Request Materials

If we don’t have the materials you’re looking for, we have several alternative options to get materials to you. Please be sure to check our collection before placing your request.

Request an article


Suggest a purchase


NMC Library is part of MeLCat, a statewide library catalog. MeLCat makes it easy to borrow books and media from other Michigan libraries:

  • Search MeLCat and select "Get this from MeLCat"
  • Select Northwestern Michigan College from the drop-down menu
  • Enter your name and library card number
    For students, your library card number is the fourteen-digit number on the back of your NMC ID card. If you do not have a library card, or do not know the number, contact the library.
  • Wait 7–10 days for your item to arrive (you’ll be notified via email)


Does it cost anything to request books/articles?

This service is free of charge to all library users.

How long do requests usually take to arrive?

MeLCat (book/media) requests take an average of 7–10 days to arrive. You can check the status of your request by logging into MyMeLCat.

Article requests can usually be fulfilled within one business day.

What if the book I want to request is showing as “no copies available” in MeLCat?

All copies at other libraries are either checked out, on hold or non-requestable. MeLCat does not keep wait lists, so if there are not copies available, you cannot place a request. Use our Purchase Suggestion Form to request items that are unavailable through MeLCat.

Where/how do I pick up my item(s)?

Books and media requested through MeLCat are held at the library service desk for 10 days. Bring your ID/library card when you come to pick up.

Articles will be emailed to you directly.

How will I be notified when my item(s) are ready?

You will be notified by email when your request is available for pickup. If we don’t have an email address on file, we’ll call you.

How long can I keep my borrowed MeLCat items?

Most MeLCat items check out for four weeks, with an option of one renewal. Some media items have a shortened loan period of 14 days with an option of one renewal. Items must be within seven days of the due date to be eligible for renewal. To renew, log into MyMeLCat or call the library.

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