Elk Township Library
29 E. Lapeer Street
Box 268
Peck, MI 48466-0268

(810) 378-5409

 
 
 
MelCat and Interlibrary Loan

Placing Holds on the MelCat Catalog

Do you need a Book or Material that our library doesn't have?   

MelCat

You are now able to request your own Interlibrary Loans from the MelCat Statewide Catalog.

Elk Township Library is pleased to be a participant in the Michigan Electronic Library Catalog.  MeLCat is Michigan's statewide online union catalog and resource sharing system.  It contains the combined holdings of all participating Michigan libraries.

Our Library patrons have enjoyed the following benefits through MeLCat:

  • Ability to request library materials from any place at any time
  • Monitor the status of your own information requests
  • Search over the Internet to quickly identify materials owned by all types of libraries statewide.
  • Access to valuable local history materials and digitized items

Elk Township Library has always offered interlibrary loan service to our patrons, but MelCat has opened the door for  browsing the collections of additional libraries.   If an item is not available at our library, a patron may simply search MeLCat on a public access computer in the library or from home.   Initiate your own interlibrary loan requests by using MelCat or you may continue to receive assistance from a librarian.   In order to make requests and borrow materials, a person must be a registered library card holder in good standing at the Elk Township Library.

Materials that are owned by our library may not be requested from another library.

Here is how it works:

  1. Access the MelCat.
  2. Select the search criteria: keyword, author, title or series title.
    Type in the information.
  3. Click the Find It button
  4. The next page shows a list of materials matching your request.   Click on the title for more info about the material.   
  5. If you want to request a title, click on the checkbox to select the material. Click on Get This From MelCat.
  6. The Requesting Page asks which library card/account do you want to use?   Click on the pull-down menu button.   Scroll through the list of libraries and highlight Elk Township Library.
  7. Input your name and library card number and click Submit.
  8. If you have registered your e-mail address with us, an automatic confirmation notice will be sent to you.

How to renew a MelCat ILL item

Melcat participants allow one renewal per item.   You cannot renew an item until 7 days before the due date.   Login to MyMel in Melcat, locate the item to renew and select renew. A one time renewal of interlibrary loan materials are granted at the discretion of the lending library.

If you cannot find the item in MelCat, we will try to fill the item through a National Interlibrary Loan Service (OCLC) provided by the White Pine Library Cooperative. 

Please see the librarian to make this request.