MelCat is a service linked from our library catalog that allows you to search and request items in a joint catalog of many Michigan public and academic libraries. Loans through MelCat are available to residents and employees in Bloomfield Township.
When searching for materials in our database, if you find that we do not have something you need, choose the MelCat button to see if the item can be requested through MelCat. If you find the item you need within the MelCat catalog, you can make an immediate request by clicking ‘Get This For Me.’ Select “Bloomfield Township Public Library” as your home library and enter your name and library barcode number.
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You may renew some MelCat items by accessing your account online or calling the library at (248) 642-5800. There is no guarantee that a MelCat item will be renewed. The owning library of the item sent via MelCat sets the renewal policy.
Interlibrary loan material can NOT be returned in the automated drop box. The papers that circulate with this material could fall out of the item and be harmful to the system. Feel free to return interlibrary loan material in the manual drive up return or the walk up return.
If you lose a MelCat item, you may be responsible for that item’s replacement cost as determined by the lending library. Please contact the Interlibrary Loan Department as soon as possible at (248) 642-5800 (ext 153). We will contact the lending library to see what the cost to replace the item will be.
Please do NOT purchase outside replacements; most libraries do not accept these. We have no control over the policies of other libraries and must abide by them if we are to stay in good standing with MelCat.
Canceling a Request
Items already in transit cannot be cancelled. Requested items can be cancelled by calling the library at 248-642-5800 and ask for the interlibrary loan department. You can also cancel your own MelCat requests by signing on to your library account online.
Processing / Shipping Time
The time it takes for an item to arrive via MelCat depends upon each lending library’s processing and shipping times. We will notify you when your request has arrived and the item will be held for five days. If you need something right away, the librarians at Adult or Youth Services may be able to direct you to a library nearby that has the materials you need.
If you can not find an item in MelCat, please see a librarian at the Adult or Youth Services desk. They can attempt to place an ALA request for rarer items. There is a $10 processing fee per request for this service, as well as any fees per the lending library. It can take several weeks for these requests to be processed, depending on library response time, shipping, and availability of the item.