MeLCat Statewide Catalog

MeLCat Statewide Catalog is the centralized union catalog and resource sharing service created to share materials among all types of libraries in Michigan, regardless of the local circulation system they use. MeLCat contains up-to-date holdings from all participating libraries. While the ability to search MeLCat is open to everyone, only eligible patrons from participating libraries may request materials to be delivered to their home libraries.

Who's in MeLCat now? Please see Participating MeLCat libraries new-window-icon.png.

 MeLCat includes:

MeLCat does not replace a local integrated library system (ILS).

As of January 2018, there are 429 libraries live on MeLCat:

There are 18,287,939 Bibliographic records in MeLCat after matching/merging.  (Data as of December 2017)
There are 49,346,993 Items in MeLCat.  (Data as of December 2017)

New libraries are added regularly. If your library would like to join MeLCat, see Joining MeLCat.

The MeLCat Advisory Committee new-window-icon.png advises the State Librarian on policies for the statewide catalog and resource-sharing system. Specific areas of focus include database standards, MeLCat system evaluation, and borrowing and lending policies and best practices.

MeL new-window-icon.png is a statewide service of the Library of Michigan new-window-icon.png, an agency of the Michigan Department of Education. The Library of Michigan contracts with MCLS and partners with a number of Michigan organizations and institutions to provide MeL services. MeL is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services new-window-icon.png. Additional funding is provided by the State of Michigan and the Library of Michigan Foundation new-window-icon.png.