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Located on the Upper Level of the Peter White Public Library, reference staff can assist with navigating our collections, databases, and other resources to find what you're looking for and answer your questions. Reference staff also provide passports, proctoring, and research services. For more information, call 906-226-4311 or email


Ancestry Library Edition:   **Ancestry is available from home until September 30, 2020**

Available from Ancestry are approximately 4,000 databases, including key collections such as U.S. Federal Census Images and indexes from 1790 to 1930; the Map Center containing more than 1,000 historical maps; American Genealogical Biographical Index (over 200 volumes); Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage (over 150 volumes); The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1630; Social Security Death Index (updated monthly); WWI Draft Registration Cards; Federal Slave Narratives, and a strong Civil War collection.

Consumer Reports
Michigan Legal Help Center:  The Michigan 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 toolkits to help you prepare to represent yourself in court and file online.
*Library staff cannot give legal advice



Great Lakes Digital Library:  Check-out and download audio books and e-books from the Great Lakes Digital Library with your PWPL library card.  Use the Libby App or the Overdrive App.
Google News Archive
Kanopy: On-demand film-streaming service. Features over 30,000 films with a focus on thoughtful content.
Library of Congress Chronicling America
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. The Michigan eLibrary offers access to many databases and subscriptions on topics including consumer reports, health, academic subjects, car maintenance, education, business and more.
Mango Languages: Learn new languages and connect with new cultures.
Magill's Literary Annuals:  Resource for students of literature and readers interested in learning more about a particular work or author.
Merck Manuals  and Merck Veterinary Manual: One of the world's most widely used medical and veterinary information sources. Available in print and online.

New York Times Digital Subscription:  Enjoy complimentary access to courtesy of PWPL and the Program for Public Libraries.  When not in the library, use the offsite link. (Due to copyright issues, NYT articles published between 1923 and 1980 are not available via this program.)
Musescore: Website for sharing and finding open-source sheet music
Novelist Plus:  Great tool for selecting reading material.  Learn more about your favorite authors and discover more authors similar to your favorites.
RBdigital:  Download magazines and read on any device.
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.



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