ACCESSING MATERIALS NOT
FOUND IN YOUR LIBRARY
November 3, 2013
If you cannot find the item you’re
looking for after searching in your
local library’s catalog, expand your
search to include your library’s
The Printing Revolution in Early
Modern Europe, by Elizabeth L.
Image: Lakeland Library
Stop and Reflect
Why do you think libraries join cooperatives?
Possible answer: The Lakeland Library
Cooperative “strengthens member libraries in
eight west Michigan counties by providing the
means to share resources, services and
expertise for the benefit of individuals and
Source: Lakeland Library Cooperative (2013c).
Still no luck? Try
• A network that makes titles held by
any participating library available to
users of another MeL library
Michigan eLibrary (2013a).
Basics of MeLCat
• Request a book
through your local
library, using your
library card ID.
• You can then have
it delivered to
your local library.
• Loan period is
Your home library’s catalog should
have a link to search MeLCat, or you
can search directly at www.mel.org
Lakeland Library Cooperative
Select the field, and
enter search terms
Michigan eLibrary (2013b)
MeL results page: libraries that have
Most academic and many public
libraries in Michigan participate
Stop and reflect: What
might be some of the
benefits of MeL to
Possible answer: Provides “easy-to-use
interlibrary loan system to allow Michigan
residents to borrow books and other library
materials for free from participating Michigan
libraries.” Source: Michigan eLibrary (2013d)
Test your knowledge!
True or False: A library cooperative often
consists of libraries that are in close
geographical proximity to one another.
• Answer: True (this allows the member
libraries to easily share resources and
Test your knowledge!
Which of the following is not a benefit to
borrowers when their libraries participate in MeL?
A. They have access to many more titles than their
own library holds.
B. They can borrow materials for the same length
of time as if they were in their local library.
C. They can have materials delivered to their local
• Answer: B. The loan period is not always as
long as it would be if the item were checked
out from the borrower’s local library.
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Eisenstein, E. L. (2005). The Printing Revolution in Early
Modern Europe (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Cambridge
Lakeland Library Cooperative (2013a). Home page: map of
west Michigan counties [Online image]. Retrieved from
Lakeland Library Cooperative (2013b). Fact Sheet.
Lakeland Library Cooperative (2013c). Advanced Keyword
Search. Retrieved from http://lakenet.llcoop.org/search/
Michigan eLibrary (2013a). Home page. Retrieved from
Michigan eLibrary (2013b). Quick MeLCat Search.
Retrieved from http://elibrary.mel.org/search
Michigan eLibrary (2013c). Results page. Retrieved from
Michigan eLibrary (2013d). About MeL: Mission Statement.
Retrieved from http://www.mel.org/index.php?P=MeL-AboutMeL