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Member Resources: Libraries




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    Serving Libraries and Library Consortiums

    Merit Network is a collaborative community of education and research organizations that utilizes Merit's high-performance network, essential services, and exceptional Member support to help your organization achieve its mission and goals.

    Since 1992, Merit has provided libraries in Michigan with networking expertise, professional learning opportunities, and additional services to help them achieve their educational and research goals. Merit is a trusted partner, serving district libraries, public libraries and library consortiums across Michigan.

    USF E-rate Program

    Merit has been participating in the E-rate program since its inception. As the chosen service provider for many of Michigan's libraries, ISDs, and school districts, we know that planning ahead for your connectivity needs helps to streamline the application process and reduce headaches in the years ahead. For more information, please see our E-rate section.

    If you haven't worked with Merit before, give us a call today to talk about how our end-to-end services can benefit your organization. If you're already a Member, contact us with any questions you have about planning for your bandwidth, voice, and e-mail needs.

    Merit's High-Speed Backbone Network

    Merit manages the nation's longest-running regional network, which has been in continuous operation since May 1973. Merit's fiber-optic network infrastructure has grown to cover a majority of Michigan, and Merit provides dedicated, high-speed connections for libraries and library consortiums in the state. The network enables libraries to share resources and save costs with the Merit On-Net/Off-Net Service.

    Merit's statewide 10 gigabits-per-second (Gbps) backbone provides a flexible, robust architecture to support the needs of our Members.

    Merit Backbone Map Example

    Network Engineering Expertise

    Merit Network's engineers are respected experts in the field and can provide customized configurations to link one campus or multiple locations to Merit's backbone network. Whether it's configuring BGP, IPv6, subnetting, or multicast, our networking team can find the right solution to meet the network needs of non-profit organizations.

    Merit's engineers can consult on designing your local network or improving your network's security.

    Library Spotlights

    Portage Lake District Library photo

    A Dynamic Community Resource
    Portage Lake District Library provides an abundance of free, quality resources for its members.
    Peter White Public Library photo

    Peter White Public Library wins 2010 National Medal for Museum and Library Service
    Library achieves success through community engagement and cooperation.
    Saline District Library photo

    Saline District Library gets a Tech Tune-Up
    Library wows patrons with new fiber-optic Internet connection.
    eLibrary photo

    Michigan E-Library Providing Tools for Today's Educators
    Using the Web to Make a Difference.
    Ann Arbor District Library photo

    A Connection to Entertainment, Education and Beyond
    The Ann Arbor District Library utilizes high-speed connectivity to place the world at the fingertips of its community.
    The Library Network photo

    Collaborating for Better Michigan Libraries
    The Library Network is providing Southeast Michigan libraries with more technology resources.
    Willard Library photo

    More Than Just Books
    Willard Library offers fun activities and educational programs to encourage community involvement.

    Contact Us

    If you need assistance, please contact Merit or call 734-527-5700.








    Recommended Services



    Merit offers a wide range of services that can benefit libraries, including high-speed network connections, MeritMail, Merit VirtualDataCenters, and MeritVoice.

    Please see the Recommended Services web page for details.







    Merit Support Center



    Our Merit Support Center (MSC) is staffed by a highly-trained team that can provide immediate assistance with any support questions or planning issues. The MSC offers 24x7 assistance year-round to Members with network connection issues and questions related to services.

    Please see the Member Support web page for details.








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