MeLCat will be unavailable beginning January 15, 2018

MeLCat will be unavailable beginning January 15, 2018

In July 2018, the Albion College Library will launch a new, next-generation library system which will include a new online catalog and OneSearch discovery service. Unfortunately, as part of the implementation process, our library holdings must be removed from MeLCat and the service will be unavailable to Albion College users until August 2018.

Don’t worry, you will still be able to request materials from other libraries using ILLiad, our interlibrary loan system. Keep in mind that ILLiad requests can take a bit longer than MeLCat, so please plan accordingly. Also, due to high transaction costs incurred by the Library, we ask that you limit ILLiad requests to academic materials only. Requests for leisure materials can be made through your local public library.

We apologize for this inconvenience. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at

Questions and Answers:

When will MeLCat be unavailable?
January 15, 2018 – August 2018. Please make final MeLCat requests prior to January 15th.

Why will MeLCat be unavailable for so long?
The outage period is determined by MeLCat and unfortunately cannot be changed.

How do I make a request through ILLiad?
ILLiad requests can be placed by logging in at First-time users must create a FREE account.

What can I request through ILLiad?
Articles, books, audiovisual materials, etc. However, due to transaction costs that will be incurred by the library, please limit requests to research materials only.