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Interlibrary Loan

Please note: MeLCat will be unavailable beginning January 15, 2018. Please use ILLiad for interlibrary loan requests until the service is restored in Spring 2019. See below for more information regarding this lapse in service.

Color--logo with name130x90MeLCat lets Albion College students, faculty
and staff borrow materials from libraries across Michigan. If we don’t have what you’re looking for, you can directly request materials through MeLCat. We will contact you as soon as your materials are delivered. There is no charge for this service.



Michigan eLibrary CatalogILLiad lets you get articles and books that we don’t have from other libraries. If MeLCat doesn’t have the resources you need, fill out a request through ILLiad. If you’re a first time ILLiad user, just fill out this form and you’ll be ready to get started! There is no charge for this service.


Important! If you are concerned that your loan or copy is taking longer than it should to arrive, do not send a new request without contacting our office first. Sending new requests causes confusion at both the borrowing and lending libraries. If you are concerned about your interlibrary loan transaction, please contact us for a status check.

  • Interlibrary Loan Office:
  • E-mail:
  • Telephone: 517.629.0383
  • Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm
  • Access Services: Becky Markovich

Please call or email the Interlibrary Loan office If you need your book or article in a week or less.


Melcat outage information

In July 2018, Albion College Library will launch a new, next-generation library system which will include a state-of-the-art online discovery service for the public.  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 a yet to be determined date in Spring 2019.

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 – Spring 2019.  Please make final MeLCat requests prior to January 15th, 2018.

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.