MeLCat Statewide Catalog is the centralized union catalog and resource sharing service created to share materials among all types of libraries in Michigan, regardless of the local circulation system they use. MeLCat contains up-to-date holdings from all participating libraries. While the ability to search MeLCat is open to everyone, only eligible patrons from participating libraries may request materials to be delivered to their home libraries.
Who's in MeLCat now? Please see Participating MeLCat libraries .
MeLCat does not replace a local integrated library system (ILS).
As of November 2016, there are 419 libraries live on MeLCat:
There are 16,132,293 Bibliographic records in MeLCat after matching/merging. (Data as of October 2016)
There are 45,334,729 Items in MeLCat. (Data as of October 2016)
New libraries are added regularly. If your library would like to join MeLCat, see Joining MeLCat.
The MeLCat Advisory Committee advises the State Librarian on policies for the statewide catalog and resource-sharing system. Specific areas of focus include database standards, MeLCat system evaluation, and borrowing and lending policies and best practices.
MeL is a statewide service of the Library of Michigan , an agency of the Michigan Department of Education. The Library of Michigan contracts with MCLS and partners with a number of Michigan organizations and institutions to provide MeL services. MeL is made possible by grant funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the State of Michigan through the Library of Michigan.