Michigan State University

Starting on Thursday, December 23, 2021, MeLCat Borrowing and Lending will be suspended while the MSU Libraries undergoes a significant software transition.

MSU students, staff, and faculty can continue to utilize interlibrary loan by placing requests through the MSU Libraries Interlibrary Services department. Community patrons will not be able to use MeLCat through the MSU Libraries during this time, but they can continue to do so using their local public library.

Lending Policies

The MSU Libraries supply loans and scanned copies to academic, public, corporate, and special libraries. Individuals are advised to contact their local public or academic library if they wish to place a request.

Requests are accepted via:

  • OCLC (Symbol: EEM)
  • ILLiad account (We will set up an account for you. Please complete the application form.)

Please note that requests are not accepted over the phone.


MSU Libraries loan the following on a case-by-case basis:

  • Books
  • Bound periodicals - we lend up to four (4) volumes per request
  • Dissertations and theses (in microformat only) - Post-1960 Ph.D. dissertations and post-1977 theses are also available from Proquest Dissertations and Theses.
  • Newspapers and other items on microfilm - we lend up to four (4) reels per request
  • Government documents
  • Non-print media and sound recordings


MSU Libraries provides scanned copies in the following formats:

  • TIFF or PDF files

Please note that copies are sent via Odyssey (our Odyssey IP address is If you do not use Odyssey, a link to the copy will be sent to your department's email address. We cannot notify your patron directly.


  • Loans are sent via UPS and DHL.
  • Charge for shipment via UPS or DHL added to standard loan charge, or charged to your account number when provided.


Loan Charges

Charges for loans per request (postage included):

  • Michigan Libraries: $8.00
  • U.S. and Canada Libraries: $15.00 IFM or $20.00 with invoice to follow
  • International Libraries: $30.00 or two IFLA vouchers
  • Non Library (requests for items in the Vincent Voice Library only): $20.00

Copy Charges

Copy Charges per request:

  • Michigan Libraries: $Free
  • U.S. and Canada Libraries: $15.00 IFM or $20.00 with invoice to follow
  • International Libraries: $15.00 IFM or $20.00 with invoice to follow or two IFLA vouchers

Please note that rush service is provided, upon request for an additional fee of $20.00.

Damaged Items or Replacement Policy

Materials that are damaged during use or not returned may be subject to replacement charges.  An invoice will be created and sent to the borrowing library. 

We do accept replacement copies.  The copy would have to be the same edition (same format) and in new or "like new" condition.  Books should not have any underlining or highlighting.  We do not accept ex-library copies. We do not accept mass paperbacks.  We do reserve the right to reject the replacement copy.

If an edition/version cannot be found but a different one is located, please contact us and we will check with the selector to see if they will accept a different edition/version.

If the original item is located and returned to us, it is possible to request a refund of replacement charges that have been paid minus a $25 processing fee within one year of the payment of the replacement charge.