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.

View/Renew MeLCat Materials

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, enrolled students, staff and emeriti.

View/Renew ILLiad Materials

Loan and Renewal Periods

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

1 weeks



3-6 weeks *

1 *

Courtesy Borrowing Card Holders (Community Patrons)



MeLCat (Regular Loan)

3 weeks


MeLCat (Short Loan)

1 week



Service not available

Service not available

* Estimated—actual renewal periods vary by institution.

Borrowed items kept beyond their due date are overdue. The library will send regular overdue notices to the patron via email. Please see the library's Borrowing Rules and Fees chart for details. 


  • Interlibrary loan cannot be used to obtain textbooks for Michigan Tech courses; few libraries lend textbooks.
  • Library staff will make every effort to obtain requested items. However, we generally cannot obtain entire issues of journals, reference or no-loan materials, rare/unique items, or copies of patents and standards.
  • Interlibrary loan materials may not be placed on course reserves. Do let us know when items are needed for reserves.

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.

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 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.