Online Resources

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.

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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.


Drivers Test Prep

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.

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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.

Michigan Legal Help

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 Search Link

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

Mason County Record

68 issuesJan 10, 1879 – May 21, 1880

Ludington Daily News

23,774 issuesMay 18, 1870 – Dec 30, 2006

Ludington Appeal

76 issuesMay 20, 1897 – Mar 30, 1899

Ludington Record-Appeal

402 issuesMay 23, 1901 – Dec 12, 1913

The Ludington Chronicle

736 issuesJul 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.

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

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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.


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.

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

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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.