Ypsilanti District Library Participates In Statewide Library Services: MeLCat
Thursday, February 24, 2011
The Ypsilanti District Library is no stranger to sharing resources with other libraries through interlibrary loan whereby patrons may borrow materials that they want from other libraries. However, since YDL became part of MeLCat, a statewide online system, usage of other libraries’ materials has increased dramatically. In 2010, YDL borrowed 11,297 items and loaned 6,699 items.
YDL cardholders can visit our website at any time to search the materials catalog for a desired item. If the library does not own that item, the patron can click on the MeLCat tab and search for the item themselves, place a request, and pick it up at their designated library location once they are notified that the item has arrived (MeLCat deliveries arrive three times a week). The 400-library network allows Michigan library cardholders access to more than 43 million items through the online catalog ranging from books, audio books, music, movies and more. “Patrons are so happy to obtain materials that are not available at YDL because of cost or because they are out-of-print,” reports Mimi Chapman, Supervisor of Interlibrary Loan Services. “Materials come from academic and special libraries as well as from other public libraries. One resident has borrowed materials to help her complete a college degree remotely.”
MeLCat has become a vital tool in maximizing use of library materials all across the state. The generosity and cooperativeness of participating partners in sharing their collections represents the finest tradition and spirit of libraries. This project is made possible by grant funds from theU.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) administered by the State of Michigan through the Library of Michigan. More information about other MeL (Michigan eLibrary) services can be found at mel.org.