Borrowing from other Libraries

The library's Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service enables patrons to obtain materials not held by the Van Pelt and Opie Library, including books and other physical materials, as well as electronic copies of journal articles and papers. The library offers two ways to borrow materials through Interlibrary Loan, through access to the MeLCat and ILLiad systems.

Try MeLCat First for Books

Use MeLCat (The Michigan eLibrary) to request books, DVDs, or CDs not found in the library’s catalog. Anyone with an active HuskyCard or Courtesy Borrowing Card may use MeLCat. See MeLCat Help for details on how to use this service.


Use ILLiad for Articles, Papers, and Books not Available in MeLCat

Use ILLiad to request a PDF of journal articles, conference papers, and book chapters not available in the library’s e-journals, databases or online catalog. Books not available through MeLCat can also be requested for loan using ILLiad. ILLiad is available for all Michigan Tech faculty, students, and staff with an active HuskyCard.

Loan and Renewal Periods

HuskyCard Holders (Faculty, Students, Staff) Loan Period Renewals
MeLCat (Regular Loan) 3 weeks 1
MeLCat (Short Loan)

1 weeks

None

ILLiad

3-6 weeks *

1 *

Courtesy Borrowing Card Holders (Community Patrons)

 

 

MeLCat (Regular Loan)

3 weeks

1

MeLCat (Short Loan)

1 week

None

ILLiad

Service not available

Service not available

* Estimated. Actual renewal periods vary by institution.


Visiting Another Library?

MeLCat Visiting Patron Service enables anyone with an active HuskyCard or Courtesy Borrowing card to borrow materials from participating libraries.

The OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing program permits Michigan Tech faculty to access the collections of research libraries throughout North America. A card for the program may be obtained from the Library and IT Service Center. Because participating libraries may have different privileges, faculty are encouraged to contact the library they are visiting in advance for details.

For Other Libraries and Institutions

The Van Pelt and Opie Library participates in interlibrary loan through OCLC and MeLCat Resource Sharing. For our policies, please see the OCLC Policies Directory entry for EZT (OCLC login required). Institutions that do not participate in OCLC or MeLCat should contact ill@mtu.edu for our lending services and policies. Individuals should contact their local public or university library's interlibrary loan service to request materials from the library collections.

Interlibrary Loan Policy

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is the sharing of resources between libraries to facilitate the research and instruction of members of the Michigan Technological University community (patrons). The library provides ILL services using two systems: ILLiad and MeLCat. The following information applies to all patrons of ILL, regardless of the system they use to request interlibrary loan services.

  • All patron and transaction information will be kept confidential
  • This institution reserves the right to refuse or accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve a violation of copyright.
  • The Patron is responsible for:
    • Providing a clear and complete citation when submitting a request.
    • Being aware of and promptly responding to ILL notices sent via Michigan Tech email. Please see the library's Borrowing Rules and Fees chart for details.
    • Returning all borrowed items by the due date in the same condition in which they were received.
    • Returning any items recalled by the lending library within 3 days of being notified.
    • Honoring the due date and any special instructions noted on the borrowed item.
    • Requesting a renewal for a borrowed item before the due date.
    • Returning overdue items or responding to overdue notices promptly.
    • Reporting any lost or damaged ILL materials to ill@mtu.edu or (906) 487-3207.
    • Paying any recall fines, repair costs or replacement fees. See the Borrowing Rules and Fees chart for more details.
    • Reading and understanding the following statement regarding United States copyright law and ILL:

      The copyright law of the United States, Title 17, US Code, governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement.
  • Patrons who fail to observe their ILL responsibilities and the ILL policies may be blocked from ILL use and incur fines and fees.