Library Web Resources

In an attempt to help visitors to find general information located outside the confines this website, the following pages been assembled which contain multiple web site links that may be of value to people looking for information concerning the Jackson area libraries.

Michigan eLibrary
To use MeL to find full-text articles, point your web browser to http://mel.org and then click on the MeL Databases (from home) link in the center of the page. If you don't have a particular magazine or journal in mind, choose "View MeL Databases by Subject" to narrow down your search. If you know exactly what you're looking for, choose "Electronic Journals List." From there you can search through the alphabetized list of titles. A list of databases in which your requested title is found will be returned to the screen. Since several databases may hold different time periods' worth of the same title, this will help you determine which database(s) to search.
Want to widen the scope? Beyond the full-text articles you'll find in the MeL Databases section, consider broadening your search to include:

  • MeL Pathfinders: dozens of subject searches from agriculture and education to science and the environment;
  • MeL Catalog (MeLCat): a place to search for and request books, videos and more from a growing list of participating Michigan libraries; and
  • MeL Michigana, a growing collection of digitized historical resources from throughout Michigan and the Archives of Michigan image collections.

If you live in or like to visit the Lansing area and don't currently have library cards from the Library of Michigan, consider getting one soon. As a Library of Michigan patron, you can search MeLCat and request lending items - books, videos, etc. - be delivered right here to the Library of Michigan and pick them up at your convenience.
Still have questions? Send an e-mail to librarian@michigan.gov or call the reference staff at (517) 373-1300. If you have specific questions or comments about MeL, contact Sheryl Mase, director of statewide services at the Library of Michigan.
MeL is brought to the people of Michigan by the Library of Michigan and the federal Institute for Museum and Library Services.