Even though the Mardigian Library has hundreds of thousands of books and e-books, we can't have everything. But, if you have time before your assignment is due, you can get books from other libraries by visiting other libraries, using U-M's catalog, and through MeLCat.
The Mardigian Library has agreements with several college and university libraries in the Detroit area. You can go to these libraries to check out books. If any of these libraries are convenient to you, you might get the book faster by visiting that library.
Note: See the sections on MeLCat Visiting Patron libraries, Reciprocal borrowing institutions, and InfoPass institutions on this page to see what you need before visiting another library (MCard, proof of current registration, Infopass, etc.). .
You can have books from the UM-Ann Arbor and UM-Flint libraries sent to you at the Mardigian Library (usually in 2 to 4 days):
You will get an email letting you know when you can pick up the book from the Library Info Desk.
The Michigan Electronic Library's catalog (MeLCat) includes materials from libraries throughout Michigan. You can request a book and it will be sent to the Mardigian Library for you to pick up. Most books are delivered in 3 to 5 days. You can either search MeLCat directly, or click on the link in the Mardigian Library catalog. For example, if you are looking for the book Monitoring Threatened Species and Ecological Communities, you would:
You will get a message that will tell you if the request is successful or not. If successful, it will also tell you which library the book is coming from (something from the Upper Peninsula will likely take more than 5 days to get to Dearborn). When the book is ready for you to pick up from the Mardigian Library, you will get an email notification.