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Online Resources

Online resources for: Automotive and Engines, Business and Finance, Digital Downloads, Employment and Jobs, Genealogy, Government, Health, Languages, Libraries and Catalogs, Literature and Reading, Local Interest, Newspapers, Periodicals and Magazines, Schools, and Taxes. The sites at the top of this list are for Michigan residents only. However, the sites listed further down the page are accessible to everyone!

Michigan residents or Michigan library or school access only.

Family History

  • MyHeritage Library Edition - Family history resource including more than 6 billion historical ?records from the United States, Europe, Latin America, and other regions. Includes the full USA federal census (1790-1940); census of England and Wales (1841-1901); U.S. World War II Army Enlistment as well as records of Union and Confederate Civil War soldiers. Over 2 billion family trees.

Journals & Newspapers

  • Consumer Reports - Provides clear reviews of commonly purchased products. Consumer Reports uses careful research, consumer insights, journalism, and policy expertise to help you inform purchase decisions. Also works to improve the products and services that businesses deliver, and drive regulatory and fair competitive practices.
  • Newspaper Source Plus - Includes millions of articles from newspapers, newswires, and news magazines. Offers television and radio transcripts and ongoing daily updates from popular news sources. Primary full coverage newspapers are The Washington Post and USA Today.

Life Skills

  • Auto Repair Service - Repair information and schedules, diagrams, parts and labor estimates, service alerts, and recalls. Covers thousands of domestic and imported vehicles.
  • LearningExpress Library - Includes a resume builder you can save, edit, and print. Over 700 courses, practice tests, tutorials, eBooks, and flashcards. Practice tests include ACT, SAT, PSAT and TOEFL, as well as trade certification, civil service, math and reading tests, and U.S. citizenship.
  • Small Engine Repair Reference Center - Repair guides for small engines and routine maintenance (tune-ups, brake service, etc.). Also includes guides on extensive repairs such as engine and transmission disassembly. Coverage includes lawn mowers, motorcycles, tractors, and snowmobiles. More than 450 full text reference books with photos and illustrations, information on more than 25 years of engine models, and coverage of more than 90,000 repairs. 


  • AtoZ DatabasesDetailed information on 30 million businesses and executives and 2 million new businesses. Includes data on over 200 million residents as well as new movers/homeowners. Special features include a background and criminal history search. Information provided on U. S. healthcare professionals. Includes a jobs database and email marketing.
  • MasterFILE CompleteBroad collection of popular full-text magazines and reference books. Covers subjects including: business, health, education, fitness, sports and leisure, personal finance, general science, multicultural issues, DIY, and fashion. Also includes photos, maps, and flags.


  • eBooks (public library collection) - Collection of over 44,000 reference books featuring titles for both adults and kids. Covers a wide variety of topics from self-help and fitness to cooking and personal finance. You may access the full text of these eBooks from your computer, or download titles to most popular portable devices.
  • MeLCat - More than 400 libraries participate in sharing their books and other resources. Use your local library card to order materials from other libraries in Michigan.
  • NoveListContains information on over 260,000 fiction and readable nonfiction titles. Features lists of award-winning books, book discussion guides, Read-a-Like recommendations, and complete series information. Also includes reader ratings and reviews. Create your own reading wish list. 

Online Resources for everyone:

Fantastic Fiction

New York Times Best Sellers

NPR Books

Reading Group Choices

*Community Links

Benzie Area Christian Neighbors (BACN)

Benzie County Area Website Directory

Benzie County Central Schools

Benzie County Chamber of Commerce

Benzie Senior Resources - Gathering Place Senior Center

Benzie County Government Center

Benzie County Visitors Bureau

Grow Benzie

Manistee County Council on Aging

Michigan Department of Human Services, Benzie County

Offices by State (


*Digital Downloads
Up North Digital Collection
Ebooks and Audiobooks available through OverDrive. Download these titles to your home computer for enjoyment, or transfer them to a portable device (eReader, Nook, mp3 player, etc.).

Download classic titles and borrow modern titles for free from Open Library. You can borrow up to 5 titles for 2 weeks each, either in-browser or as a PDF or ePub.

Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg is the place where you can download over 33,000 free ebooks to read on your PC, iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, iPhone, Android or other portable device.

Book Share
An accessible online library for people with print disabilities.

Transparent Languages
Transparent Language Online (TLO) is a language learning resource provided by the Mid-Michigan Library League.

Learn a new language!

  • 110+ languages (and growing!): Whether it's Spanish, French, Chinese, Arabic, or English, if they want it, we've (probably) got it. See available languages.
  • Customized learning path: Placements tests let learners see recommended courses and lessons for their level, or they choose their own content.
  • Focus on a specific skill: Listening, speaking, reading, and writing are all part of the language puzzle. Learners can pick any skills-based learning activity, select their desired vocabulary, and instantly launch a custom lesson.
  • Learn on the go: At the library, at home, and everywhere in between, access to lessons is possible on almost any device, including full-feature mobile apps for iOS and Android™ tablets and phones.

If you are a previous RBdigital user that had accessed Transparent Language Online through RBdigital, you will need to perform a password reset in order to gain access to your account and your learning history. This is a one-time password reset and when you come back to the Transparent Language Online login page, you will be able to access Transparent Language Online with your username and new password.

More information about performing a password reset can be found here:

You can also reach out to us at for assistance.

Talking Book Library

Betsie Valley District Library has applications for this wonderful service offered by TADL (Traverse Area District Library). You do not need to be legally blind to use the services. If standard print has become difficult to read for you, a friend, or family member, please call 1-877-931-8558.

The Traverse Area District Library has a branch known as The Talking Book Library which represents a free federal program for blind and handicapped persons. This library covers eight counties in northern Michigan, and Benzie County is one of them. The service includes a specific player, which a patron may use for as long as he/she wishes. Books are digitally recorded on cartridges or printed in Braille and mailed to patrons’ homes through the regular U. S. postal service. Best of all, this service is FREE -  there is no charge to mail materials to or from the library.

In order an active patron, one book or magazine is required to be checked out per year. The other request is that patrons return a book within 4 – 6 weeks. If a book is needed longer, there is a renewal process just like other libraries. As always, it’s best to return a book as soon as finished for others to read, and for the patron to receive more as well. Pick up an application at the Betsie Valley District Library.
Visit TADL Talking Book Library website at


Michigan Works
A workforce development association serving employers and job seekers throughout Michigan.

Pure Michigan Talent Connect
The official website for job hunters seeking new careers and employers looking to post jobs and hire employees in Michigan.

Unemployment Insurance Agency
Manages unemployment taxes and insurance.

Veterans Employment Services
Provides detailed information regarding Michigan jobs, careers and employment assistance for veterans.

Michigan Rehabilitation Services
Works in partnership with individuals with disabilities to prepare for and obtain employment, and helps employers find and retain qualified workers with disabilities.

Benzie Area Christian Neighbors
BACN offers a Computer Lab that is open daily to the public for resume building, education needs and job searches. A skilled aide is available during open hours to lend a hand to users with their needs and questions. Visit the link above to find current operating hours.

For more than a decade, the program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, offers 125 tutorials, including more than 1,100 lessons, videos, and interactives, completely free.

  *Genealogy and Local History
The Benzie Area Historical Museum, owned and operated by the Society, collects and preserves artifacts, photos, and stories about our past. The Museum is housed in an 1887 Congregational Church building and is on the Michigan State Register of Historic Sites. Visit their website at
There is also Benzie Michigan Genealogy Resources which furthers interest in genealogy through speakers, educational materials, and member interactions. BAGS meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of the month, April thru November, at the Benzie Area Historical Museum. As a courtesy, the Museum includes the BAGS programs on the Museum Events page at Genealogy Events.

The 1950's Census can be found at
The 1940's Census can be found at

Benzie County Cemetery Index and Tombstone Project

Benzie County USGEnWeb Archive
Marriage Records, Obituaries, Cemetery Indexes and more.

Benzie Area Genealogical Society (BAGS)

Benzie Area Genealogical Society Facebook

Benzie Area Historical Society and Museum

Benzie County Historic newspapers—Digitized courtesy of The Benzie Shores District Library

Benzie County Newspaper Index - MI Gen Web Archives

Ellis Island Passenger Records Search

Find A Grave

Traverse City Record Eagle—Obituaries


Village of Thompsonville
Village of Copemish
Cleon Township
Colfax Township
Springdale Township
Weldon Township

Benzie County
Manistee County

United States Government
Benzie County Census Information
Social Security Administration


Munson Community Health Library Online Trusted Resources
Munson's health information professionals recommend all of the resources on this page. Here you will find current, trusted information. strives to make information about recalls and safety-related news about drugs, medical devices, food, and consumer products accessible to everyone in a transparent, easily understandable way.

DuoLingo Free online language learning. Learn a new language with the world’s most downloaded education app! Duolingo is the fun, free app for learning 35+ languages through quick, bite-sized lessons. Practice speaking, reading, listening, and writing to build your vocabulary and grammar skills.


We are proud to announce that the Mid-Michigan Library League is providing the following digital resource to all member libraries: RB Digital Transparent Languages Online! With your library card, you may sign up for an account to access this resource at any time via computer or mobile device.

Transparent Languages Online offers the most comprehensive language-learning solution for libraries. With this flexible program, you can quickly and easily learn new languages using our wide variety of courses and activities.

To sign up, go to the website. In the upper right corner, select “Create New Account,” enter your patron barcode (call the Betsie Valley District Library to get your number) and follow the prompts to set up an account.
Chose from over 100 languages. There is also an extensive language program with paired English materials for speakers of 30+ languages, intermediate- and advanced-level courses, an American Citizenship Test Prep course, and more.

*Libraries and Catalogs
Betsie Valley District Library online catalog

MeLCat Order books, audiobooks, and other materials from libraries all around the state to be delivered to the Betsie Valley District Library. Search for items in libraries around the world.


*Local Interest
The Benzie County Calendar is a shared community calendar, providing events for multiple organizations.
Benzie Chamber of Commerce

Frankfort-Elberta Chamber of Commerce

Seeking Michigan
A comprehensive website where you can find links to guides and indexes to Michigan; online collections which feature a treasure trove of records, photographs, and maps. Visit this section for death records, state census records, and much more; and Michigan history!

*Newspapers, Periodicals, and Magazines
The Benzie Shores District Library's Benzie County Newspaper Archive
This database is a digital archive of many Benzie County newspapers (including the Benzie Record, Record Patriot, and Benzie Banner) from 1888-2012.

The Betsie Current

The Record Patriot

Manistee News Advocate

Traverse City Record Eagle

Chicago Tribune

Detroit Free Press Detroit News

Lansing State Journal

New York Times

Full-text editions of many newspapers are available at MeL (Michigan Electronic Library)

Benzie County Area Schools

Frankfort-Elberta County Central Schools 


Federal Taxes The IRS website contains printable tax forms and tax information for your federal income taxes.

State Taxes The Michigan Department of Treasury website contains printable tax forms and tax information for your Michigan state income taxes.

U.S. Department of Affairs, online resources for veterans and their families, including health, benefits, resources, and VA facilities.

Benzie County Veterans Services The Benzie County Veterans Office is located at the Government Center, 448 Court Plaza, Beulah, MI.

Upcoming Events
Betsie Valley District Library 2024 “Adventure Begins at Your Library" Teen Summer Reading Program! Jun 06, 2024 02:00 PM (US/Eastern) — Betsie Valley District Library
“Adventure Begins at Your Library” Children's Summer Reading Program! Jun 21, 2024 04:00 AM (US/Eastern) — Betsie Valley District Library
Digging the Past: Exploring Archeology with the BVDL Jun 22, 2024 01:00 PM (US/Eastern) — Thompsonville Fire Hall and Community Center Park Pavilion
Adventures with Critters! Story Hour Jun 26, 2024 11:00 AM (US/Eastern) — 14744 Thompson Ave., Thompsonville, MI 49683
Adventures with Creepy Crawlies! Story Hour Jul 03, 2024 11:00 AM (US/Eastern) — 14744 Thompson Ave., Thompsonville, MI 49683
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