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Research Toolkit: Books from Another Library

If you can't find a book you're looking for (and you really want it), use MeLCat to borrow it from another Michigan library. More about MeLCat:

  • Available to all current students and faculty at no cost.
  • Takes 7-10 business days for books to be delivered via MeLCat. 
  • You will be notified by K College email when the book is ready to be picked up.


Using MeLCat to Find and Request Books


Step 1: Use the basic search or advanced search to find the book(s) you are looking for.
Pro tip: advanced search is best when searching for a specific title, author, or subject.

Step 2: When you find the book you are looking for in the results list, you can click the title for more information, or click the button Get this from MeLCat to request the book.


Step 3: Under "Which MeLCat Library Card/Account you want to use?", select Kalamazoo College from the drop down list, then type your name and your 14 Digit Barcode Number, which is on your K ID card. Or you can login to your Library Account to find your Barcode Number. Click Submit to complete the request. 


Using Interlibrary Loan to Find and Request Books and other Materials

Interlibrary Loan
supplements the Kalamazoo College Library’s resources by providing materials not available from our library. Kalamazoo College students may obtain materials such as books, chapters, and journal articles that are not available in the Kalamazoo College Library collection.

To request materials through Interlibrary Loan, you must complete and submit a request form in Kalamazoo College Library’s Interlibrary Loan system.