MeLCat servers will experience service interruptions beginning Wednesday, November 18 at 12 a.m. – through Friday, December 11 for a major technical upgrade of the MelCat system. Going forward, this migration will help improve both user experience and functionally of this service. Because these temporary interruptions may cause some inconveniences while conducting your research, please read below for suggestions on how to access your materials as smoothly as possible.
What Should I do?
We highly recommend that you begin ordering your research materials NOW. This will ensure that your requests will be processed by November 18 when ALL requests processing will cease.
What services will be affected?
• Books and Media Request
Book and Media Request:
On Wednesday, November 18, just after midnight, MeLCat requesting will be turned off for all users. No new requests will be accepted via the MeLcat Catalog. The “Get this for me!” link will be disabled.
The service interruption is expected to last until Friday, December 11 at which time we anticipate the Melcat service to be fully restored. If the migration is completed prior to December 11, requesting will be turned on as soon as possible and we will post an announcement on our website to notify users.
During this time, MeLcat Visiting Patron service will also NOT be available.
MeL Databases will be affected from December 2 – 11 in the following ways: Users directly searching the MeL Databases will be verified they are using a Michigan based IP address. If the IP isn’t recognized as being in Michigan, patrons will NOT be able to use the optional remote login.
What are my options to acquire resources I need for my research?
The University Libraries offer several services to use in lieu of MelCat during this downtime. ALL of these services require that you physically visit the library that houses the resources that you wish to access. Please see the below list of services offered and how to access them.
This is a mediated service. Just submit your request to Interlibrary Loan and we will make every attempt to acquire the material(s) you need in a timely manner. Please keep in mind that while we attempt to fill requests locally, as to cut down on delivery time, not all lending libraries will be in Michigan so delivery time may vary.
Just go to https://wayne.illiad.oclc.org/illiad/illiad.dll to submit your request. If have not used this service before, you will need to register your account upon first logging in.
Participating libraries can be viewed here: OCLC Library Directory
This service offers in-person access to the resources and information housed in libraries throughout Michigan. The lending policies of the participating libraries vary. It is best to call ahead or consult the library’s website if you are looking to access a specific collection or service. Participating libraries normally lend only printed materials to MILibrary borrowers. Some libraries may loan other types of resources if their individual policies permit. Materials borrowed through this program are to be returned to the library from which they were borrowed, and local library policies and late fees apply. WSU Libraries will not be responsible for any late fees.
To get a MILibrary sticker, present your OneCard at any library service desk on main campus or at the Extension Centers. We will verify that you are a current faculty or staff member or enrolled student, as well as a borrower in good standing. You will be given a MILibrary sticker to apply to your Onecard. Take your Onecard to any participating MIlibrary location and you will be given guest borrower privileges.
Michigan Research Libraries Triangle (MRLT)
Graduate students and faculty from the three MRLT institutions (Wayne State University, University of Michigan, and Michigan State University) can receive guest borrowing privileges at any of the three universities.
You must be a currently enrolled graduate student or faculty member in good standing with your own library. To receive a library card from one of the two other institutions WSU graduate students need to present a OneCard, another form of picture ID and a form that verifies status as a currently enrolled graduate student. Any of the University Libraries Service Desks will be able to provide you with the completed form once we verify your status.
Wayne State University affiliates (defined as students, faculty, staff, and retirees) can borrow books not available at WSU libraries, from other libraries in the Detroit area. Students receiving an INFOPASS are responsible for adhering to all borrowing provisions of the lending library, and are liable for all fees or fines which may be incurred. Failure to return materials and/or pay all fees and fines from the lending library may result in a block on WSU borrowing privileges and/or a hold being placed on WSU academic records.
Come to a WSU library reference service desk with information about the book that you require, along with your current WSU OneCard.The librarian will verify that the requested item is available from a lending library that accepts INFOPASS. The librarian will verify that the borrower has no outstanding holds on the borrower’s library record. The INFOPASS is valid for 10 days from the date of issuance. The borrower is limited to borrowing Items on one INFOPASS. (This may be further limited at the lending libraries discretion.) Books borrowed with an INFOPASS must be returned to the lending library, not a WSU library.