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Mission Statement

Administered by the Library of Michigan in partnership with Michigan's libraries of all types, the Michigan eLibrary ( will provide all Michigan residents with free access to online full-text articles, full-text books, digital images, and other valuable research information at any time via the Internet; and provide an easy-to-use interlibrary loan system to allow Michigan residents to borrow books and other library materials for free from participating Michigan libraries.

Collection Development Strategy

Read our strategy for developing MeL here. The strategy statement clarifies for the public, Michigan libraries and MeL staff the methodology used for selecting resources as well as the responsibility for the collections. MeL consists of a suite of subscription databases, a shared statewide catalog, portals including curricular-based resources and Michigan history collections, and selected best Web sites for kids, teens, business, jobs, government, health, legal, and books and literacy which includes library and information science.

MeL Usage Statistics

2009-current statistics from the Library of Michigan and the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services for the MeL homepage and gateways, the databases and MeLCat.

What We Do

MeL is the Michigan eLibrary, a 24/7 online library for Michigan residents.

  • MeL Databases allow you instant access to full-text articles from tens of thousands of magazines and newspapers. Databases are available for kids, adults, and on specialized topics such as car repair and practice tests.
  • MeLCat allows you to order books, audio books, music, movies and other materials and have them delivered to your participating library. View a video to familiarize yourself with MeLCat.
  • MeL Michigana contains photographs, diaries, oral histories, local records and historical Michigan data. View a video to familiarize yourself with MeL Michigana.
  • MeL Gateways include specialized resources such as those in health, business and areas for kids and teens.
  • MORE: Michigan Online Resources for Educators allows teachers and parents to find curricular based resources searchable by subject and aligned to the Common Core and state standards.

Who We Are

MeL is a service of the Library of Michigan. The Library of Michigan contracts with the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services and partners with a number of Michigan organizations and institutions to provide the MeL service.

Our History

The Michigan eLibrary has grown from the combination of several statewide projects. The original projects were:

  • Michigan Electronic Library, a collection of Internet resources selected by librarians (1992)
  • AccessMichigan, a project to provide licensed commercial databases to Michigan's libraries (1997)
  • ATLAS, the Action Team for Advancement of Libraries Statewide (1999-2002) which culminated in MeLCat, a statewide patron-initiated interlibrary loan system (2005)
  • The Making of Modern Michigan, a statewide digitization effort to empower a wide range of Michigan libraries to preserve Michigan history, was realized in MeL Michigana (2007)
  • M.O.R.E.: Michigan Online Resources for Educators is a project that provides curricular based resources aligned to the Michigan Content Expectations and was created through an alliance with the Michigan Department of Education and Wayne State University (2008)

MeL Study

We routinely evaluate the Michigan eLibrary by surveying both users and non-users, including library staff. You can find five years' worth of reports, including 2014 data, at

The 2014 surveys included a random phone survey of the general public and an online survey of library patrons and of library staff. Libraries wishing to view the detailed cross tab reports for responses from their area may request those by contacting Karren Reish at 517-241-0021 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


This service is funded by the Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) via the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Library of Michigan, part of the Michigan Department of Education. Additional funding is provided by the State of Michigan.