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About MeL

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.

MeL Usage Statistics

2009-current statistics from the Library of Michigan and the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services for the MeL homepage and portals, 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 Portals include specialized resources such as those in health, business and areas for kids and teens.

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)

MeL Study

We routinely evaluate the Michigan eLibrary by surveying both users and non-users, including library staff. You can find the 2016 survey results at

The 2016 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

MeL Discovery Service Usability Testing

In 2016 the Library of Michigan conducted extensive usability testing of the discovery service, or homepage search box. This study resulted in interface enhancements that better serve the public. You can read a summary of our findings in Computers in Libraries, October 2016 in an article entitled: Encore Duet: How the Michigan eLibrary Tweaked Configuration Options to Improve the User Experience. For more information please contact Sonya Schryer Norris at 517-373-4457 or

Google Analytics

Currently we are using Google Analytics to analyze the audience of the website and improve our content. No personal information is collected from Google Analytics. For further information on the privacy policy concerning Google Analytics, please go here,


Our website does not host any form of advertisement.


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 and the Library of Michigan Foundation.