Online Resources

In this time of social distancing and library closures – 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), and RBDigital for audiobooks and emagazines.

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.


Library of Michigan Website

The Library of Michigan site now houses government, legal and Michigan content that had been contained on MeL (Michigan Electronic Library).*


Content from the MeL Michigana Portal can now be found on the Library of Michigan site. In the “For the Public” section, you can find:

  • Michigan Materials,  including links to County Guides, Michigan Bibliographiss, Michigan Imprints from 1851-1876, Michigan Bibliographies and Michigan Digital Collections.


Content from the MeL Government Portal can now be found at the Library of Michigan site under “Government Information” in the “For the Public” section.

  • There is a Michigan Documents area, a Michigan Local Documents area, and a Federal Documents area.
  • On the Government page, a wealth of information can be found including links to the Library of Michigan’s ANSWER Catalog, the Catalog of Government Publications, Governing Michigan, the HathiTrust Digital Library and govinfo, a service of the U.S. Government Publishing Office. Links to state and federal government website archives are also available, as well as contact information for Government Documents staff at the Library of Michigan.


Content from the MeL Legal Portal can now be found at the Library of Michigan site under “Law Library” in the “For the Public” section.

  • Here users will find connections to Directories, Research Databases (including Governing Michigan), Research Guides, Statutes, Regulations and Decisions and contact information for the Law Library. Trending legal cases can be found in the “Top Information Links” area and include updates on current top legal concerns.

*Information from Liz Breed of the MeL Team, published in the Mid-Michigan Library League “News of Interest” newsletter, November 2018.

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.


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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 Activity Pass

For 12 years, The Michigan Activity Pass has offered library card holders access to free and discounted attractions around the state. In 2019 the program added 33 new destinations bumping its total to more than 450 locations.

The program is provide by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Michigan Recreation and Park Association and the Library Network.

Using the program

Library card holders access and print out Michigan Activity Pass discounts online.

To use the program, you would need to fill out basic information including your zip code and library branch.

The program then could offer you destinations based on the distance you want to travel. You could select any of them to get more information about the deal the pass provides.

Next you’ll be prompted to pick a date and time for your pass. Then, you would need to fill out an information sheet.

Afterwards, print out your pass and bring it along. The program said you will need to have your pass with you to get access.

The activity pass website can be accessed on your home computer or at one of our library branches. Note that you do need to register for a library card! Visit us to sign up for one now. Card registration information here:

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.


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

Kids’ Resources

Are you looking for help with school work or finding a new book to read? Find it here! We have fast, reliable online resources for homework and classroom activities.

MeL YouTube Channel

YouTube videos to introduce various MeL services.


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

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.

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.

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.