MeLCat is the Dexter District Library's secondary resource for borrowing hard to find materials.

MelCat Interlibrary Loan requesting will be unavailable from November 18 through December 11, 2015 in order to facilitate the databases being moved to a new host site.

MeL staff determined a short, complete shutdown would be best for data transfer and result in fewer errors once the system was restored.

This shutdown will not affect requests placed through the Dexter District Library‚Äôs shared catalog.  The bulk of requests are filled through this catalog and will continue to be filled while MeLCat is unavailable. 

There really is no perfect time to suspend service on a system as large as MeLCat. The timing was based on input from libraries and an analysis of MeLCat requests placed last year. In general, this time of year sees fewer MeLCat requests.

Eligible MeLCat renewals will be possible until Wednesday, December 2, 2015. After that date, the ability to renew will vary until the system is fully restored on December 11.

Some materials may still be due during this time.  MeLCat materials may be returned during the outage.  The Library will check these in and they will be removed from your Dexter District Library record.