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Request Material from Other Libraries

Your research goes beyond the walls of NMU. Let us help you find sources that do too.

   NMU Collection

   Always check our catalog first

   MeLCat

  • The fastest way to borrow something not available at NMU.
  • Recommended for books, DVDs, CDs

    Interlibrary Loan

  • The best option for articles or book chapters.
  • Can't find the materials you need at NMU Collection or MelCat?
  • Submit an Interlibrary Loan request and we'll search libraries around the world.

Eligibility

To support scholarship, resource sharing services (MeLCat and Interlibrary Loan) are provided to NMU students, faculty and staff. Users outside of those groups are encouraged to contact their primary academic, public, or corporate library to determine resource sharing privileges elsewhere.

 

Charge for Services

The Lydia M. Olson Library covers the cost of most requests. In regard to ILL requests of physical materials (books, DVDs, etc.), a fee may be charged. The amount is determined by the library that owns the material. In the majority of cases, we are able to find an institution willing to loan material for free. However, if cost is necessitated, the fee is passed on to the user. When submitting a request, users will be asked to enter a maximum amount they are willing to pay. We will advise in advance of any charges.

In all cases, damage to an item or failure to return an item will result in fees being assessed.  

 

Submission of Requests

MeLCat Interlibrary Loan
  • Visit Mel.org
  • Search by title, author, ISBN or other criteria
  • After finding the desired material, click "Get this from MeLCat"
  • Choose Northern Michigan University as your library
  • Enter your name and the barcode on the back of NMU ID (14-digit number) 
  • Login to your Interlibrary Loan account.
  • Select “Create Request”
  • Select the relevant type: Article, Book, Other
  • Complete the citation fields with as much information as possible

 

Maximum Number of Requests

MeLCat Interlibrary Loan
  • Users are allowed to have 50 active requests in the system at any one time.
  • Be realistic regarding the amount of material you can handle.
  • If you have over ten orders, please prioritize them.
  • Prioritizing will enable you to receive the most important materials first.

 

Fulfillment Time

Fulfillment times differ for each request. Typical fulfillment times are listed below:

MeLCat Interlibrary Loan
  • 2 weeks
  • Articles/Books chapters: 2-5 business days.
  • Physical material: 3 weeks.

There are several factors to consider which may affect how long it takes for you to receive your request:

  • Format (Can the material be sent electronically or does the item have to be shipped? Is the use of the item restricted?)
  • Availability (How many libraries own the requested material?)
  • Staff (Are staff available at other libraries to process your item?)
  • Postal time and location of lending library (How far does the item need to travel?)

 

Picking Up Material

Loan Periods

MeLCat Interlibrary Loan
  • MeLCat loans are due 3 weeks from the date of pick-up.
  • Media loans are due 7 days from the date of pick-up, with no renewals allowed.
  • Items are held for pick-up for 10 days.
  • The lending library determines the loan period and renewal policy for its items.
  • In most cases, you can expect to keep interlibrary loan items for four weeks.
  • The specific due date will be posted on the material itself and in the email notification.

 

Renewals

MeLCat Interlibrary Loan
  • You may renew each item once. *Media items may not be renewed.
  • A renewal will extend your due date by 3 weeks.
  • A renewal must be requested prior to the due date.
  • Instructions:
    • Log in to MyMeLCat
    • Click the link for currently checked out items.
    • You may select “Renew all” or click the appropriate checkboxes and select “Renew selected”.
  • Renewals are allowed at the discretion of the lending library.
  • A renewal must be requested prior to the due date.
  • Instructions:
    • Log in to ILL account
    • Find the request you seek to renew.
    • Select “Renew”.
    • Approval or denial of the renewal request will be sent via email.

 

Restrictions

Copyright guidelines, Title 17, U.S. Code (https://www.copyright.gov/title17/), are adhered to by the Resource Sharing staff when providing service.

The lending library establishes the conditions under which the borrowed material may be used, especially if items are rare, fragile and/or extremely valuable. They may have to be used within the library only or photocopying may be prohibited.

Failure to comply with the conditions of a loan could jeopardize one’s interlibrary loan privileges and the University’s ability to borrow from that library in the future.

 

Returning Material

Please note that borrowed materials are subject to recall by the lending library at any time.

Failure to return material will result in an invoice to NMU from the owning library. Replacement costs and fees will be passed on to the user.

Failure to return material may impact the ability to borrow from that library in the future, either for yourself or for your fellow NMU students, faculty and staff.

Submitting requests:

  • OCLC symbol: EZN
  • RIDES code:  101-ZA008
  • We accept: OCLC requests (preferred), ALA requests, domestic & international requests

Delivery and Payment:

  • Consortium participation: LVIS, Michigan libraries
  • We utilize Article Exchange for article delivery.
  • Payment: we accept IFM (preferred), IFLA vouchers, invoice
  • Charges
  Loans Scans
Domestic $10 $10
International $20/2 IFLA vouchers $15/1 IFLA voucher
Rush Service Additional $10 Additional $10

ILL FAQs

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service that supports NMU’s research and scholarship. We borrow books, reports, journal articles and other material not owned by the Lydia M. Olson Library. We will do our best to locate the material anywhere in the world.

Last Updated: Oct 01, 2018 | Topics: ILL

NMU students, faculty and staff

Last Updated: Oct 01, 2018 | Topics: ILL

Login to your Interlibrary Loan account (link) to place a request. Select the appropriate Request Type: Article, Book, Other. Complete the citation fields with as much information as possible.

Last Updated: Oct 01, 2018 | Topics: ILL

You may request any format through ILL.

Last Updated: Oct 01, 2018 | Topics: ILL

The Lydia M. Olson Library covers any charges for article or book chapter requests. For books, DVDs or other physical formats, we are frequently able to find an institution willing to loan us material for free. If not, the fee is passed on to the user. When submitting a request, you will be asked to enter a maximum cost you are willing to pay in case there is a fee.  

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

Last Updated: Oct 01, 2018 | Topics: ILL

Arrival time varies for each request. Articles typically arrive within 2-5 business days. Books and other physical formats typically arrive within 3 weeks.

Last Updated: Oct 16, 2018 | Topics: ILL

If you are requesting an article or book chapter, a PDF will be sent to your email address. If you are requesting physical material, an email notification will be sent when the material is available for pick-up at the library circulation desk.

Last Updated: Oct 16, 2018 | Topics: ILL

The loan period varies based on the institution that owns the material. The due date will be posted on the material itself and also in the email notification. All material is subject to recall at any time.

Last Updated: Oct 16, 2018 | Topics: ILL

You are always welcome to ask for a renewal to extend the due date; however, the owning institution may approve or deny the renewal request. To request a renewal:

  1. Log in to your ILL account (https://1478.account.worldcat.org/profile/) with your NMU username and password
  2. You will receive an email with the approval or denial decision.  
  3. Following the relevant row, click renew.
  4. Each request will have its own line of information. Find the request you seek to renew.
Last Updated: Oct 16, 2018 | Topics: ILL

MeL FAQs

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.

Last Updated: Oct 01, 2018 | Topics: MeLCat

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.

Last Updated: Oct 01, 2018 | Topics: MeLCat

Visit mel.org.

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.

Last Updated: Oct 01, 2018 | Topics: MeLCat

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

Last Updated: Oct 01, 2018 | Topics: MeLCat

MeLCat requests are free of charge.

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

Last Updated: Oct 02, 2018 | Topics: MeLCat

MeLCat items typically arrive within 2 weeks.

Last Updated: Oct 16, 2018 | Topics: MeLCat

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

Last Updated: Oct 16, 2018 | Topics: MeLCat

A MeLCat item is due 3 weeks from the date you pick it up. Media items are due 7 days from the date of pick-up. Items will be available for pick-up for 10 days.

Last Updated: Oct 16, 2018 | Topics: MeLCat

You may renew each item once. This will extend your due date by 3 weeks. 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”.

Last Updated: Oct 16, 2018 | Topics: MeLCat

Contact Us

Principal Library Assistant, Billing & MeLCat - Borrowing
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Senior Library Assistant, ILL - Lending & MeLCat - Lending
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Senior Library Assistant, ILL - Borrowing, Course Reserves
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