The Public Side of MeLCat

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This service is funded in part by the State of Michigan through the Library of Michigan. Additional project support comes from the Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) via the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Searching MeLCat

MeLCat Search screen

Placing A Request

To place a request with MeLCat, your library must be a MeLCat participating library.

An Unsuccessful Request

There are several reasons why MeLCat will refuse a request. The following messages will display on the screen:

“No copies are available at this time. Please check with your local library:” There are no available copies in MeLCat – all copies have a status of either “checked out,” “missing,” “local circ only,” or “not requestable.”

“Sorry, you cannot use MeLCat to request items that are available at your home library.” If a book is available at the patron’s home library, the request to borrow is denied. If the book is missing or checked out, however, the request is honored.

“Sorry, your ID number is not valid for MeLCat requesting. Please try again or contact your home library to resolve this problem." Entering incorrect patron information will prevent a request from going through.

“Sorry, there is a problem with your patron record at your home library. Please contact you home library to resolve this problem.” Patrons with blocks on their patron records will see this message. The same message is used when patrons are not allowed to borrow due to their patron type (e.g. juveniles at some libraries)


Patrons can view their patron record via MyMeL. Libraries may also put direct links to MyMeL from their library websites or online catalog pages.

To view their MeLCat patron record, patrons must select their library from the list of participating libraries. From their record, they can check the status of their requests, cancel requests, and renew eligible MeLCat materials.


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