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Did you know that your library card can be your best travel companion? Discover hundreds of Michigan’s cultural destinations and natural attractions with your Michigan library card! You can “check out” FREE or discounted admission passes (or other exclusive offers) to hundreds of Michigan state parks, campgrounds, museums, trails, arts & cultural destinations, and more. Go to: and plan your next activity!

The program begins May 24, 2018

New this year, parents or educators of fourth graders can access the National Park Service’s Every Kid in a Park initiative, which provides free passes to Michigan’s national parks and lakeshores, including Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Isle Royale National Park, Keweenaw National Historic Park, North County National Scenic Trails, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and River Raisin National Battlefield Park.

The activity pass website can be accessed on your home computer or at one of our library branches.


Thanks to a partnership with, Mason County District Library is proud to offer free online test prep for students preparing for their MI driving tests! Click on the banner to visit our exclusive website, where you can choose from several different permit tests. No library card number or personal information is needed! This resource is also great for anyone looking to brush up on their knowledge of Michigan’s traffic laws or interested in getting their motorcycle license. A helpful FAQ section addresses questions residents might have about visiting their local DMV.

World Book Online is designed specifically to meet the diverse needs of public library patrons – from students of all ages to curious adults – World Book’s Public Library Edition offers unique content and features for every age and interest.

The World Book Online for Kids has games, activities, science projects, and interactive maps kids can use to learn about a wide variety of subjects from all over the world. These links are designed to let kids learn about the world and let them have fun at the same time. And there are links to specific subjects, such as sports or animals, which allow the kids to dive right in and learn what they want to know right now. World Book Online, a fun interactive way for kids to learn about the world.

One of the fastest-growing topics researched in libraries and online is entrepreneurship. Small Business Resource Center offers users complete small business management resources via a combination of unparalleled periodicals and reference content. From conducting industry research to financial planning, to marketing a product and franchising a business, the Small Business Resource Center provides users with all the information they need to succeed.

Hundreds of legal forms are available to download and print – for free. If prompted, use your library card number for access.

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, practice tests, and art images. A partial list of content:

  • Biography and Genealogy
  • Britannica School
  • Federal Digital System
  • Health & Wellness Resources
  • Legal information resources
  • Michigana
  • Small Business Resource Center
  • World Book for Kids

Note: Some databases require your Michigan Driver’s License, some require your library member number, and a few require that you are on a computer in Michigan.

Ludington Daily News Archive 2/5/1998 through 9/30/2013

Find full-text articles (search powered by NewsBank) on news, issues, events, people, and much from the archived issues of The Ludington Daily News. 

Your library card registration number is required for access.

This Legal Help website was created to help people who have to handle simple civil legal problems without a lawyer. There are articles you can read to learn about a specific area of the law and tool-kits to help you prepare to represent yourself in court. Some forms are completed automatically once you answer simple questions.

The Michigan Legal Help website does not provide legal advice, and it is not a substitute for having a lawyer. If you need more help, you can search the website for a lawyer or community services in your area. The website does not cover all areas of law, but more information is being added all the time.

Google News Archive contains image files of thousands of newspapers. Of local interest are:

68 issues
Jan 10, 1879 – May 21, 1880
23,774 issues
May 18, 1870 – Dec 30, 2006
76 issues
May 20, 1897 – Mar 30, 1899
402 issues
May 23, 1901 – Dec 12, 1913
736 issues
Jul 27, 1901 – Dec 30, 1915

Click here to access the Archives.


HeritageQuest Online – This resource will change to MyHeritage on October 1, 2018

Census data, family records, banking records, military records, genealogies, local histories, and some serials. You can only access the database at the library. There is a feature to email your results to yourself. – This resource will no longer be available as of October 1, 2018

Billions of genealogy records, including census, death, marriage and military records. is available on library computers only.

The subscription databases are openly accessible to all patrons from either of our library locations. Home access to the subscription databases is limited to Mason County District Library cardholders only. Biology and Genealogy Master Index – This resource no longer be available as of October 1, 2018

Genealogy/History. Index only. Current, readily available reference sources, as well as the most important retrospective works that cover individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world.

World Vital Records

Access in the library, or in the home. Search over 5 billion Genealogy and Family History records and 28 million family trees including US and world censuses and images, military records, and 1 billion newspaper articles. Unique and exclusive local and world collections.

Find the best free genealogy resources for beginners and experts alike at Search for ancestors, build your family tree and much more. Click here.

Michigan Genealogical Death Indexing System

Offered by the Michigan Department of Community Health, search here for death records of Michigan residents who died between 1867-1897.

Local Ludington History

Information on Mason County, local town, historical settlements, early settlers, archeology, etc. available.

Find A Grave – Mason County

A searchable online index of Mason County’s 31 Cemeteries. Includes maps to locate each cemetery and pictures of each grave, along with birth and death information (as available). Users may also update site information.

Mason County Cemetery Index online

A Link to the index of the 31 Mason County Cemeteries. Information available is only what was inscribed on the tombstone. Survey and Indexing done prior to 1990. Cemetery listing courtesy of Additional information available at

For copies of local obituaries please contact: There is no charge for simple obituaries when full information is provided. Extended searches may require a charge.

Google Archives

Google Archives has many of the issues of the Ludington Daily News available online. Begin your search of Mason County obituaries with Google Archives.

History at Home: A Guide to Genealogy

A good how-to and guide for the average person who wants to start delving into family history. Includes links to website genealogy resources, ways to improve your genealogy skills, how to record your own current family’s history, and links to military sites with genealogy records.


A large, free database with over one billion indexed records online.


A service of our Chamber of Commerce: Our local SCORE Chapter provides free and confidential small business mentoring and is located within the Ludington & Scottville Chamber of Commerce office in the Mason County Airport building.

Click the either link below to access the page:

Business Plan Templates for an Established Business

Business Plan Templates for Startup Business

Purdue Owl

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and (they) provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction.

The consolidated, concise guide, below is a quick start and easy reference for proper research source citation.


Search the Michigan eLibrary Catalog

Browse and borrow inter-library loan items – books or DVDS – from participating MeL libraries! You do need your library card number to self-reserve.

MeL Books and Reading Gateway

This Gateway provides information about anything and everything about books. It tells you how to borrow a book from a MeL participating library, gives you suggestions on books tailored to your preferences, information about Michigan authors, and much more.

MeL YouTube Channel

YouTube videos to introduce various MeL services.

Notice: MeL is changing from Chilton to AutoMate on October 1, 2018. Updated resource links will be provided for your convenience!

Chilton Library Car Repair Information

A service of MeL, Chilton Library provides exclusive photographs, diagnostics designed by instructors, step-by-step repair procedures, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls and Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) for automobiles and light trucks in one easy-to-use web site.

Kids reading

Jim Trelease Website – The goal is to have children make friends with books, not enemies

Sesame Workshop – The mission is to help kids grow smarter, stronger, and kinder.

Storyblocks – Short video demonstrations of early literacy teaching techniques from the Colorado State Library.

U.S. Department of Education – Numerous resources for helping your child become a reader

Reading Rockets – Reading Rockets is a national multimedia literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.

Online Magazines with RBDigital

Download and read popular magazine titles on your computer or portable device.

Get the app and download to your tablet or phone: iOS | Android

Note: Visit the RB Digital website first and create an account –  You will need your library card number.

RB Digital

With your library card, you may sign up for an account to access these RB Digital resources at any time via a computer or mobile device.


You have access to a collection of over 7,000 downloadable audiobooks.

Online Magazines with RB Digital

Download and read popular magazine titles on your computer or portable device.

Get the app and download to your tablet or phone: iOS | Android

Note: Visit the RB Digital website first and create an account –  You will need your library card number.

Transparent Language

You can have unlimited access to more than 95 languages, with courses designed to build listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Packed with pronunciation practice, speech analysis, a grammar reference, writing activities, and vocabulary-building lessons, Transparent Language Online is accessible at the library, at home, or on the go on most Internet-connected devices, including Android™ tablets and iPads.

Here are some links to helpful documents from Recorded Books Digital:

MeL Business Reference

MeL’s Business Reference Desk is designed to point you to trustworthy online resources on a wide variety of topics.