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Borrowing from other Libraries

Borrowing from other Libraries

Items that are not held by KVCC may be available to borrow from other libraries through interlibrary loan. All patrons in good standing are eligible to borrow materials not available at KVCC from other libraries through interlibrary loan.

The KVCC libraries participate in two types of interlibrary loan, MeLCat and traditional interlibrary loan borrowing. MeLCat is a Michigan ILL program with a vast network of libraries that facilitates receiving requests much faster than traditional ILL, usually within 7 days. If an item is not available through MeLCat, library staff can try to borrow items through traditional ILL. 

MeLCat

MeLCat

Kalamazoo Valley participates in the state wide library borrowing cooperative MeLCat (Michigan Electronic Library Catalog). If you can’t find something in our catalog, search MeLCat and borrow from one of over 170 libraries around the state.

Use the search box below or visit the MeLCat website directly: http://elibrary.mel.org/

My MeLCat

View your MeLCat patron record to check the status of your requests, cancel requests, and renew MeLCat materials. 

MeLCat FAQs

How long will it take for my item to arrive?

On average, items arrive within from 3-10 business days.

How will I know when my item is ready for pick up?

You will receive an email when items are ready for pick up.

How long do I have to pick up the item?

Items are held for 10 days.

How long can I borrow items?

Books: 28 days

AV: 14 days

Are MeLCat loans eligible for renewal?

Books may be renewed for an additional 28 days if the renewal is requested before the item is overdue.

What is the limit for MeLCat loans?

Students may borrow up to 20 items total, including KVCC loans. Faculty and staff can borrow up to 100 items total, 70 from MeL.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan

If you can't find what you need at the Kalamazoo Valley Libraries or through MeLCat, you can request a book or article through Interlibrary Loan.

  • Email libraries@kvcc.edu with your request.
  • Include the following information
    • Author
    • Title of article/book 
    • Title of journal
    • Publication date