A database that falls in the "I would never have thought about checking the library for this" category, according to Director Mary Karshner, is the Chilton Library, which offers online do-it-yourself auto repair manuals.
"One of the weirder ones is The Turf Grass Information file - a joint database of U.S. Golf Association and MSU," said Karshner. The database contains the most comprehensive publicly available collection of turfgrass educational materials in the world, according to Michigan State University.
Many of the databases are available to the library through the Michigan Electronic Library which is a great resource provided by the state with federal funds, according to Karsher.
For a complete list of databases available to Royal Oak Public Library cardholders, visit ropl.org/databases.
The Royal Oak Public Library is in the midst of creating a strategic plan for the next five years and it's seeking input regarding the state of the library and on possible changes the community might want to see.