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InterLibrary Loan + MeLCat Requesting

How to obtain books not owned by Kettering using our InterLibrary Loan method.

How to Use MelCat

3. Finding a Book in MeLCat

If Baker, Mott, or U of M Flint do not have the book you're looking for, we can request it through Michigan's statewide interlibrary loan system, called MeLCat [Michigan eLibrary Catalog]. All you need to place a hold on a MeL book is your entire 14-digit Kettering ID barcode. (No logging in necessary.)

From the MeLCat homepage, type your book title into the searchbox, and click the SEARCH button. The searchbox below will live search for you.



When you find the book you're looking for, click the Get this from MeLCat button. The "2 Libraries have this title" note indicates that two libraries in Michigan have this book available for loan through the MeLCat system.

Get book from MelCat

If a copy is available immediately, you'll be prompted to enter your library card / account information. Change the dropdown menu to Kettering University, enter your name, and then your entire 14-digit barcode on your Kettering student ID (beginning with 2100...).

MelCat Login

If there are no copies immediately available in the MeLCat system, you will get this message. Click < Back to results to return to your search results and try again.


MelCat No copies available

Often brand-new books will appear available in the MeLCat system, but the request will not be filled by the lending library. You'll be notified by email if the request is denied.

If you have any questions about borrowing books through MeLCat, contact our Circulation Department at or 810-762-7814.

If you can't find the book you're looking for at Kettering, Baker, Mott, U of M Flint, or MeLCat, then move on to step four, traditional InterLibrary Loan:

1. Catalog Search

2. ARS @ UofM Flint 

3. MeLCat Lending

4. InterLibrary Loan 

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