If you are unable to find what you are searching for in the eLibrary online catalog, you may search for it on MeLCat, a collection of library holdings throughout the state of Michigan.
How do I get started?
Search the MeLCat catalog, located on the eLibrary main Search page in the box on the right. Once you locate a title you want to borrow, select your home library from the drop-down list; this should be the library from which you have your Library Card. The item will be delivered to that Library. Then enter your name and library card number, as prompted. Please note that in order to request a title, it must be checked in at the owning library. Requests cannot be placed on titles when all copies are checked out.
How long does it take to get a requested item?
Typically it takes about two (2) weeks. Items are delivered to the Northville District Library, at which time you will be notified to pick up your items by email or automated phone call. Please bring your library card to check out your MeLCat request.
How long can I borrow the MeLCat item?
Most items circulate for three (3) weeks, except for audiovisual items (DVDs, books on CD, etc), which circulate for one week only.
What if I want to renew it?
Most items can be renewed once, although audio-visual items may NOT be renewed at all.
To renew your item online, go to MeLCat, then click on MY MELCAT to get to your account. Enter name and card number. Or you may call the Library at 248-349-3020 and ask them to renew it for you. As always, please have your library card available when you call.
Can I check the status of a request I placed?
Yes, by going to MY MELCAT on the MeLCat home page.
Are there items I cannot borrow through MelCat?
Libraries typically will not lend magazines or newspapers, rare or fragile materials, or reference books. Newly published books are also difficult to borrow.
PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU SHOULD NOT USE MELCAT TO REQUEST A TITLE THAT IS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SHARED SYSTEM ELIBRARY CATALOG. The Library Network (TLN) eLibrary is a collection of materials from over 40 area libraries. It is always faster and more efficient to request an item through the eLibrary, if your library is part of the Shared System, as Northville is.
Questions about Interlibrary loan through MeLCAT? Call the Library at 248-349-3020.