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InterLibrary Loan: Home

To make requesting materials even easier,

stop at the first-floor circulation desk to add the barcode on the back of your SVSU identification card to your account.

About MeLCat Libraries

The list of participating MeLCat libraries has two important pieces of information:

  • Since SVSU is part of the Visiting Patron program, if you visit another participating library (e.g., CMU or MSU) you may check out their materials directly at their circulation desk.
  • The list also indicates whether the library loans media through MeLCat as we do. 
  • If you visit libraries that are participate in both Visiting Patron and media loans you can check out media at their circulation desk.

Choosing the Right Service

Which service is right for you right now?

What you need Students Remote 
Campus
Students
Faculty and Staff
Books and Sheet
Music (ours)
Place a Hold  Tipasa Place a Hold 
Books and Sheet
Music (not ours)
Prefer MeLCat
also Tipasa
Tipasa Prefer MeLCat
also Tipasa
CD's and videos (ours) Place a Hold  Tipasa Place a Hold 
CD's and videos
(not ours)
MeLCat Not Available MeLCat
Articles and Book
Chapters (ours)

Document

Delivery via

Tipasa

Document

Delivery via

Tipasa

Document

Delivery via

Tipasa

Articles and Book
Chapters (not ours)

Tipasa

Tipasa

Tipasa

Textbooks (ours) Place a Hold Tipasa Place a Hold 
Textbooks (not ours) Not Available Not Available Prefer MeLCat
also Tipasa

Overview of Services

The Library offers several services to provide materials to currently registered students, faculty and staff. Each service is described in detail under the appropriate tabs on this page.

Services that supply you with SVSU-owned material

  • Place a Hold is an option to reserve a book, etc., while on our Library online catalog.              
    • Items are held for pickup at the 1st floor Circulation Desk.                                                                                  

  • Document Delivery via Tipasa processes requests for our material. 
    • Articles are delivered electronically
    • Students who take courses at remote SVSU locations can have other materials mailed to them.

Services that supply you with materials from other Libraries

  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL) also uses Tipasa.  ILL is used when requesting materials from North America.
    • Materials you may request are limited to books, chapters from books, music scores and sheet music, and articles. 
    • Because of the expenses involved, there are some limitations based on availability of the requested item.
  • MeLCat borrows materials from other Michigan libraries.
    • Offers the ability to request video recordings and music recordings in addition to books and music scores and sheet music.. 
    • Currently MeLCat does not support requesting articles.  

Choosing between ILL and MeLCat

  • MeLCat is the preferred service if a title is available via MeLCat.
    • MeLCat loan periods are guaranteed for 28 days with a 28 day renewal whereas ILL loan periods are determined by the lending library with renewals not guaranteed.
    • In many cases we are able to borrow materials from other state funded universities. The loan periods in these cases are 90 days with a 30 day renewal.
    • Media loans in MeLCat are only for 14 days with no renewals.
  • If you have special loan needs, please contact the Head of Access Services (Heather Fisher - hgfisher@svsu.edu) to make arrangements.

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