MeLCat Is Not a Cat
MeLCat is a state-wide database representing the holdings of nearly every library in Michigan - more than 6 million unique book titles! When you search MeLCat, you can request that an item be sent to Hekman Library for pick up at the main circulation desk on 2nd floor. The turn around time is 3-5 days.
The process is easy: search MeLCat and find what you need; then identify the library you're affiliated with in a drop-down menu and key in your name and your 7-digit ID. The system selects the lending library for you.
In many cases, MeLCat will replace InterLibrary Loan, especially for books held in Michigan libraries. InterLibrary Loan is still the preferred method of delivery for books found in libraries outside Michigan and for all journal article requests.
An interesting trivia tidbit: In 2016 so far MeLCat has logged over 1,300,000 searches.