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Interlibrary Loan (MeL)

MeLCat is a statewide catalog of items held in participating libraries. These items include books, CDs, DVDs, scores, manuscripts, and other types of materials. Brandon patrons can borrow materials held by other libraries that are also part of MeLCat. 

If you're looking for help on searching MeLCat, please visit the help page.


Interlibrary loan, or "ILL", is a service we offer to patrons of Brandon Township Public Library. The Interlibrary Loan service will locate and borrow items which are not owned by Brandon Township Public Library or any other libraries in our shared TLN (The Library Network) system. 

When searching for materials in our catalog if you find we do not have something you want, you can initiate an ILL request through the librarian at the Adult Services desk or the Children's Services desk. The librarian will want to know the title and author of the item as well as your name, phone number and library card number. Most libraries will not lend entire periodicals, rare or fragile materials or reference books. Newly published books may also be difficult to borrow.

When an item is requested through ILL, we search other Michigan libraries as well as those out of state. Once we are informed by one of these libraries that the item is available and will be sent, it can take 2-4 weeks for Brandon Township Public Library to receive it. As soon as the item is received and processed, you will be notified that it is available for pick-up.

Should you need to renew and ILL item, please call us at 248-627-1460 before the item is due. We then contact the lending library to request an extended due date. A one time renewal of ILL materials may be granted at the discretion of the lending library.