COVID-19: Updates on Library Services

Last updated 7/1/2020: The Library of Michigan is closed to the public until further notice. Please read below the following changes to the library's services and MeLCat item availability.

Changes to Library Services During Closure

Borrowed Materials

Due dates for borrowed items have been extended to July 20, 2020. You may also renew items by logging in to your library account at answercat.org (click on “My Library Record” at the top of the page).  In either case, you will not be penalized for late returns/overdue materials.

Individuals wishing to return items during our closure may do so at our outside book return, which is accessible from the circle drive by the south entrance to our building.  Enter the drive from Kalamazoo St. between Butler and Pine Streets. Materials will be checked in when the library reopens.  

No items may be checked out from our collection at this time. Requesting items through MeLCat is also suspended.

If you have any questions about materials you have out, please email Circulation@Michigan.gov, or call 517-335-1477.

Michigan eLibrary

Working or studying from home? The Michigan eLibrary has eBooks, research, and study materials available 24/7/365 for every type of learner. Check your local public library’s website or visit www.mel.org.

MeLCat Requests

Libraries are just getting re-opened and it will be a little while before MeLCat will be available again. The plan is to restart MeLCat when 75-80% of member libraries indicate they are ready to begin lending and borrowing again. The MeL team is currently gathering data from Michigan libraries to find out when they anticipate being ready for MeLCat. The eResources in MeL could be an alternative in the interim. You may not find an exact match but you might find related material.

Information will be made available when MeLCat will be able to restart. The availability of requesting MeLCat items to be recieved at the Library of Michigan is contigent on when our facility reopens. General MeLCat announcements will go out on MeL's Twitter and Facebook accounts as well as the MeL Minute blog. Updates for MeLCat services at the Library of Michigan will be made on the library's website and social media accounts.

Additional Information for State Employees

Online Resources and Library Cards

State employees can access additional online resources here: https://www.michigan.gov/research

Any State of Michigan employee who does not have a library user account/library card with the Library of Michigan already or who needs to renew their card, may apply online at https://www.michigan.gov/libraryofmichigan/0,9327,7-381-88856_89615---,00.html

Library staff typically process your request within one business day and will send you an email providing you with your barcode number and PIN, which you will need to access the above-mentioned e-resources. Processing times may change based on staff availability during our building's closure. The physical library cards will be sent to applicants through ID mail once the Library of Michigan has reopened.

Interlibrary Loan

State employees may still request items, but delivery of physical materials is suspended. Items already requested and received by us will be held at the Library of Michigan until the library reopens or until they are due back at their owning institution, whichever is earlier.

Requests from state employees for electronic articles will be filled as much as possible. Please be aware that due to many libraries being closed, some requests will not be able to be filled and some make take longer than usual to be filled. Articles we are able to receive on your behalf will be sent to you via email, as usual.

Loan terms for ILL items you already have are being extended.

We're available via email at Librarian@Michigan.gov and ILLoan@Michigan.gov.

Additional Information for Michigan Libraries

Library Development Questions

Michigan libraries with questions related to statewide programs, continuing education, resources, consulting, grant funding and other services provided by Library Development can direct those questions to individual staff listed in the Library Development Directory.