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MeLCat Unavailable Beginning February 1, 2021

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Answered By: Matthew Reidsma
Last Updated: Dec 04, 2020     Views: 50

On February 1, 2021 GVSU Libraries will temporarily stop borrowing books from other libraries via MeLCat as GVSU Libraries change our search software.

How will this impact users:

  • Users who access MeLCat Books through the Library Search interface will see no difference in the request a book option -- book requests will just automatically be directed to Document Delivery.
  • Users may encounter a slightly longer wait for book delivery than that provided by MeLCat
  • Users who access MeLCat through the MeLCat interface will not be able to select GVSU as a delivery location.
  • MeLCat Users can still use MeLCat and pick their local public library as a pickup location.

How long will this last: To be determined. Our goal is to have MeLCat loaning back up by Fall 2021, but at this point no guaranteed timeline is in place.

Please share this information with your students if they may need to request titles for your course in the Winter 2021 semester or reach out to your liaison librarian to discuss alternatives such as open education resources or explore electronic availability of course texts.

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