On December 17, 2009 the Indiana Cooperative Library Services Authority (INCOLSA) board approved a resolution to combine with the Michigan Library Consortium (MLC) at a meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. The MLC board had approved the same resolution the day before. February 15, 2010 the two organizations merged creating the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS). Decades of library service experience and a commitment to member libraries guided the formation and continue to drive operation for MCLS to this day.
MCLS was formed to facilitate sharing of resources among libraries, to enhance the availability of information resources to patrons, and to encourage libraries to institute cost-effective procedures that are made possible through interlibrary cooperation. MCLS is fully funded by its libraries and receives no direct federal or state support.