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