The Michigan eLibrary (MeL) is a statewide service of the Library of Michigan, an agency of the Michigan Department of Education. MeL is an easy-to-use interlibrary loan (ILL) system that allows Michigan residents to borrow books for free from participating Michigan libraries. Requests can be placed individually or library staff can place them on your behalf by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If you cannot find a material you want in the library collection or MeL, please contact library staff, as they may be able to find using other systems.
What are the benefits of MeLCat for Michigan residents?
One stop shopping to find materials owned by all types of libraries statewide
Ability to identify who owns valuable local history materials not available otherwise
Request materials online, if their home library is a MeLCat participant
Pick up materials at their home library
Check on their requests online
How does MeLCat help libraries serve their patrons better?
Give your patrons access to millions of titles not available in your library. At one point in time, the Vernon District Public Library had a sign on their library that said, "6 million books available here! Come inside to find out how." Vernon District Library is a Class I public library that is housed in a former service station. They don't really have room for 6 million books, but MeLCat gives them access to that many!
Provide your patrons with remote access any time and any place
Who can use MeLCat?
MeLCat is for patrons in good standing of participating libraries. Any Michigan resident whose library is part of the system and has no blocks on their patron record may make requests.
For a full list of facts on MeLCat, please visit this facts page.