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MeLCat, a product of the Michigan Electronic Library (MEL) is a great way of getting items Olson Library does not own without having to go through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Usually you will get items faster and the requesting process is easier.


MeLCat is a catalog for over 300 participating Michigan libraries. You can request any item found in the catalog (except for journals, journal articles, and other non-circulating materials) to be sent directly to Olson Library.

Once received,you will be notified that it is available for pickup at the Circulation Desk.

melcat get this button   Requesting an item in MeLCat is easy. After performing a search and finding the item you wish to get, simply click on the Get This for Me! button.

If the item is available you will be asked to select an account to which the item will be charged. From the drop down menu pick Northern Michigan University and click on the Submit Above Information button.

If all the copies of an item are missing or checked out, you will get a message "Sorry, no copies available for request."

  melcat choose library
melcat submit  

Finally you will be asked to enter your name and barcode number from the back of your NMU ID.

A statewide delivery service will transport your book from the lending library here to Olson Library. Generally, delivery takes about a week.

To renew your items, simply go to MyMel, select NMU as your institution, enter your name and NMU barcode, and click on the submit button. At this point click on the link that tells you how many items you have checked out. Your individual items are listed and you can renew all or selected items.

When you are finished with your items, return them to the Circulation Desk in the Library.

Library Hours
Mon: 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Tue: 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Wed: 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Thu: 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Fri: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sat: 12:00 noon - 8:00 p.m.
For exceptions and full year hours