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Learn About the Digital Resources Available from PWPL

What's an App?  App is short for application. Apps are tools that you can use on your computer or handheld device to search for information, read a book, or learn something new, like a language--the same things people have done in physical libraries for generations.

All apps should work on your computer or device's browser. Some may require an additional free download from the app store for optimal use on a particular device.

Click on any of the following application buttons to access the services they offer. Contact a reference librarian at 906-226-4312 or 906-226-4311 or by email at to learn more.

Kanopy: An on-demand film streaming service, available to Peter White Public Library cardholders. This app features over 30,000 films with a focus on thoughtful content. Download the app and use your email and library card to get started.
LIFE Magazine eArchive: The LIFE eArchive is a searchable database featuring an extensive collection of the magazine, from its very first issue in November 1936 through December 2000.
Image Magill's Literary Annuals: Resource for students of literature and readers interested in learning more about a particular work or author.
Mango Languages: Mango provides a learning platform for 71 languages and cultures. Create your own free account to track your progress or log-in as a guest to explore the possibilities.

MeL: The Michigan eLibrary is 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, audiobooks, 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 Gateways include specialized resources such as those in health, business, and areas for kids and teens.
Merck Manuals and Merck Veterinary Manual: One of the world's most widely used medical and veterinary information sources. Available in print and online.
Musescore: This website is for sharing and finding open-source sheet music.
NYT: Enjoy complimentary access to the New York courtesy of Peter White Public Library and the Program for Public Libraries. When logged into one of our computers or accessing our wifi with your own device, go to When not in the library, use the offsite link. (Due to copyright issues, NYT articles published between 1923-1980 are not available using this program.)
Novelist Plus: provides a database to help search for what you want to read next. Now part of the MeL database suite, enjoy even more features.
Download Audio and E-books with a library card and the overdrive ap
Overdrive: Check out ebooks, audiobooks, and stream videos directly to your smartphone or tablet.  Our collection of Overdrive accessible titles is called Great Lakes Digital Libraries.  This app is free from the iOS app in the iTunes App Store and is also free as an Android app in Google Play.

Libby is the new app in town, introduced by Overdrive in the summer of 2017.  Libby works like the old Overdrive app, but provides a more streamlined experience for the user who downloads library materials from the Great Lakes Digital Library.  You can install Libby from Google Play or the Apple App Store.
You can learn more about using Libby to access our digital collection by watching a locally produced, 5-minute instructional video.

RBdigital: The world's largest newsstand of downloadable magazines (formerly Zinio).
Library of Congress Places 25,000 Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Online | the way of improvement leads home Sanborn Maps: Sanborn Maps provides digital access to 1793 large-scale maps of 339 Michigan towns and cities including Lansing, Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Traverse City, and nine maps of the City of Marquette as it grew between 1884 and 1946.
Image Value Line: This platform offers access to content found in the Investment Survey + 1,700, Small & Mid Cap stocks.
World Book Web World Book Online: Engaging, verified, and trustworthy digital resources for grades pre-K through high school.

For more library research tools, check out our Reference Department page.

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