We recently announced the Grosse Pointe Public Library’s participation in the exiting new MILibraryCard program. As with our long-standing participation in MeLCat, the MILibraryCard program gives our GPPL patrons access to library materials throughout the state, effectively expanding our collections to millions of items! The two programs work differently though:
MelCat is the statewide inter-library loan system.
GPPL patrons can:
- search MeLCat holdings for both print and audiovisual items;
- place holds on those items; and,
- have the items delivered to their preferred GPPL branch.
MILibraryCard is the statewide reciprocal borrowing program.
GPPL patrons can:
- register for this program at their preferred GPPL branch to get a MILibraryCard sticker for their GPPL library card;
- take their MILibraryCard-enabled GPPL library card to another participating library – on vacation, for research projects, at college, etc. – to get a limited-access library card for that library; and,
- use that limited-access library card to borrow up to ten print items (generally books) from the host library.
Of course, both of these programs also allow patrons from other libraries in the state to borrow GPPL materials. Both programs require borrowers to have library accounts in good standing, which means their registration is current and their fines are below the $5 maximum. The complete program guidelines for the MILibraryCard program, along with the extensive list of participating libraries, can be found at MILibraryCard.org .
We are pleased to be able to present these excellent resource-sharing programs to our Grosse Pointe Public Library cardholders and look forward to hearing your stories of how they benefit you!