300 W. Merrill St. Birmingham, MI 48009 | (248) 647-1700

MeLCat and Interlibrary Loan

MeLCat (Michigan eLibrary Catalog)

If you are unable to find what you are looking for in our catalog, try your search in MeLCat .  MeLCat is the free, easy-to-use interlibrary loan system that allows Michigan library cardholders in good standing to borrow books and other library materials from over 450 participating Michigan libraries!   Items you request through MeLCat are delivered to Baldwin for your convenience, and circulate for either three weeks or one week.

To renew MeL items, call the Circulation Desk (248-647-1700 ext. 0) or visit the library.  Items that have a 3-week loan period can be renewed once, and items that have a 1-week loan period cannot be renewed.  The fine for overdue MeL items is $0.20/day.  Substantially overdue MeL items cannot be renewed.  Replacement costs for MeL items are set by the lending libraries; please call and speak with the Circulation Desk if you have lost a MeL item.

New to MeLCat? Here's how to order an item

Once you find an item you want in the MeL catalog: 1. Click on “Get It For Me” on the item record. You will be taken to a log-in page. 2. Select “Baldwin Public Library” from the pull-down menu, and enter your library card barcode and name to request the item. 3. To search/request more items, use the MeL catalog navigation buttons. If you use your browser’s back button, you may inadvertently order duplicate copies of items. 4. You will stay logged into the MeL catalog until you click “Log Out” at the top of the screen (or are inactive in MeLCat for 15 minutes). 5. You will receive a notification from Baldwin when the item is delivered to Baldwin and is ready for pickup. It can take up to two weeks to receive material through the MeL system. 6. For a demonstration, watch the MeLCat requesting tutorial.

Need a MeLCat item quickly? Visiting Patron Service may be an option

Baldwin is part of MeL’s Visiting Patron Service, which allows Baldwin patrons to visit participating MeL libraries and borrow eligible items in person.  When you bring materials to their check-out desk, they will need your Baldwin Library card. Be sure to have a picture ID with you as well. Items borrowed through the Visiting Patron Service will be listed on your MeL account at Baldwin, and you may return them to either Baldwin or the library from which you checked them out. Please contact Baldwin’s Circulation Desk to request a renewal.


MeL is funded by the Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) via the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Library of Michigan, part of the Michigan Department of Education. Additional funding is provided by the State of Michigan.

Interlibrary Loan

If the material you are looking for is not available in MeL, please call and speak with a librarian about placing an Interlibrary Loan request. It can take up to a month to receive items through ILL, as the system includes most libraries in the continental United States.  There may or may not be a fee for borrowing ILL items, but you can stipulate what you are willing to pay.

To renew ILL items, call the Circulation Desk or visit the library.  Renewals are at the discretion of the lending library, and can take several days to process.  The fine for overdue ILL items is $0.20/day.  Replacement costs for ILL items are set by the lending libraries; please call and speak with Circulation if you have lost an ILL item.

Consider submitting a purchase request for any item you cannot obtain through MeLCat and/or ILL – our librarians are always looking for ways to expand our collection.

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300 W. Merrill St.
Birmingham, MI 48009


Monday to Thursday 9:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday and Saturday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm



Library Hours

Monday - Thursday
9:30am - 9:00pm

Friday & Saturday
9:30am -5:30pm

12:00pm - 5:00pm

Baldwin Public Library

300 W. Merrill St.

Birmingham, MI 48009


Baldwin Library Idea Lab


The Idea Lab is the Baldwin Public Library's new space for hands-on exploring, tinkering, and learning. We're here to encourage learning and collaboration through access to new technologies and machines. Currently we have a 3d printer and laser cutter available for use. ALL experience levels are welcome.

2 Hours Free Parking in Chester Street Deck.

Metered street parking around Library

Free Parking on Sundays


300 W. Merrill St.
Birmingham, MI 48009

Library Hours

Monday to Thursday

9:30 am - 9:00 pm

Friday and Saturday

9:30 am - 5:30 pm


12:00 pm - 5:00pm

Library Closed

September 1-3 - Labor Day Weekend

October 19 - Closing at 1:00 p.m.


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