-Materials for Children, Teens, and Adults
-Books, Audiobooks, Playaways, eBooks, and Downloadable Audiobooks
-Movies (DVDs & VHS), Music CDs, and Magazines
-Fiction, Nonfiction, Biography and Manga
Ransom Library has newsletters for distribution regularly containing all of the recent and upcoming events being held at your library. Get your copy of the latest newsletter today! You may also check out our website for a list of programs going on now! Some programs are ongoing (such as the Book Discussion Group, Computer Classes, Teen Community Corps, and Children’s Story Time) and other programs are specialties!
Access your online library account by scrolling over "Library Catalog," then click "My Account." Just enter your library card number for your username and password. Once into your account, you may view your checked out materials and renew materials.
You may also reserve materials online. Just search our catalog, locate the item and enter your library barcode number for your username and password. This can also be done through our Catalog Computers in the library!
Order on MEL? Review your MEL Account and renew items! Go to www.mel.org, click MyMel to log in. Or go to MyMel directly to check for due dates, renew your MEL materials, and see the status of your requests. Just select your library (Ransom District Library) from the drop down list and login with your name and library card number.
Computers are available on a first come, first served basis. A library card and PIN number are needed to access computer services. Guest passes are available for library visitors. Children under age 18 need internet permission slips signed by a parent or guardian to gain access to the desktop computers. Guest passes will not be given to children without internet permission slips. Our walk-up registration system allows each user to have one hour of uninterrupted computer usage. A waiting list is available. Session extensions are possible if no one is waiting.
Printing is available for $0.10/page (black and white) or $1.00/page (color)
Log in today by selecting Ransom District Library and using your library card number. You may begin browsing materials immediately. However, to download materials and transfer them to your device you will need to review the QuickStart Guide. Please note that an email address will be required to download the software for accessing items and to place holds on checked out items. We recommend reviewing all of the links listed below as this is a new service.
SouthWest Michigan Digital Library Home Site
– We recommend bookmarking the SMDL Home page!
FAQ’s & Troubleshooting
Informational Handouts - Available at the Library!
New Book Alerts is a free online service that showcases the newest titles purchased by your local library. You can select to receive alerts via email and/or RSS feeds. If you see a new title that you are interested in, just click "borrow" to place a hold on the item right away.
Click here to see the New Book Alerts Page!
*New items added WEEKLY!*
(Email Newsletters sent out monthly.)
(Pin numbers are typically your library card number, so enter your library card number for both lines.)
What is Freegal?
Freegal is a downloadable music service from your library. All you need is your library card number and, if your library requires it, a PIN. Freegal offers access to about 3 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists. In total the collection is comprised of music from over 10,000 labels with music that originates in over 60 countries. There is no software to download, and there are no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions. Access to Freegal is limited to patrons of subscribing libraries.
Please also see: Freegal FAQ's.
Introducing Rocket Languages!
Your ticket to:
- Speaking with a perfect accent!
- Understanding when spoken to
- Cutting learning time up to 50%
- and having FUN while doing it!
About Rocket Languages for Libraries:
Our extensive range of products allows you to learn a language on your own terms and in your own time. With our comprehensive multi-media packages you will be speaking and improving your language skills with every lesson by taking part in the modern, everyday conversations that make up our Interactive Audio Course. In addition, you will learn to speak the language naturally with our language and culture lessons and you can also build on your vocabulary and improve your audio recognition of common words and phrases (and have fun at the same time) with our popular MegaGames range.
Local Historic Papers are now available electronically!
The electronic format, consisting of PDF files, is available on all patron computers. (Not available online.) The electronic papers are searchable (such a wonderful, time-saving feature!!) and can be printed. Currently, they include The Forwarder (1948-1949), The New Enterprise (1971), The Otsego Union (1970-2011), and The Plainwell Enterprise (1886-1974), The [Plainwell-Otsego] Union Enterprise (1974-2011).
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Add your email address to your child's account to get their overdue notices! It could help you keep track of their items and reduce fines! Just enter your child's name and/or library account number, your email, and the comment: "Add my email to my child's account!"
Ransom only emails you once a month or as needed for the following reasons:
-Ransom Reserve Notifications (As Needed)
-Interlibrary loan (MEL) Notifications (As Needed)
-Item Due Notices (As Needed)
-Overdue Notifications (As Needed)
-Ransom eNewsletters (Once a Month)
-Ransom New Book Alerts (Once a Month)
Get the "as needed" material circulation notices at your convenience and have clear written documentation of your materials!
What about your personal data?
There is no need to worry about your personal data. All hard drives will be wiped according to the Illinois EPA guidelines with our data destruction program that meets Department of Defense Standards. - NLERINC
Contact us for more details on any and all of these services!