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Request Materials

You need high quality information and the library is here to provide it.

This includes connecting you with resources already in the collection, as well as borrowing items from other libraries and purchasing materials that you suggest.

MeLCat Requesting

MeLCat is a catalog of books, DVDs, and audio recordings from Michigan libraries. Place your request online and pick up the material at Van Wylen Library. MeL items are typically delivered faster than Interlibrary Loan and arrive within 1-2 weeks.

Log into MyMeLCat using the barcode on the back of your Hope ID to check the status of current requests or to renew items borrowed via MeL.

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Interlibrary Loan

With Interlibrary Loan (ILL), you can borrow items not owned by Van Wylen Library. Before requesting anything through ILL, make sure to check our library catalog and MeLCat. MeLCat is a statewide lending service that typically sends items faster than traditional ILL does.

Request Hope Materials

If an item in Hope Primo is checked out or you don't want to bother fetching it from the shelf, sign in and press the "Request This" button in the Primo record. We'll put the item on hold and send you an email when it is ready to pick up at the Circulation Desk in the library.

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Suggest a Purchase

Feel free to recommend books, films, music, databases or other items for our permanent collection. We are committed to providing supportive materials for all areas of study.

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Citation Lookup

Citation Linker is a tool that helps you find the full text of an article when all you have is a DOI, PubMed identifier or citation (article title, author, journal name, etc.). Citation Linker can tell you if the article is available online, in print at the library, or if you need to request it via Interlibrary Loan.

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