• May I renew MeLCat items?

    You may renew each item once. This will extend your due date by 28 days.* Media items may not be renewed.

    Renew the items prior to the due date using the following instructions:

    1. Log in to MyMeLCat using your Name and the barcode on your NMU ID (13-digit number).

    2. Click the link for currently checked out items.

    3. You may select “Renew all” or click the appropriate checkboxes and click “Renew selected."

    *If your initial loan was 90 days, as part of the MeLCat pilot program between Michigan public academic libraries, you will have the option of extending your due date by 30 days. 

  • What is the loan period of a MeLCat loan?

    A MeLCat item is due 28 days* from the date you pick it up. Media items are due 14 days from the date of pick-up. Items will be available for pick-up for 10 days.

    *MeLCat is piloting a program to increase the loan period when Michigan public academic libraries are borrowing from each other. For example, if you borrow a book from Michigan State University, the loan period will be 90 days with the option for a 30 day renewal.

  • How will I know when my MeLCat item is available?

    You will be notified via email when the item arrives. Materials may be picked up at the Public Services desk. The item will be available for pick-up for 10 days.

  • How long does it take for MeLCat material to arrive?

    MeLCat items typically arrive within 1 to 2 weeks.

  • How do I place a MeLCat request?

    Visit MeLCat.

    Search MeLCat by title, author, ISBN or other criteria.

    After finding the desired item, click “Get this from MeLCat.”

    You will be prompted to select a library account. Choose Northern Michigan University as your library.

    Enter your name and the barcode on the back of your NMU ID (13-digit number).

    Please do not click your browser’s back button after submission because this may duplicate your request.

  • What is the cost of a MeLCat request?

    MeLCat requests are free of charge.

    *If you lose, damage or fail to return the material, you will be charged fees.

  • What types of material may I request?

    MeLCat is best for physical formats such as books, DVDs, CDs, etc.

  • Who is eligible to use MeLCat services?

    As an NMU student, faculty or staff, you are eligible to use MeLCat with Northern Michigan University as your home library. If you live in Michigan but are not eligible through NMU, please contact your local public library to determine your eligibility.

  • What is MeLCat?

    MeLCat (Michigan Electronic Library Catalog) is a service that allows Michigan libraries to share materials for free. If NMU does not own the material you seek, you may take advantage of the collections throughout Michigan. MeLCat items typically arrive faster than Interlibrary Loan (ILL) so we recommend utilizing it first.

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