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Michigan Legal Help: The Michigan Legal Help web site was created to help people who have to handle simple civil legal problems without a lawyer. There are helpful articles you can read to learn about a specific area of the law and toolkits and checklists to help you prepare to represent yourself in court. Automated forms can be completed when you answer simple questions. If you need more help, you can search for a lawyer or community services in your area.


Gale Legal Forms: Provides a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's language.

Small Business Resource Center: Search this database to learn how to start, finance or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how to guides, articles and web sites.


Chilton Library Auto Repair Information: The Chilton Library provides exclusive photographs, diagnostics designed by instructors, step-by-step repair procedures, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls and Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) for automobiles and light trucks in one easy-to-use web site. Since this library subscribes to ChiltonLibrary, you are now equipped with decades of data to maintain your vehicle.     (*For remote access enter: hapl)


Watch a Film Anytime...Anywhere

The Mason County District Library and the Hart Area Public Library are now offering patrons access to IndieFlix which streams thousands of award-winning films from festivals around the world. IndieFlix is dedicated to providing a forum where filmmakers and their audiences can interact, and to building a community that translates artistic vision into commercial success. IndieFlix promises to build a fair and open market to empower filmmakers to be the engine of their achievement, and audiences to be a vital part of a movie's success. We believe that every good movie has an audience.

IndieFlix movies are provided by the West Michigan Library Partnership, cooperating to bring quality library services to Mason and Oceana Counties. For more information or questions please contact a member of the HAPL Staff at librarian@hartpubliclibrary.org.  All you need is a library card!


Digital Magazines are Here

Are you interested in accessing free digital magazines on your computer, iPad, Kindle or other mobile device? You're in luck!  In another West Michigan Library Partnership (WMLP) project, the Mason County District Library and the Hart Area Public Library are pleased to announce the introduction of Zinio, a new online service designed specifically for use by the patrons of public libraries.  Our libraries purchased more than 100 subscriptions to popular and specialty magazines on Zinio, a digital newsstand platform.

Access to the magazines is available on any Internet-enabled device, through our web page which you can bookmark. You will be asked to enter an email address and your library card number. After entering your information, you will be directed to create a free account on Zinio. Once the account is created, you will have unlimited access to view all of the magazines in their entirety for free.

Check out this short video tutorial on how Zinio for libraries works, or take a look at the Zinio User Guide. 

Zinio Digital Magazines are provided by the West Michigan Library Partnership, cooperating to bring quality library services to Mason and Oceana Counties. For more information or questions please contact a member of the HAPL Staff at librarian@hartpubliclibrary.org.  All you need is a library card!

Learn Something New Today. ..



Universal Class: The HAPL is now offering patrons over 500 online courses, covering everything from Accounting to Yoga, taught by knowledgeable instructors.  A great resource for Home Schoolers, those starting a new business, or anyone wishing to refresh their knowledge or learn something entirely new. Entrance through our web site allows one access to all this for free.


                                                 SIGNING SAVVY

Signing Savvy: A comprehensive sign language resource containing high resolution videos of American Sign Language signs and other common signs used in conversational signing within the United States and Canada.  An ideal resource tool to use while learning sign language.

 It includes the ability to view large sign videos, build custom word lists and share them with others, create virtual flash cards and quizzes, print signs, build sign phrases, and much more!


University Open Courses

Open CourseWare:  Several distinguished universities throughout the country are now offering free on line courses. Explore Open Courses where you can discover a wide range of timely and timeless topics taught by university professors, each with a unique perspective and an individual interpretation of a particular field of study.

We hope the lectures and other course material inspire your own critical thinking and creative imagination. The aim of the project is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn.

We have provided links to a few of the universities offering Open CourseWare:

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Notre Dame





The Michigan College Access Portal

(MichiganCAP) is a statewide initiative which provides free support for all students and families in Michigan to simplify the process of transitioning

from middle school to high school to college and career.



 Downloadable Audio Books& eBooks

Registered library users may check out and download digital media anytime, anywhere by visiting their library’s web site. The Up North Digital Collection, powered by OverDrive Media, is free for registered patrons. To get started downloading audio books and eBooks click on the Overdrive button.



World Book Web...Public Library Edition


Good news! The HAPL now subscribes to the World Book Web Public...Library Edition. The World Book Web has been ranked the number one reference site for schools and libraries.  Our World Book subscription allows us to give you and your family access to this valuable reference source at your home computers 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. We hope that you and your children will use the World Book Web often, and that it helps facilitate learning in your household. Log on using your HAPL library card number.



The Club of 3s (third Thursday at 3:30) a book club for 7th and 8th graders,continues with#throwbackthursdays, classic reads that NEVER go out of style. August's selection is From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konisgburg.

"Claudia is planning to run away. She wants a different life, than that of the oldest child, with so many responsibilities. Her brother Jamie doesn't know it yet, but she has chosen him to be her companion. One reason she has chosen Jamie, is because he is good with money. Claudia usually spends her money on hot fudge sundaes, but Jamie has saved over twenty dollars."

   Read the book and come for the discussion. Snacks provided!


Patti's Page Turners: Our book club meets the first Monday of every month. The next session will be held on Monday, September 8th at 6:00  in the  HAPLConference Room. The selections  are Fatal Crossing, the Oceana One Book One Community  selection and Life after Life by Kate Atkinson. Stop by the library for copies of the books or call 873.4476 to place them on reserve.






Hart Community Performing Arts Series:  The Arts Series is entering its 15th season, presenting the finest in classical music, jazz, voice, and dance to our community and to the students in our area schools.  For ticket information visit http://www.hartauditorium.org/performing-arts-ticket-information.html  (See Full 2013-2014 Schedule)





The Hart Area Public Library Catalog

The Hart Area Public Library Catalog is now online.   You may renew your items online by logging into your library account or you may email: librarian@hartpubliclibrary.org

Where To Find Us

Hart Area Public Library

415 S. State Street
Hart MI 49420
TEL: 231.873.4476
FAX: 231.873.4476

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