Category: PDL Recommended

Explore the databases and resources provided by the Portage District Library.

PDL Recommended Databases
Wall Street JournalPDL Database

NEW Service! Access the Wall Street Journal from anywhere once you have created an account. Start here to get FREE access provided by the library. Your access will be available for 3 days, but you can extend that an unlimited number of times with the same username and password you originally created.

This database of newspapers provides content from Michigan and newspapers, including the Kalamazoo Gazette (back to 2005). It also contains articles from USA TODAY, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The Washington Post, and a wide variety of other papers. Genealogists will also find the America’s Obituaries & Death Notices collection very helpful. Most content is provided through the Michigan e-Library, including the Detroit News, Grand Rapids Press, and Traverse City Record Eagle, with the Kalamazoo Gazette content provided through the Portage District Library.

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Ancestry Library Edition contains federal census information, genealogies, and family histories. The world’s largest online family history resource with instant access to hundreds of years of history in billions of historical documents and millions of historical photos from all over the world.

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Mango LanguagesPDL Database

Mango Languages offers over 70 world language courses expertly designed to adapt to a diverse range of learning needs, styles, and backgrounds. This interactive learning experience is for all ages.

New York TimesPDL Database

Our All Access NYT digital subscription provides content from any computer or device after you create an account. This includes access to News, Games, Cooking, Wirecutter, and The Athletic.  Unlimited access will be available within the library. From home, you will need to start from here to get a Redeem code that will provide access for a 24 hour period. There will be no limit to how many codes you can use, so you can keep coming back to get more content.

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Scholastic TeachablesPDL Database
Scholastic Teachables offers printable activities for any subject: math, science, reading comprehension, STEM, writing, and more. Download printable lesson plans, reading passages, games and puzzles, clip art, bulletin board ideas, and skills sheets for students.
CreativebugPDL Database

Creativebug offers online video arts and crafts workshops and techniques. Learn how to paint, knit, crochet, sew, screen print, and more!


Explore pages from the Grand Rapids Press in PDF form from 2018 to the present. Peruse text from articles going back to 2000.


Peruse pages from the Kalamazoo Gazette in PDF form from 2018 to the present. Explore text from Kalamazoo Gazette articles going back to 2005.

Heritage HubPDL Database

Discover the premier collection of U.S. obituaries and death notices for genealogical research, 1704 – today.