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MEL Michigan eLibrary is a resource that allows media centers, educators, and students to access materials in libraries statewide.

MEL resources include:
  • Books
  • Music
  • Videos
  • Magazine/Newspaper Articles
  • eBooks
  • Websites

MEL is accessible over the internet making it available every hour of every day.


MelCat – Virtual Library

Click here to search this collection: MelCat Search

MelCat allows users to search and request materials from libraries statewide. If a user’s request is successful, the user can pick up the requested materials directly from their own library. Requested materials are usually delivered to the library within a few days.



MeL Michigana - Michigan History

Click here to visit this collection: mel.org/michigana

Mel Michigana is a collection of historical materials from libraries across the state. The Michigan eLibrary online gallery depicts Michigan's past through photos, diaries, interviews, and more.

Preview of Materials/Contributing Libraries:
  • Archives of Michigan (Michigan Governors, Civil War soldiers of Michigan, and Michigan lighthouses)
  • Alpena County Library (Thunder Bay Sanctuary Research Collection on Great Lakes maritime history)
  • CMU Clarke Historical Library (panoramic maps)
  • Detroit Public Library (Burton Historical collection on early Detroit)
  • Library of Michigan (Michigan Sheet Music)
  • Loutit District Library (west Michigan oral histories)
  • Monroe County Library (War of 1812 in Michigan)
  • Making of Modern Michigan (contributions of multiple libraries)
  • Portage District Library (John Todd photography collection)
  • Superiorland Library Cooperative (contributions from Upper Peninsula)
  • Wayne State Library System (virtual Motor City – Detroit News photojournalism)
  • WMU Libraries (Civil War Collection)



ADDITIONAL MEL RESOURCES (DATABASES, TEACHER AIDES, AND GED/ACT/CAREERS BUILDERS ARE AVAILABLE BY VISITING: MEL.ORG