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Interlibrary Loan

Materials from other libraries are available for your use.  You may use MeLCat - Michigan's new library service, intraloan (Library Catalog requests),  traditional ILL (interlibrary loan),  or the local ARS card (Academic Resource Sharing).

MeLCat (Michigan eLibrary Catalog)

MeLCat allows you to place your own holds on desired materials from libraries participating in the MeLCat service.  From the Mott Library homepage, click on the MeLCat logo or navigate your browser to and search for an item, such as books, books on tape, CD/DVD, music, magazines, and more!  MeLCat may be used for non-academic purposes.
In order to participate in this service, you must:

  • Be a currently registered student
  • Have no holds or fines on your record

When your materials arrive, we will notify you by phone or email that they are available.

Intraloan (Library Catalog requests)

The intraloan feature allows you to “request items” from libraries that participate in the PALnet Library Consortium. Available books from Baker College campuses and Kettering University will be sent to the main Mott campus for your use.

ILL (Interlibrary loan)

To interlibrary loan a book or magazine article we need the same information you would use on your "Works Cited" page (see citation examples). See the Reference Librarian for an "ILL Request Form" or download the form, fill in the required information for a book or an article, and bring it to the library.

Things to consider:

  • ILL is for academic research purposes only
  • Plan some lead time. It may take 3 days, 3 weeks, or longer for your interlibrary loan materials to become available.
  • The ILL requested materials may be unavailable, in which case we will let you know.
  • Most libraries will not interloan audio or video cassettes, but many MelCat libraries will.
  • Faxed copies of articles from newspapers or magazines may be difficult to read.
  • Libraries that agree to let you borrow their materials may have a shorter loan period than our three weeks.
  • Sometimes fees may be charged, so be sure to indicate how much you are willing to pay for interloaned material.
  • When your materials arrive, we will notify you by phone or email that they are available.

ARS Card (Academic Resource Sharing)

Academic Resource Sharing (ARS) is a limited reciprocal borrowing project between Mott Community College and University of Michigan—Flint. This is an option of last resort, when you need the materials immediately. The responsibility of borrowing and returning the material is on you. This service is for academic research purposes only.
In order to qualify for an ARS card, you must

  • Be a currently registered student
  • Have exhausted the possibilities at the Mott Library
  • Have no holds or fines on your record
  • Have an ARS card issued from the Circulation Desk at Mott
  • Have a photo ID and the ARS card
  • Limited to 2 books per visit/10 books per semester at the participating libraries
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