesses. Includes data on over 200 million residents as well as new movers/homeowners. Special features include a background and criminal history search. Information provided on U. S. healthcare professionals. Includes a jobs database and email marketing.
  • MasterFILE Complete - Broad collection of popular full-text magazines and reference books. Covers subjects including: business, health, education, fitness, sports and leisure, personal finance, general science, multicultural issues, DIY, and fashion. Also includes photos, maps, and flags.


  • eBooks (public library collection) - Collection of over 44,000 reference books featuring titles for both adults and kids. Covers a wide variety of topics from self-help and fitness to cooking and personal finance. You may access the full text of these eBooks from your computer, or download titles to most popular portable devices.
  • MeLCat - More than 400 libraries participate in sharing their books and other resources. Use your local library card to order materials from other libraries in Michigan.
  • NoveList - Contains information on over 260,000 fiction and readable nonfiction titles. Features lists of award-winning books, book discussion guides, Read-a-Like recommendations, and complete series information. Also includes reader ratings and reviews. Create your own reading wish list.


Check out the YouTube channel for MeL at Celebrating MeL     

  • MeLCat Patrons (2:35 minutes) - A very nice collage of MeLCat patrons from all over the state talking about their positive experiences with the service.
  • MeLCat Staff (3:15 minutes) - A behind-the-scenes look at MeLCat with a short tutorial for the new MeLCat user and an explanation of what it can do for them.
  • MeL Databases for Adults (3:50 minutes) - An introduction to a variety of MeL's great subscription resources for adults.
  • MeL K-12 Databases (3:08 minutes) - Sings the praises of using MeL databases in the classroom and beyond for Michigan's K-12 learners who need research help. Hear the voices of teachers as well as high school students.
  • MeL Impact in the Classroom (3:32 minutes) - Hear the voices of teachers and students about how MeL can help with school work as well as in their personal lives.

Here are some links to reach the short videos. They're quick, impactful, and were created specifically for social media:

  • MeL for Small Libraries (37 seconds) - The value of MeLCat for small libraries, especially demonstrating how it assists in augmenting smaller collections.
  • MeL Helping Authors (39 seconds) - This video isn't just for authors but it does an impressive job of showing some very practical, real-world help that MeLCat can provide to residents.
  • MeL Movies, Music and More (33 seconds) - This video shows the breadth of materials available in MeLCat.
  • MeL Databases (35 seconds) - A moment with Academic OneFile and General OneFile with Calvin Battle of Jackson District Library
  • MeL in the Classroom (32 seconds) - This is the quick impact video showing how MeL can help teachers to help students succeed.
  • MeL Behind the Scenes (36 seconds) - A succinct summary of MeLCat from Sean Cwiek at MCLS talking about the moving parts behind the scenes. A great way to give a sneak peek to your patrons who may not have thought much about what goes into MeLCat.

MeL.org - Michigan's 24/7 Library is brought to you by the LiIMLS logo 2-color.jpgbrary of Michigan via federal LSTA funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  Resources inlcude millions of full-text articles and helpful links to government, business, health, and legal resources.

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