Auto Repair Source: Service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls. Designed for touch-enabled devices such as laptops and tablets, AutoMate offers a user-friendly search experience and access to a wealth of information to help users diagnose, repair and maintain today’s complex vehicles. Diagrams and images can be easily magnified and printed.

This database provided by Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Driving-Tests.Org: In partnership with, we are able to offer free Michigan Driver Permit practice tests for both automobile and motorcycle. Getting ready to test for a license? Practice here first.

Small Engine Repair: Detailed yet user-friendly repair guides for all manner of small engines. All of the content is organized in an easy-to-use manner so that users can quickly find the information they need.

This database provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Business Resources

Small Business Reference Center: Offers coverage that addresses many small business topics from consumer small business reference books, business videos, help and advice section and how to create business plans.

This database provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Value Line Investment Survey: Value Line is a complete, multidimensional investment management solution that enables both new and experienced investors to make timely, better-informed decisions.

This database can be accessed both inside and outside of the library with a Spring Lake library card.

Consumer Information

Consumer Reports: As a Spring Lake cardholder, you have access to all of the content on including ratings and recommendations on thousands of products and services from appliances to computers to cars to personal finance.

Employment & Life Long Learning

GetSetUp: Hundreds of live online classes to keep you mentally, physically and socially active. Classes are interactive, easy to join, offered day and night and free for our community.

Learning Express Library: Computer skills, test preparation, job & workplace skills, and more. Create an account to start learning.

This database provided by Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

General Reference

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.

This database provided by Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

KDL What’s Next: Database to help you search books series fiction, developed and maintained by the Kent District Library.

Genealogy & History

MyHeritage: MyHeritage Library Edition is one of the largest, most internationally diverse genealogy databases of its kind. Access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos and other resources in thousands of databases that span the past five centuries.

This database provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Spring Lake Yearbooks: Includes full yearbook scans from Grand Haven High School 1927-1964 and Spring Lake High School 1966-2019. We are missing the years ’36, ’43, ’46, ’57, ’58, ’59, ’60, and ’61. Search for a specific student or click on “Full Index” on the bottom right to view everything.

Geography & Demographics

Demographics Now: Business and residential reference and research tool providing users with access to demographic data for the entire U.S. Ideal for supporting small business and local economic development activities. Identify untapped audiences and analyze shifts/needs of a given population.

This database provided by Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Digital Sanborn Maps: Created for insurance purposes from 1867-1970, these maps show select Michigan towns and cities in great detail.  This is a great resource for historical research. For SLDL cardholders.

Legal Information Reference Center: Designed to assist the general public in legal matters of all kinds. Coverage includes exclusive full text for many top consumer legal reference books, thousands of legal forms, and detailed how-to instructions covering a wide-range of legal issues. A majority of the full-text legal reference books are provided through Nolo.

This database provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Legal Source: Authoritative database for current issues, studies, thoughts and trends of the legal world. It is an excellent resource for attorneys, educators, business people, law librarians, students, paralegals and others involved with the law.

This database provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL). 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.

Ottawa County Legal Self-Help Center: The Legal Self-Help Center is located in the Ottawa County Circuit Court building. The LSHC is staffed by volunteers who can answer questions about court processes, provide forms, review forms for completeness, and provide information about community resources.

Library Catalogs

Grand Rapids Public Library Catalog: With a Spring Lake District Library card, you can check out materials from the Grand Rapids Public Library, but you have to check out and return the materials at their branches. Search to see if they own a book you’re looking for!

Kent District Library Catalog: With a Spring Lake District Library card, you can check out materials from the Kent District Library, but you have to check out and return the materials at their branches. Search to see if they have a book you’re looking for!

Bibliocommons: Our online catalog. Search the Spring Lake District Library and associated libraries for books, dvds, audiobooks, and more!

MeLCat: Did you know you have access to books in hundreds of libraries across the state of Michigan? If the book you want isn’t available at Spring Lake or other Lakeland Cooperative libraries, try a search in MeLCat to see if another library in the state can send it to you.

Magazines & Newspapers

Grand Haven Tribune: An online searchable archive of the Tribune with selected articles from 2005 and full archives from 2006-2020 is available and must be accessed from within the library.

Newspaper Source Plus: Provides coverage from newspapers, newswires, and news magazines. TV, radio transcripts, and ongoing daily updates from popular news sources are also included. Primary full coverage newspapers are The Washington Post and USA Today.

This database provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).