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MeLCat is an online catalog that combines the catalogs of several libraries in Michigan, including academic, public, and K-12 school libraries. These libraries have merged their holdings into a single online catalog called MeLCat that can be searched directly, or from any of the participating libraries' catalogs.

How do I use MeLCat?
See How to Use MeLCat for instructions on requesting materials.

What can I get through MeLCat?
You may request books, DVDs, Audio CDs, and other materials from MeLCat. MeLCat does not provide periodicals or journal articles.

Who can request materials through MeLCat?
Current students, faculty, and staff of Kalamazoo College can request books directly from MeLCat. (Alumni and emeritus faculty members are not eligible to request MeLCat items through Kalamazoo College -- check to see if your local public library is on the MeLCat Participants List.) MeLCat includes the circulation status of materials, so you can see whether a book is available or checked out (you cannot see who checked it out, though - that's against the Michigan Library Privacy Act). When current students, faculty and staff request books through MeLCat, the books will be delivered to the Circulation Desk at the library and the requestor will be contacted via email when the book arrives.

How long can I check out MeLCat materials? Can I renew them?
The loan period for MeLCat books, videos, and all other circulating materials is three weeks. MeLCat materials can be renewed once, for three additional weeks from the date renewed. You can renew MeLCat items through your Library Account.

How many items can I request through MeLCat?
You may request up to 50 items from MeLCat at a time. To see your MeLCat requests, go to your Library Account and enter your Kalamazoo College username and password.

Where do I pick up and return MeLCat materials?
Please pick up and return MeLCat materials to the Kalamazoo College Library circulation desk. You will have ten days to pick up requested materials; if items are not picked up at the end of ten days, they are returned to the lending library.

Patrons are responsible for returning items to the Kalamazoo College Library on or before the due date, as well as for paying any late fees, damage or replacement reimbursement fees.

Are there fines for overdue MeLCat materials?
Yes. Because MelCat items are not owned by our library and require prompt return, materials not returned after 14 days are subject to a $10 charge for accumulated fines and cost of billing.  When an item is 21 days overdue, the library will declare it lost and bill as follows:

  • Replacement cost: $45.00 or higher, depending on the replacement cost of the item, and
  • Fines and billing fees: $15.00

The Library may charge a faculty or staff member's department for the amount billed by the lending library.

You can see your fines for MeLCat items through your Library Account.