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How to Use MeLCat

How to Place a Request in MeLCatMeLCat Logo

 If you do not find the items you need in Library OneSearch, or if the item you are looking for is checked out, you may search for it in the MeLCat catalog. At the top of each search results page in Library OneSearch, you will see a link that says "MeLCat:"

MeLCat Link in OneSearch 

  • When you click on the MeLCat link, your search is automatically carried out in the MeLCat catalog.
  • The MeLCat catalog will display a list of records for your search. This list includes holdings from any of the participating libraries.
  • Choose a record for an item that you would like to request by clicking on the title of the item, or you may click the "Get this for me" button to request the item.
  • When you click on the link to "Get This For Me ," you will go to a page that lists the item requested at the top, and then asks you "Which library card/account do you want to use?"
  • From the drop down box below the question, choose Kalamazoo College, then click on "Submit above information."

Next you will see a screen that asks for your campus identification OR your library account information. If you enter your campus identification, enter your Kalamazoo College USERNAME and PASSWORD. If you use your library account information, enter your name and your 14-digit barcode number (from your Kalamazoo College ID).

MeLCat Login Screen

MeLCat will confirm that your request has been sent. Items usually arrive within three to six days.

MeLCat Confirmation Screen 

Your request will be sent to the participating library. The item will be delivered to the Kalamazoo College Library Circulation Desk. You will receive an email notification when it arrives, and you may pick up the item at the Circulation Desk.

How to check the status of your MeLCat requests

You can view your MeLCat requests and items borrowed from MeLCat in your patron record.

To view your patron record, go to to

You will see a screen that asks for your Kalamazoo College username and password.

Library Login 

Once you are in your patron record, you can view the items you have checked out and the items you have requested from MeLCat.

If you have any questions about using MeLCat or viewing your patron record, please contact the Reference Department at 269-337-7152 or