MeL - Michigan eLibrary

MeL Help

MeL is the Michigan eLibrary, an anywhere, anytime library for Michigan residents. Here you can find specific help for the main areas of MeL and a Frequently Asked Questions section (below) for general information about MeL.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are libraries using MeLCat Visiting Patron instead of Michicard?
After many years of serving Michigan library patrons, Michicard has been superceded by MeLCat Visiting Patron. View the Visiting Patron FAQ here.

Why can't I order audiovisual materials from MeLCat?
Only patrons from libraries that lend AV materials are eligible to borrow AV materials. View the audiovisual policy here.

If I use my driver's license to access a MeL database, will the Department of Motor Vehicles be able to locate me over some old parking tickets?
No. The database that MeL uses to verify Michigan residency does not link to your actual driving record or license information. Here's more about logging in.

How do I know which database to use?
Some database titles are self-explanatory such as Health and Wellness Resource Center, but many databases cover more than one topic. You can use the specific help page for MeL Databases, or ask your local librarian for help.

Why can't I order books from MeLCat?
Not all libraries in Michigan participate in MeLCat. Check if your library participates in MeLCat.

I'm a librarian who wants to know more about MeL. Can you direct me to more technical information?
Please visit Michigan.gov/mel at the Library of Michigan.

My questions still aren't answered.
Contact your local library for more information.

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