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Michigan eLibrary (MeL)
MeL : Michigan eLibrary

MeL is the Michigan eLibrary, an anywhere, anytime library for Michigan residents. MeL contains magazine, newspaper and journal articles, books, and evaluated websites. MeL can be used by any citizen of the state at no charge 24 hours/day. MeL includes specialized resources such as those in genealogy, health, business, test preparation, careers and education. MeL also contains many general resources that cover all subject areas and has resources specifically for children and older students. MeL also provides eBooks and on-line courses.

MeL is a project of the Library of Michigan, an agency of the state government. The Library of Michigan contracts with the Michigan Library Consortium and partners with a number of Michigan organizations and institutions to provide the MeL service.

MeL allows you to search all the libraries in Michigan; find librarian-recommended sites on the Internet, and search databases in a wide variety of subject areas. The main areas included are:

    • MeLCat
    • MeL Databases
    • MeL Multisearch
    • MeL Michigana
    • MeL Best of the Web

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Find books and more in libraries throughout Michigan with MeLCat! Have the items you want delivered to your closest participating library. MeLCat is available to everyone from any Internet connection. It works much like the Bayliss Public Library on-line catalog and includes books, recorded books, movies, music, magazines, and more. You can search MeLCat for the whole state, or by region. Once you have found material you want, you must have a library card from a Michigan library to borrow it. Or, you could visit the library that owns it and use it there.
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MeL Databases
MeL Databases contain full-text articles from magazines, journals and newspapers as well as digital books. MeL Databases is one of the parts of the Michigan eLibrary. It is available to Michigan residents only. To use most of these databases, you must log in using your Michigan Driver’s License/State ID Card or your library card.

To use Learning Express Library [formerly LearnATest], you must register from a library computer the first time you use it.

Go to MeL Databases to see an alphabetical list of MeL Databases, with brief descriptions. Some provide full text, some are indexes only. Find the databases with information of interest to you! Ask the library staff for more information about any of these databases. See MeL Multisearch for more ways to use MeL Databases.
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MeL Multisearch
Search multiple research databases simultaneously. This is a very powerful tool if you are doing an in-depth search. See a library staff member for help using MeL Multisearch. You must log in with your Driver's License or Bayliss Public Library card before using MeL Multisearch.
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MeL Michigana
Digitized historical resources from around Michigan including photographs of people, places and objects; diaries of Civil War soldiers; unique local histories and much more.
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MeL Best of the Web
Search librarian-recommended websites with a Michigan focus. Anyone may use MeL Internet. It works much like Yahoo Search; you can narrow your search by subject areas. It will take you to librarian-recommended websites.
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