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  • Government Resources
  • Health and Wellness
  • Law and Legal
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  • Heritage Quest: Census data, family records and local histories and much more.
  • MeL Michigana: Michigan history research with the digital and audio materials. Over 50,000 items from many libraries and historical institutions in Michigan are included in this free online collection.
  • Ellis Island Online: Search immigration records.
  • Biography and Genealogy Master Index: Indexes current, readily available reference sources, and the most important retrospective works that cover individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world. Bibliographic citations only.
  • Family Search: Discover your family history. Explore the world’s largest collection of free family trees, genealogy records and resources.
  • Michigan Counties Histories and Atlases: The Michigan County Histories and Atlases Digitization Project is comprised of 428 digitized titles (many composed of multiple volumes) published before 1923.
  • Rootsweb: The Internet's oldest and largest FREE genealogical community. An award winning genealogical resource with searchable databases.
  • US GenWeb: Free genealogy and family history online made possible by the USGenWeb Project volunteers. Search free genealogy websites for your ancestors.
  • National Park Service Soldiers & Sailors Database: The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (CWSS) is a database containing information about the men who served in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War.
  • Michigan Vital Records: Michigan Department of Community Health - Birth, Death, Marriage and Divorce Records.
  • Shiawassee County Historical Society
  • Seeking Michigan: Seeking Michigan is home to a treasure trove of records, photographs, and maps. Visit this section for death records, state census records, and much more.
  • Shiawassee County History: Past and present history including city, village, township, famous citizens, railroad, aviation, county government, churches, and military.
  • Shiawassee County MIGenWeb: This information is primarily from volunteers and other researchers who want to share information.
  • Mid-Michigan Genealogical Society
  • GoodReads: Discover and share books you love on Goodreads, the world's largest site for readers and book recommendations!
  • What’s Next (Kent District Library): Help finding books in series, courtesy of Kent Public Library.
  • New York Times Bestseller: New York Times expanded bestseller lists.
  • Internet Movie Database: Information about movies, actors, film crews, tv shows, and video games and trivia, user reviews and forums.
  • All Music: Biographies of musicians, discographies, reviews, similar artists, and best pics.
  • Small Business Resource Center: Small business owners/entrepreneurs and general user. Learn how to start, finance or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how to guides, articles and websites.
  • Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce: A non-profit organization of over 550 member organizations that serves as a representative and advocate for small businesses in Shiawassee County.
  • BusinessDecision: Researchers and entrepreneurs are enabled to access comprehensive business-to-consumer market data. Detailed company profiles, product and brand information combined with investment reports, rankings and market share data allow users to better penetrate the consumer marketplace.
  • Gale Directory Library: Provides access to Ward's Business Directory of Private and Public Companies in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and Business Rankings Annual. Ward’s profiles over 113,000 U.S. companies, approximately 18,000 in Canada and approximately 33,000 in Mexico listing the industries in which it operates, names of top executives, number of employees, the type of company it is, and financial performance.
  • General BusinessFile ASAP: Analyze company performance and activity, industry events and trends as well as the latest in management, economics and politics. Access to a combination of broker research reports, trade publications, newspapers, journals and company directory listings.
  • MeL Databases - Kids: MeL Kids databases provide age appropriate and reliable resources that are fun too! Click here for the complete list of recommended databases for quality information.
  • Britannica School: Suite of Britannica School resources at four levels - Learning Zone, Elementary, Middle, and High. School code is MeL5. Each contains resources at the appropriate learning and skill level including primary sources in subjects such as people, countries, science, animals, current events, and biographies.
  • Britannica School Elementary: Grades 3-4. School code is MeL5. Find information on countries, animals, and people in articles, media, and a world atlas. Watch and learn with videos, games, and activities.
  • Scholastic BookFlix - Grades PreK - 5. An interactive experience that allows beginning readers to explore fiction and non-fiction designed to increase understanding and fluency. Increase comprehension and have fun at the same time! 
  • Early World of Learning: Early Elementary. Follow Trek and Taffy the cat around the world learning about colors, numbers and other fun things. Strengthen reading foundations with stories, activities and videos. Explore the Know It encyclopedia designed especially for early readers. Includes materials for educators.
  • eBook K-8 Collection: Fiction and nonfiction books you can read online - for school and for fun. Search for what you want. Picture books, homework topics, languages learning. Online help available too.
  • Kids InfoBits: K-6. A database developed especially for beginning researchers in Kindergarten through Grade 5. Featuring a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface, The curriculum-related, age appropriate content is from the best elementary reference sources and magazines. This database covers geography, current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.
  •  Homework links for all subject areas. Also includes videos and games.
  • NoveList K8 Plus: Find just the right book by subject, age, awards won, Lexile Reading levels, Common Core standards; even books made into movies, and much more.
  • Research In Context:  Includes the most-studied topics for grades 6-8 - literature, science, social studies, and U.S. and world history. Written specifically for middle schoolers this information comes from authoritative sources including Gale, National Geographic and Scholastic and is aligned to national and state curriculum standards. Designed to develop learning skills to launch 6-8 graders into high school and beyond. 
  • School Center:  Grades 4 through 12 skills improvement in math, writing and grammar, reading comprehension, social studies, and vocabulary and spelling through tests, eBooks, and tutorials. U.S. Constitution study and review. Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.
  • World Book Kids: Young learners. Contains eight major subject categories: Arts, History and Government, People, Places, Plants and Animals, Science and Mathematics, Sports and Hobbies, World Religions. Has three sets of activities divided into: Make It! Think It! and Be It! Has full-featured pictures, sounds and videos. Also includes a section for teachers.
  • Learning Express Library: Test Prep/Jobs/Careers. Seven interactive learning centers of academic and licensing/certification practice tests, elementary level testing for math and reading, and skills building tools. Click "More" for centers links. 
  • MichiganCAP: A statewide initiative supported by the Michigan College Access Network which provides free support for all students and families in Michigan to simplify the process of transitioning from high school to college and career.  This easy to use Web-based, personalized tools to insure that each step in the process of planning , applying and paying for college is completed successfully. You must create your own account.
  • U.S. Department of Education website containing information and resources on preparing, applying, and paying for traditional two-four year, vocational, and career colleges.
  • ERIC (free version): Recommended for: Educators, pre-service teachers and parents. ERIC provides ready access to education literature to support the use of educational research and information to improve practice in learning, teaching, educational decision-making, and research.
  • High School Equivalency Center:  Use tests, eBooks, and tutorials to assess and build your skill levels in reading, writing and math and prepare for the GED® Test in English and Spanish. Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.
  • Job & Career Accelerator: Everything you need for a successful job search. This innovative job hunting system enables users to explore, over 1,000 different occupations and match interests and skills with the career that’s best. It searches recent local and national job postings and job seekers can create professional resumes and cover letters as well as practice and master interviewing skills.
  • Learning Express Library: Test Prep/Jobs/Careers. Seven interactive learning centers of academic and licensing/certification practice tests, elementary level testing for math and reading, and skills building tools. Click "More" for centers links. 
  • Pure Michigan Talent Connect: Visit the official Pure Michigan site for job hunters seeking new careers & employers looking to post jobs & hire employees in Michigan.
  • Michigan Works: A workforce development association serving employers and job seekers throughout Michigan.
  • MLive Job Searching: Michigan jobs, Michigan employment, Michigan careers, Michigan work, Michigan part-time jobs.
  • Indeed: Indeed searches millions of jobs from thousands of company web sites, job boards and newspapers. One search, all jobs.
  • Jobs with the State of Michigan: Job postings for State of Michigan openings.
  • Health Insurance Marketplace: Learn how the health care law affects you at The official site of the Health Insurance Marketplace. See your health insurance choices.
  • Health and Wellness Resource Center: Recommended for: Students, Patients, Health Professionals. Mostly full text. Provides instant access to carefully compiled and trusted medical reference materials. Includes nearly 400 health/medical journals, hundreds of pamphlets and over 700 health-related videos
  • Health reference Center Academic: Recommended for: Students, Patients, Health Professionals. Mostly full text. Provides access to professional and personal health magazines, journals and reference sources.
  • MedlinePlus (free version): Recommended for: Patients and health professionals. Some full text. Covers all areas of medicine, including dentistry and nursing. From the National Library of Medicine.


  • Legal Forms: Copies of actual forms and documents in Word format are provided to help users with their legal needs – whether for business, personal or litigation purposes. Continuously updated to reflect current state laws, Gale LegalForms also includes a law digest, legal questions and answers and an attorney directory.
  • Michigan Legal Help: Created to help people handle simple civil legal problems without an attorney, this interactive website includes checklists, forms and articles about specific areas of law that assist users in preparing to represent themselves in court.
  • Michigan Legal Aide: Learning more about the law can help you understand and resolve your legal problems. In this section, you will find links to helpful information. Information is listed by topics and subtopics for easy navigation.
  • Thomas: The Library of Congress THOMAS site is the source for federal legislative information. THOMAS provides several options for finding bills, resolutions, and more.
  • League of Women Voters – Michigan: A nonpartisan political organization dedicated to Making Democracy Work through voter education, issue advocacy and citizen participation.
  • Official information and services from the U.S. government, including forms.

MeL Databases - Teens: MeL Teens databases provide reliable resources on all subjects. They are great for homework help or general information seeking.

Britannica High School:  High School and adult. School code is MeL5. Primary sources for quick facts and in-depth information on history, geography, people, places, science, and much more. Biographies, world atlas, countries comparison, articles and interactive resources are available.

Britannica - Middle School:  Grades 5-7. Homework help and discovery learning. School code is MeL5. Explore maps, photos, articles, famous people and places, compare countries, and tour the U.S.A.

Info Trac Student Edition: High School. Mostly full text. Updated daily. Over 1,300 titles cross searchable with eBooks. This database gives access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers, podcasts, and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more. Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.

Opposing Viewpoints: Middle school through college undergraduate and General user.  Full-text.  Features contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues. Continuously updated pro/con viewpoint essays, topic overviews, primary source documents, biographies, court-case overviews, periodical articles, tables/charts/graphs, and more. 

Learning Express Library:  General user, jobs/careers. Learning platform for GED practice tests, academic and licensing/certification practice tests, and elementary level testing for math and reading. Includes a section that takes users from job assessment to success on the job. A tutorial course series designed to help all learners succeed on the tests they must pass includes immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of practice test results. See these guides for job-specific resources in LearningExpress: Job Search Help Center and Career Road Map. Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.

Research In Context: Includes the most-studied topics for grades 6-8 - literature, science, social studies, and U.S. and world history. Written specifically for middle schoolers this information comes from authoritative sources including Gale, National Geographic and Scholastic and is aligned to national and state curriculum standards. Designed to develop learning skills to launch 6-8 graders into high school and beyond. 

Michigiana: Sources In Online U.S. History: Genealogy/history. This digital archive documents state history. Drawn from the Sabin Americana, 1500-1926 collection and other Gale sources, the archive provides access to a wide variety of documents: personal narratives and memoirs, pamphlets and political speeches, sermons and songs, legal treatises and children's books. Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.

Teen eBooks - Overdrive:  Visit the Digital Media Zone for teens.

Expanded Academic ASAP:  Junior and Community Colleges. Mostly full text. Magazine, newspaper and journal articles appropriate to college and university -level research from 1980 to the present. Updated continuously. All topics. Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.

Free streaming digital videos, music & audiobooks on your smartphone, tablet or computer!

Getting started

  • You’ll need your Community District Library card & a computer or device with an internet connection.
  • It’s easy to start using hoopla digital. Set-up instructions depend on how you’ll be using the service.
  • Streaming digital videos, music and audiobooks requires an internet connection.

Using a personal computer (Windows or Mac):

  1. Go to
  2. Click "Get Started" (at center of window) then enter your address and create a password.  Continue by choosing Community District Library as your library.  Next, enter your library card number & PIN (your library card PIN is the  last 4 digits of your phone number.)
  3. Hoopla digital is compatible with personal computers that use Internet Explorer 8 & above, Chrome, Firefox 8 & above, and Safari. First-time users will need to install the Widevine plug-in. Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge, as well as Internet Explorer on Windows 8 and 10, do not require you to install the plug-in. You will be prompted to install this free program.

Using a tablet, smartphone or mobile device (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android phone or tablet):

  1. Go to Apple App or Google Play store to download the free hoopla digital app.
  2. Click "Sign Up" (top right) and create an account with your email address & library card number (your library card pin is the last 4 digits of your phone number). Create a password. You can use the app to stream videos, audiobooks and music.

Browse & Check Out

  • Browse or use the search box to find a feature-length movie, television show, full-length album or audiobook of your choice. When you find a title, click "Borrow."
  • Each cardholder can check out up to 10 titles per month.
  • There are never any waiting lists. See a title and check it out!
  • After borrowing the item, go to "My Titles" and play or listen to your title. Enjoy!

Checkout Periods

  • Movies, TV Shows & Videos: 72 hours (3 days)
  • Music albums: 1 week (7 days)
  • Audiobooks: 3 weeks (21 days)

Need help?

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How many titles can I check out? You can check out up to 10 titles per month (any mix of movies, music or audiobooks). Counter resets on the 1st of the month.
  • How do I know how many titles I have left this month to check out?
    On a computer: Click on your email address (top right). Under Account Notes, you’ll see items borrowed this month and number of remaining items.
    Android app: Settings >> Account Notes >> Monthly Usage.
    Apple app: Settings >> Lending History.
  • Do I have to return my titles? Are there overdue fines? Don’t worry about overdue fines. At the end of your checkout period, the item is returned automatically and you won’t be able to play it.
  • Can I view titles offline? With the Apple or Android apps, you can temporarily download titles to view offline. If you watch on a computer, you’ll need an internet connection for the entire performance.
  • Does Hoopla work on the XBox 360, PS3, or Roku? At this time, Hoopla does not currently support these devices/platforms. However, Hoopla is working on increasing compatibility with more devices - check back for updates.

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