Online Resources

We are pleased to offer our card account holders access to Transparent Language Online. Transparent Language Online features a scientifically proven methodology, the widest variety of high-quality learning materials, and seamless integration of real-life language used by native speakers, all packaged together in an easy-to-use interface. Available in over 100 languages!

To use Transparent Language, you do need a library card and an email address to create a Transparent Language account.

Transparent Language is offered in conjunction with Mid-Michigan Library League.

A service of Mason County District Library

Students, parents, and teachers – you have access to over 2,500 ebooks and World Book exclusive content. All content is simultaneous use, so everyone can read the same book at the same time. A mobile app is available which allows you to save ebooks to a smart device to access at any time.

Use the link below to get started. A personal account can be created, or you can use World Book as a guest. With a personal account, you can make notes, add bookmarks, and add favorites.

Click the logo to open World Book eBooks:

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Get inspiration! See:

Don’t stop at the eBooks! All of World Book Advanced is available as well.

Back to school is going to look different for everyone this year. It can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t know where to start. We’re here to help you cut through the digital clutter. Download this PDF file to find dozens of carefully selected sources for homeschoolers, State of Michigan requirements, MI homeschool groups, and virtual learning resources.

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In this time of social distancing, we have you covered! Ebooks and audiobooks are available for download through our website and with apps on smart devices. Mason County District Library offers OverDrive for ebooks and audiobooks (the Libby app is recommended).

To check out these resources, go to our website and look for Online Resources under Library, or click on the UpNorth Digital tab.

We are signing any Mason County resident up for an online account that asks!  Or, you may have an account, and not know the number. Either way, email Lisa ( with your name, address, and phone number to get an account, or to retrieve your account information.

MeL now features Britannica School as a database – a resource for student as the go-to site for research.  Britannica School offers thousands of up-to-date, curated, and curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, recommended Web sites, and three separate databases.

The separate databases are: Elementary, Middle School, and High School. Each has a wealth of knowledge to explore. Select an article and adjust its complexity with a single click while maintaining the age-appropriate look—ideal for classes of students at multiple reading levels! Read-aloud functionality and a font size changer are just a few of the features specifically helpful for students with special needs.

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. 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.

Test preps for auto drivers, CDL tests, and motorcycle tests are available. Spanish language tests (Examen de manejo de coche, y Examen de manejo de vehiculo comercial) are also available. A helpful FAQ section addresses questions residents might have about visiting their local DMV.

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Interlibrary Loans through Michigan’s MeLCat statewide system gives access to over 42 million items owned by over 400 Michigan Libraries.

MeLCat allows registered customers at participating libraries to search for, locate and request materials from a comprehensive catalog that includes the holding of libraries around the state. Items can be delivered to the Ludington Library or Scottville Library, usually within a few days. Available from the libraries or from your home, business or schools at, this service provides access to millions of items, including valuable local history materials, non-book items such as DVDs and music CDs, and lots more.

All you need is your Mason County District Library card registration number. For help with MeLCat, and with ordering materials, call (231) 843-8465.

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Search Databases by Name or Subject

MeL eResources opens the door to dozens of resources that are free and easy to search. Popular databases include:

  • A to Z Databases
    • Detailed information on 30 million businesses and executives and 2 million new businesses. Includes data on over 200 million residents as well as new movers/homeowners. Special features include a background and criminal history search. Information provided on U. S. healthcare professionals. Includes a jobs database and email marketing.
  • Auto Repair Source
    • Repair information and schedules, diagrams, parts and labor estimates, service alerts, and recalls. Covers thousands of domestic and imported vehicles.
  • Britannica School
    • Nonfiction content geared for K-12 students. Includes over 132,000 encyclopedia articles, 103,000 images, 7,500 multimedia elements, more than 27,000 eBooks, and novels and essays. Tools include translation for 50+ languages and read-aloud functionality. Includes Lexile ranges and alignment with Michigan Department of Education Academic Standards across a variety of subjects.
  • Consumer Reports
    • Provides clear reviews of commonly purchased products. Consumer Reports uses careful research, consumer insights, journalism, and policy expertise to help you inform purchase decisions. Also works to improve the products and services that businesses deliver, and drive regulatory and fair competitive practices.
  • LearningExpress Library
    • Includes a resume builder you can save, edit, and print. Over 700 courses, practice tests, tutorials, eBooks, and flashcards. Practice tests include ACT, SAT, PSAT and TOEFL, as well as trade certification, civil service, math and reading tests, and U.S. citizenship. Create a free account to access tools to help you do well on your college admissions tests and essay.
  • MasterFILE Complete
    • Broad collection of popular full-text magazines and reference books. Contains Consumer Reports. Covers subjects including: business, health, education, fitness, sports and leisure, personal finance, general science, multicultural issues, DIY, and fashion. Also includes photos, maps, and flags.
  • NoveList Plus
    • Contains information on over 260,000 fiction and readable nonfiction titles. Features lists of award-winning books, book discussion guides, Read-a-Like recommendations, and complete series information. Also includes reader ratings and reviews. Create your own reading wish list.
  • Referencia Latina
    • Spanish-language resource. Covers academic and non-academic subjects. Offers content from reference books, general interest magazines, health reports, and other sources. Daily updates from a dozen newspapers from ten Latin American countries and more than 2,500 health reports.

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

The Michigan 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.

MLH also has a Facebook page! Posts include informative articles and links concerning current legal concerns such as eviction and utility payments.

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 Search Link

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

Mason County Record

68 issues, Jan 10, 1879 – May 21, 1880

Ludington Daily News

23,774 issues, May 18, 1870 – Dec 30, 2006

Ludington Appeal

76 issues, May 20, 1897 – Mar 30, 1899

Ludington Record-Appeal

402 issues, May 23, 1901 – Dec 12, 1913

The Ludington Chronicle

736 issues, Jul 27, 1901 – Dec 30, 1915

Click here to access the Archives.

Billions of genealogy records, including census, death, marriage and military records. is available on the library’s internet only. You either come in and use a computer, or you can bring a laptop or mobile device to our library, and use the WiFi to connect. Our guest WiFi works in the parking lot at both branches, and we never turn it off.

MyHeritage (Library Edition)

Available through MeL eResources, this EBSCO database is available to Michigan patrons. The internet IP connection is what authenticates your connection, so you should not need to log in, and this database should be available from your home internet connection.

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 it is provided 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.


Auto Repair Source

A service of MeL, Auto Repair Source Repair provides information and schedules, diagrams, parts and labor estimates, service alerts, and recalls. Covers thousands of domestic and imported vehicles.

Back to School Resources for 2020-2021 – a curated list of resources developed by Scottville Library Director Patti Skinner.

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.