A-Z Resources



Agricola, (AGRICultural OnLine Access) is a bibliographic database produced by the National Agricultural Library. It consists of worldwide literature citations for journal articles, monographs, proceedings, theses, patents, translations, audiovisual materials, computer software, and technical reports pertaining to all aspects of agriculture and related fields.

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

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Alt HealthWatch

A full-text alternative health research database focused on complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. It offers the latest information about the evolving practice of holistic medicine and therapies. 

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

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Ancestry Library Edition (in-branch only)

This resource is only available from within a library building.

Research your family history with the library edition of the the world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource covering North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and more. Unlock the story of you with sources including censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, obituaries and maps.

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ASLdeafined New! Library Card Required.

American Sign Language (ASL) video lessons. The content is for anyone who wishes to learn ASL, regardless of age. It has been designed to instruct Deaf students, parents of Deaf children, and the community-at-large.


AtoZdatabases is the premier job search, reference and mailing list database. It includes 30 million business and executive profiles and 240 million residents. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives and much more. Examples of what you can use AtoZ for include:

  • Target local businesses that interest you and limit by geography, sales, industry, and more.
  • Locate physicians, dentists, and other health-related professionals.
  • Find local homeowners by neighborhood, income, and hobbies (and more) for a mailing campaign.
  • Contact new homeowners in your area and entice them to your business.
  • Locate competition in an area before selecting a location to operate
  • Download up to 1,000 business or household records into a single spreadsheet.

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

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Author Talks New!

Live and recorded discussions with bestselling authors and thought leaders.

Brought to you in partnership with the Library Speakers Consortium.

Auto Repair Source

Car troubles? Auto Repair Source provides the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls.

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

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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.

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Business Book Summaries

Provides concise yet comprehensive summaries of the best business books. With these summaries, professionals and students can keep up with the latest information in the business world and learn more effectively.

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

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Cadence newspaper, East Grand Rapids (1975-2008) Newspapers

The East Grand Rapids CADENCE weekly newspaper is available in the Digital Michigan Newspapers database.

You can search for an exact phrase by placing quotation marks around your search terms. For example: street beat

To search only within Cadence, use the search filters or browse by date here.

This digitization project was funded by the Meijer Foundation in 2022/2023 for the East Grand Rapids History Room. Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University did the digitizing. Cadence was founded in 1975 by East Grand Rapids residents Susan B. Lovell and co-founders Mary Abbott Cumming, Susan Ryan and Gini Mulligan.

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Consumer Reports

Get full access to all of the valuable content on ConsumerReports.org, including ratings and recommendations on thousands of products and services in categories such as appliances, cars, electronics and computers, home and garden, health and fitness, babies and kids, food, personal finance, and travel.

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Get a one-of-a-kind perspective on daily life and culture, including the background, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people. Individual reports cover 200+ countries, all 50 United States, and the Canadian Provinces.

View a guided tour of this database.

CultureGrams: Kids Edition

A collection of country reports that teaches upper elementary-aged children more about the world around them. Each report is an indispensable resource of up-to-date, engaging cultural information, complete with images, historical timeline, fun facts, and sections on history, population, "life as a kid," and more.

View a guided tour of this database.



Start preparing for your driver's knowledge exam online! Driving-Tests is designed to help aspiring as well as more experienced drivers (teenagers, newcomers, renewal applicants or senior citizens). Tests can be accessed from any computer or mobile device. Includes official state driver's manuals, online practice tests for car, motorcycle and commercial driver's license (CDL), an exam simulator, and a DMV-related FAQ.

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eBook High School Collection

The collection aligns with Common Core guidelines for grades 9-12 in English language arts and literacy, history/social studies, science and technical subjects.

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

eBook K-8 Collection

This collection aligns with Common Core guidelines for grades K-8 in English language arts and literacy, history/social studies, science and technical subjects.

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

eBook Public Library Collection Ebooks

Includes general reference ebook titles in a variety of subjects and topics including social sciences, language and literature and science and technology. A substantial selection in the areas of self-help, health and fitness, games, crafts and hobbies, medical, cooking and religion. Also features recreation and leisure, geography, commerce, finance, the family, marriage, women, folklore, social and public welfare and home economics.

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

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Explora for Elementary Schools

For elementary school libraries. Content from children’s magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedia entries, and images. Students can learn about animals, musicians, fitness, space exploration, and much more.

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).


Freegal Music+ Music Library Card Required.

Freegal Music+ is a free music service which offers download or streaming access to more than 18 million songs including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists. In total, the collection is comprised of 200 genres of music from over 100 countries.

To access your Freegal benefits, login with your library card number. Freegal works with almost all computers, tablets, and smartphones. Apps are available in the Apple store, Google Play store and Amazon.


Gale Business: DemographicsNow

Robust and highly-detailed demographic data that's ideal for gaining consumer and market insight as you consider opening a business; finding an untapped audience for your products; analyzing the shifts and needs of a given population and more. Quickly produce a variety of compiled reports to help you make informed and accurate decisions.

View video tutorials on how to get the most out of this database.

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

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Gale eBooks Ebooks

Gale eBooks is a database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7.

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Gale in Context: Biography

A single stop for biographies on notable figures in literature, science, history, government, business, art, gender and multicultural studies, religion, entertainment, popular culture, sports and much more. Includes full-text magazine and newspaper articles and photos.

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Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints

A one-stop source for information on hundreds of today's hottest social issues, featuring continuously updated viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into an engaging and user-friendly online experience.

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

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Gale Legal Forms – Michigan

Federal, state, business, personal, real estate and general forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues. Topics include: divorce, wills and estates, bankruptcy, power of attorney, name changes, incorporations and more. Please consult an attorney in your state for serious legal matters.

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Grand Rapids Press Newspapers

Daily newspaper serving all of West Michigan. Updated daily, it includes local news, obituaries, editorials, announcements, sports, real estate and more. Browse or search full text from 2000 to current.

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Hoopla Audiobooks Ebooks Movies & TV Music Library Card Required.

Borrow digital movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone — and even your TV. With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. Choose from hundreds of thousands of titles, with more being added daily.

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iVOX: Books That Move Ebooks Library Card Required.

iVox is an interactive storybook app for children ages 4-8. Designed for little hands and big imaginations, iVox brings favorite stories to life with 3D characters and scenes that children can explore. Confident readers can practice their skills in a new and fun way, while emerging readers will be helped along the way with engaging narration.

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Kanopy Movies & TV Library Card Required.

Find movies, documentaries, foreign films, classic cinema, independent films and educational videos that inspire, enrich and entertain. Enjoy an ad-free experience on your TV, mobile phones, tablets and online.

KDL Stump the Librarian Podcast

Where your friendly neighborhood librarians put their research skills to the test answering questions from you, the listener! Join Jill and Liz every other Wednesday to learn new and exciting information. Think you have a question that can stump us? Visit www.kdl.org/stump to submit a question of your own!

KDL Vibes: Local Music Music

The mission of KDL Vibes is to provide a platform to support local artists and provide exposure to listeners in the community. West Michigan’s musical culture is diverse and always growing, but not always easy for everyone to access. KDL Vibes is here to help our patrons discover a wealth of today’s local music, support local artists, and support our music community as a whole.

KDL Vibes has a jury of music community leaders and library staff that select a diverse array of musical styles to create a soundtrack for Kent County and beyond. We license music from local artists to make 40 to 50 new albums available for free streaming and download each year. Anyone can stream the albums for free, and library cardholders can download and keep anything in the Vibes collection.

Through KDL Vibes, you can:

  • Explore digital collections of current local music
  • Create a streaming playlist of your favorite tracks
  • Download music to your computer or device


LearningExpress Library

A completely interactive online learning platform providing instant access to a comprehensive collection of test preparation tools, skill-building materials, and career resources. Includes over 1,000 online practice tests and interactive skill-building tutorials to prepare for the GED, ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, and MCAT tests, as well as AP exams and professional certification and licensing tests in a range of occupations.

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

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Legal Source

Providing indexing and full-text coverage of the most respected scholarly law journals, Legal Source is the authoritative database for current issues, studies, thoughts and trends of the legal world. It is an excellent resource for attorneys, educators, business people, law librarians, students, paralegals and others involved with the law.

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

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Literary Reference Center

This robust full-text database provides the most relevant information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. It gives students, teachers and librarians a complete foundation of literary reference works to meet their research needs.

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

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Little Pim

Powered by Mango Languages, Little Pim is a fun and convenient way to introduce a child to a foreign language in a way they can understand and enjoy. Courses are available in nine foreign languages as well as English/ESL.


MAS Complete

Designed specifically for high school students, MAS Complete is a full-text database providing hundreds of popular high school magazines and reference books. Covering subjects such art, history, sports and music, it also includes thousands of biographies and primary source documents, plus over a million photos, maps and flags.

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Magazine list | Subjects | Other sources

Michigan eLibrary (MeL)

An anywhere, anytime library available free to all Michigan residents. Contains a variety of databases, recommended web links, the Michigana digital Michigan history collection, and online resources for educators that are tied to the state curriculum standards.

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Middle Search Plus

A full-text database providing popular middle school magazines and reference books. Covering subjects such as history, current events, science and sports, it also includes thousands of biographies and primary source documents, plus over a million photos, maps and flags.

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Magazine list | Subjects | Other sources


MyHeritage Library Edition is one of the largest, most internationally diverse genealogy databases of its kind. Access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos and other resources in thousands of databases that span the past five centuries.

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

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NoveList K-8 Plus

Find just the right book by subject, age, awards won, Lexile reading levels, Common Core standards, books made into movies, and much more. Read reviews, learn about the author and create your own reading wish list.

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

NoveList Plus

Don't know what to read? Start your journey here. Search by author, title, series, plots, or even books like the one you just finished. Browse lists of award winners, lists of genres, and lists based on age. Create and save lists of your own favorites. Find book discussion guides and more. In addition to fiction, includes suggestions for audiobooks and nonfiction.

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Online Book Clubs

Get the first few chapters of a book emailed to you weekly. Every day, Monday through Friday, you will receive in your email a five-minute selection from a book in your selected genre. By the end of the week, you'll have read two to three chapters, enough to know if you “just-have-to” finish the book. Choose from 12 different genres, with new books featured each week.

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Geared toward grades pre-k to 3rd grade, this early literacy and learning tool features animals (including dinosaurs) and social studies sections. Easy-to-navigate visual interface for emerging readers.

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Primary Search

Popular children’s magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedic entries and a vast image collection. Students can learn about a variety of topics, including endangered species, famous musicians, fitness and space exploration.

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Magazine list | Subjects | Other sources


Read It!

Designed for middle and high school students and adults who have a basic foundation in English grammar and reading but need adapted reading material for a variety of subjects. It offers resources to help build background knowledge, conduct research and improve study skills.

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

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Rosetta Stone Library Card Required.

Rosetta Stone offers libraries and their users the proven immersion method that more than 20,000 schools and 9,000 businesses have trusted for over the last 20+ years. The award-winning interactive approach has been used by millions of learners around the world and now is accessible in the library or anywhere, anytime.  Create a Rosetta Stone account with your email address to get started.

How To Setup the Mobile App
    1. On your mobile device, download the "Rosetta Stone: Learn Languages" app.
    2. Do not launch the app. First, use KDL's custom link to the Rosetta Stone login portal (e.g. by clicking the title above, or any Rosetta Stone link on KDL's website).
    3. On the login screen, enter your email, password and the language you wish to learn.
    4. Click Sign In.
    5. From the landing page, click "Launch Rosetta Stone Foundations".
    6. The Rosetta Stone app will open automatically.
    7. This process is only required once to setup the app on your device. After the first time, you can launch the app the normal way (by tapping the icon on your mobile device).

Rosetta Stone (Español) En Español Library Card Required.

Aprende más de 24 idiomas. Puedes estudiar en tu celular, tableta o computadora. El programa es interactivo y ofrece tutores por internet.


Science Reference Source

Contains material from science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources. More than 4,000 full text, full-length biographies. Includes: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, the environment, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, and wildlife.

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).




World Book Early Learning

A wealth of resources to help preschoolers and children in the early grades grasp critical early childhood themes. Strengthen reading foundations with stories, activities and videos. Explore the Know It encyclopedia designed especially for early readers. Also includes materials for educators.

Get more out of this database by viewing its video tutorials.

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

World Book Kids

Online version of the popular World Book Encyclopedia. Features easy-to-read articles and a wealth of engaging multimedia, games, science projects, interactive tools, and activities.

View video tutorials on how to use World Book Kids.

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

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