JDL Opening

JDL is open! Patrons are allowed into JDL branches for 1 hour per day and may browse materials on the shelves. Public computers are also available for patron use for 55 minutes at a time during Phase II.

Patrons can still place holds via a phone call or text to your local branch and pick up materials in a no-contact pick up area with JDL Takeout services. Click the link here to watch a short informational video on how JDL Takeout works.


PLEASE NOTE: Brooklyn Branch is temporarily closed for renovation

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CON  10-6 1-6 10-6   1-6 10-2 
EAS 9-8 9-8 9-8 9-8 9-6 9-5 1-5
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HAN 1-7   10-6 1-6  10-2
HEN   10-7   1-6   1-6   10-2
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PAR 10-7   1-6   1-6 10-2
SAR 10-6 10-6 10-6 10-7 10-6 10-3
SPT   10-7   1-6 1-6 10-2
SUM 10-8 10-6 10-8 10-6 10-6 10-5


If you have questions about your individual account please call 517-788-4087 or email our staff at onlinereg@myjdl.com.


Library updates will be posted on our website and on our social media pages:




Our website is always open with e-books, audiobooks, movies, music, children’s resources and many research sources available for download at www.myjdl.com. JDL’s digital library is open at www.myjdl.com/download-and-stream for e-books, audiobooks, movies, music and more. We have children’s resources like BookFlix and TumbleBooks at www.myjdl.com/kids. We have research sources available with your library card including Mango Languages to learn a new language, Ancestry for researching family history, ReferenceUSA for business and consumer data and far more at www.myjdl.com/research.

Below are the JDL Pandemic Re-Opening Plan and the Safety and Preparedness Plan for staff to review as needed. These are both fluid documents and may change from time to time.

JDL Pandemic Re-Opening Plan

JDL Safety and Preparedness Plan

We are sorry for the inconvenience of this closure and appreciate your patience as we work to re-open your libraries. After being closed we have some cleaning to do. Please stay safe and healthy.

Resources for the reader

Find your next great read, or dig deeper into the books you already love.


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BookFlix – Thematically paired fiction and nonfiction titles designed to bridge learning-to-read and reading-to-learn. Animated classic storybooks introduce early learners to the delights of reading while sparking curiosity, creating a natural springboard into the paired nonfiction text for deeper discovery.
Bookletters – Great resource for finding the latest bestsellers and award winning books. See the BookLetters lists.
Books in Print Professional Edition – online book, audio book, video, and publisher information source.
Gale Virtual Reference Library – Literary related selections from a collection of over 60 Reference eBooks that can be cross-searched, browsed, and viewed on your most tablets, eReaders, or web browsers.
Novelist Plus – Assists fiction readers in finding new authors and titles.

Romance Book Cloud – A huge collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd!
Tumble Audio Books – All ages audio book database
TumbleBook Library – TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books converted from existing picture books.
TumbleBook Library – EBook Read-Alongs highlight the sentences as they are being read, and offer an innovative reading experience for new readers.
 Worldcat Discovery – Books, journals, videos, music scores and recordings, maps, and other materials in over 10,000 libraries around the world. Also includes about 30 million journal and magazine articles.


Help for students at every level

Your source for scholarships, educational resources, and homework help.

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General Homework & Research Resources

tutor.com – All JDL patrons have access to a really helpful service at tutor.com. This is a website that gives one-on-one support for students and job seekers. It is a wonderful resource to all parents with kids attending virtual school, homeschoolers, teachers and students doing homework at home
Career Cruising – Designed to help students, recent graduates, or anyone looking for career pathways assess their skills, develop a career plan and explore career and college options.
Grolier Online Kids – An encyclopedia oriented toward K-12 students.
LearningExpress Library – Offers over 700 courses, practice tests, tutorials, eBooks and flashcards. Practice tests offered include ACT, SAT, PSAT and TOEFL as well as trade certification, civil service, math/reading tests and citizenship.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context – Designed to aid students in the study of today’s hottest social issues.
EBSCO eBooks K-8 The eBook K-8 Collection contains titles chosen to support a quality learning experience for K-8 students across all subject areas taught in elementary and middle schools, and content aligns with Common Core Curriculum Standards (for participating U.S. states). The collection also features a selection of teacher resources to support educators and administrators. Full-text titles: 12,450+.
EBSCO eBooks High School – Specifically for high school students and educators, this collection offers full-text eBook coverage that aligns with school’s curricula as well as complements EBSCO’s other eResources. There is a selection of teacher resources and titles align with Common Core Curriculum Standards. Full-text titles: 9,800+.
EBSCO Education Source – Provides scholarly research and information for education students, professionals and policy makers. Covers all levels of education – from early childhood to higher education – and educational specialties such as multilingual education, health education and testing. Total titles indexed: 3,500+; Full-text titles: 2,000+.
EBSCO ERIC – ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) is an authoritative database of indexed and full-text education literature and resources. Sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education, it is essential tool for education researchers of all kinds.
EBSCO History Reference Center – Covers U.S. and world history topics and features historical reference books, magazines and thousands of primary source documents. Total titles indexed: 150+; Full-text titles: 145+.
EBSCO Library & Information Science Source – Journals and periodicals that help librarians and researchers keep pace with the latest trends in the field. Total titles indexed: 2,200. Full-text titles: 470+.
EBSCO Literary Reference Center – Covers broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. Wide range of subjects covered including plot summaries, literary criticism, book reviews, classic and contemporary poems, short stories and novels, and author interviews. Total titles indexed: 460+; Full-text titles: 380+.
EBSCO MAS Complete – Designed for high school libraries and offers coverage of popular high school magazines and reference books. Wide range of subjects offered including art, history, sports and music. Over 1,000,000 photos, maps and flags. Total titles indexed: 690+; Full-text titles: 550+.
EBSCO MasterFILE Complete – Content from popular full-text magazines, reference books and other highly-regarded sources. Covers wide range of subjects including business, health, fashion, sports, and personal finance. Total titles indexed: 3,400+; Full-text titles: 2,300+.
EBSCO Middle Search Plus – Middle school magazines and reference books including thousands of biographies, primary source documents, over a million photos, maps and flags. Subjects covered include history, current events, science, spots and biographies. Total titles indexed: 200+; Full-text titles: 170+.
EBSCO Poetry & Short Story Reference Center – Coverage includes classic and contemporary poems as well as short stories, biographies and authoritative essays. Total titles indexed: 155; Full-text titles: 155.
EBSCO Points of View Reference Center – Presents multiple sides of an issue. Helps students assess and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues and develop analytical thinking skills.
EBSCO Primary Search – Children’s magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedia entries, and an image collection designed for elementary school libraries. Total titles indexed: 115+; Full-text titles: 95+.
EBSCO Professional Development – Specialized database of full-text electronic information especially for educators, professional librarians and education researchers. Total titles indexed: 725+; Full-text titles: 460+.
EBSCO Science Reference Center – Full-text science magazines, encyclopedias, reference books, and a collection of images. Total titles indexed: 220; Full-text titles: 200+.
EBSCO Academic Search Complete – Coverage on a wide range of topics. Includes peer-reviewed full text for STEM research, as well as for the social sciences and humanities. Total titles indexed: 17,100+; Full-text titles: 8,900+.
EBSCO AGRICOLA – Contains records from the USDA’s National Agriculture Library and provides millions of citations relating to the field of agriculture.

EBSCO Applied Science & Technology Source – Full-text and indexed content covering the full spectrum of the applied sciences and computing disciplines from acoustics to aeronautics, neural networks to nuclear engineering. Total titles idexed: 3,600+; Full-text titles: 1,200+.
EBSCO Art & Architecture – Full-text art research covering fine, decorative and commercial art, as well as architecture and architectural design. Strong international coverage with hundreds of full-text art journals, magazines and books, plus detailed indexing, abstracts and thousands of images. Total titles indexed: 1,600+; Full-text titles: 780+.
EBSCO Caribbean Search – Full-text content pertaining to the countries and people of the Caribbean. Created in conjunction with Caribbean librarians and researchers. Total titles indexed: 140+; Full-text titles: 120+.
EBSCO Central & Eastern European Academic Source – Multidisciplinary and multilingual resource covering a variety of subject areas including history, business and law. Total titles indexed: 590+; Full-text titles: 570+.
EBSCO Environment Complete – Offers coverage for students and scholars in the areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy and affiliated areas of study. Total titles indexed: 2,100+; Full-text titles: 1,000+.
EBSCO Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition – Provides researchers, allied health professionals, nurses and medical educators access to full-text scholarly journals focusing on many medical disciplines. It provides indexing, abstracts and full-text for hundreds of nursing and allied health journals, many of which are peer-reviewed. Total titles indexed: 800+; Full-text titles: 300+.
EBSCO Humanities Source – Covers literary, scholarly and creative thought. Ideal for students, researchers, and educators interested in any aspect of the humanities. Total titles indexed: 3,000+ Full-text: 1,400+.
EBSCO Psychology & Behavioral Health Collection – Covers a broad range of subjects in the fields of psychology, behavioral sciences and related disciplines. For psychologists, counselors, researchers and students. Total titles indexed: 500+; Full-text titles: 490+.
Gale Virtual Reference Library – a collection of over 60 Reference eBooks that can be cross-searched, browsed, and viewed on your most tablets, eReaders, or web browsers.
Tumble Math – K-6 math ebook database
EBSCO Vocational Studies Premier – Designed specifically for the research needs of two-year colleges. Scholarly content most relevant to vocational programs. Wide range of subjects covered including counseling, biotechnology, cosmetology, fashion design, forensics, graphic arts, health information technology, law enforcement, and veterinary assistant. Total titles indexed: 1000+; Full-text titles: 960+.

Computer Skills

GCF LearnFree.org – Learn the essential skills you need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 180 topics, including more than 2,000 lessons, 800+ videos, and 55+ interactives and games, completely free.
GCF LearnFree.org – Technology Basics – Free computer tutorials on basics, email, MAC, Windows, devices, cloud usage, social media. Also in Spanish at the sister site, GCFAprendeLibre.org, which is based in Colombia and offers technology, reading, math, and life skills in Spanish.

Learn A Language

Transparent Language Online – Over 80 different languages available to learn, including 24 “English-As-A-Second-Language” courses for those looking to learn English.


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Kids & Teens eReading Graphic

This user-friendly page contains eBooks, audiobooks, comics and graphic books. Browsing can be done by subject, reading level or interest level. Check it out!


Cool Books for Kids 4-8

Cool Books for Kids 9-12

Additional e-Book choices for kids:

Tumblebooks offers animated talking picture books for kids.

BookFlix – Thematically paired fiction and nonfiction titles designed to bridge learning-to-read and reading-to-learn. Animated classic storybooks introduce early learners to the delights of reading while sparking curiosity, creating a natural springboard into the paired nonfiction text for deeper discovery.

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