J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library

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 our Interlibrary Loan systems.

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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

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Use Interlibrary Loan for Articles, Papers, and Books not Available in MeLCat

Use Interlibrary Loan 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 Interlibrary Loan. Interlibrary Loan is available for all Michigan Tech faculty, enrolled students, staff and emeriti.

View/renew Interlibrary Loan Materials.

Learn about our patron privacy practices and how to save your borrowing history.

Loan and Renewal Periods

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

1 weeks


Interlibrary Loan

3-6 weeks *

1 *

Courtesy Borrowing Card Holders (Community Patrons)



MeLCat (Regular Loan)

3 weeks


MeLCat (Short Loan)

1 week


Interlibrary Loan

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. 


  • Library staff will make every effort to obtain requested items. However, we generally cannot obtain entire issues of journals, no-loan materials, textbooks, rare/unique items, or copies of 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 Service Desk. Because participating libraries may have different privileges, faculty are encouraged to contact the library they are visiting in advance for details.