Interlibrary Loan & Reciprocal Borrowing

Interlibrary Loan from MeLCat

MeLCat is a free service that allows you to make online request for books from libraries across Michigan and have them delivered to Henry Ford College Library.

If you would rather go directly to a participating library to borrow books, be aware that HFC is part of the MeLCat Visiting Patron Service which allows you to check out available materials in person. To borrow materials at another library, be sure to bring your HFC library card, a copy of your class schedule, and a photo ID.

View a full list of MeLCat Libraries .

What you need to know before you use MeLCat:

  • If you want to have your materials delivered to the HFC library, you must be a currently enrolled student, faculty, or staff member of Henry Ford College.
  • You may not request items that are available in the HFC library system. Please ask a librarian if you have any questions.
  • Most books you borrow through MeLCat will be loaned for 3 weeks. You may request an additional 3 week renewal. Audio/visual materials have a 1 week loan period and may not be renewed.
  • You will be notified by phone or email when your items are ready to be picked up. You will also be notified if your request can not be completed for any reason.

Reciprocal Borrowing Privileges

Students have reciprocal borrowing privileges with the University of Michigan-Dearborn. You must present an HFC library card and proof of current registration.
Search for books at the University of Michigan-Dearborn Mardigian Library.

Students also have reciprocal borrowing privileges at at the Dearborn Centennial Library. You will be issued a guest card with a copy of your current class schedule and a valid Michigan ID.
Search for books at Dearborn Public Library.