Interlibrary Loan (ILL) offers patrons the opportunity to borrow materials which are not owned by the Wixom Public Library. Many items owned by reciprocating TLN libraries may be requested through the library catalog. If no TLN library owns the desired material, Wixom borrowers may request available items through the statewide catalog, MeLCat.
Materials Requested through the Library Catalog
Wixom Public Library cardholders in good standing may place a maximum of 25 concurrent holds on items through the Library catalog. By default, holds expire after six months; this expiration date can be modified at the time the hold is placed. When items are available for pick-up, borrowers are notified and the material is held for a maximum of seven days.
The loan periods, renewal policies, and fine structure of the owning library are automatically utilized by the TLN circulation system. Borrowers are responsible for all fines incurred regardless of differences between policies. In the case of damaged or lost materials, patrons must make arrangements for payment or replacement with the owning library.
Participating libraries may place ILL restrictions on certain items. If an item is not available for ILL from a reciprocating TLN library, patrons may be able to visit the owning library to borrow it or use it in-house. Check with the owning library to find out if this is the case.
Materials Requested through MeLCat
Items which are not owned by a reciprocating TLN library and that are available on the shelf at a participating MeLCat library at the time of request can be borrowed through MeLCat.
Only Wixom Public Library cardholders in good standing may request items through MeLCat for pick-up at the Wixom Public Library. Eligible borrowers are allowed up to 50 active requests at one time. MeLCat requests are considered active from the time they are made until the requested items have been returned to the supplying libraries or until they are cancelled. When items are available for pick-up, borrowers are notified and the material is held for a maximum of seven days.
TLN uses a default fine structure for MeLCat items: 25 cents per day, with a $10 maximum fine. Print items circulate for 21 days and may be renewed once. Audio/visual items circulate for 7 days and cannot be renewed.
In the case of damaged or lost materials, patrons are billed the replacement cost requested by the owning library plus a $5.00 processing fee per item. If a patron finds a lost item after payment has been made, the patron will receive reimbursement only if the owning library will refund the Wixom Public Library and accept the item for reinstatement.