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Interlibrary Borrowing

Interlibrary loans will resume after Labor Day

Our interlibrary loan service through MeL will resume on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. We would appreciate the return of any items you borrowed from MeLCat prior to our closing in person or through the drive-thru materials return. All items previously borrowed need to be returned to their home libraries. Any damaged, lost, or non-returned MeLCat items will be billed for replacement before we restart this service.

Borrow materials from other libraries

For hard to find books, resident and paying non-resident cardholders can try our Interlibrary Loan services. PDL is a member of the Michigan eLibrary Catalog, which provides you with access to materials from libraries throughout the state.

If you are unable to locate a title you are looking for in our library catalog, try searching MeLCat. You can directly request items to come from libraries located throughout the state of Michigan. This service is limited to residents of the Portage Library District service area and is also extended to those who purchase a non-resident membership.

How does it work?

To order items from MeLCat, you just need to have your library card number and an email address. All materials requested will be delivered to the Portage District Library. You will be notified when your requested items arrive, and you will be able to pick them up at the Checkout Desk.

All books requested through MeLCat checkout for three weeks and are able to be renewed one time before they are overdue. Movies and music check out for one week and are never renewable. All items checked out through MeLCat are subject to overdue charges in accordance with our regular borrowing policies. However, the replacement charges for non-return or loss of MeLCat items is determined by the lending library.

What if I still can’t find my title?

If you are unable to locate the title you need on MeLCat, please contact one of our librarian staff for further assistance. In the case of newly released titles, we may be able to purchase the title to add to the Library’s collection. Also, don’t forget about our many reciprocal borrowing agreements with other local libraries. You may be able to find what you need locally and check it out directly!

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