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Graphic Novels at GRCC

Graphic Novels spelled out with book covers

GRCC’s Library has graphic novels! Who knew? Graphic novels are “books made up of comics content. Although the word “novel” normally refers to long fictional works, the term “graphic novel” is applied broadly and includes fiction, non-fiction, and anthologized work.” – Wikipedia.

This collection is used by graphic arts students, English as a Second Language learners, and those seeking a alternative to “too-much text”.  If you don’t see what you want, try our free MeLCat Interlibrary Loan Service where we borrow titles from other Michigan libraries (with larger graphic novel collections) we don’t own and alert you when they’re here.

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Love to Read?

GRCC’s Library contains a great collection focused on resources for instructional use. But, if you’re like many of us, sometimes you just want to read something “fun.”  Did you know that you can request leisure reading titles to be delivered from MeLCat search for Aretha Frankling titleother Michigan libraries to GRCC for your use? For free?

Here’s how:

  1. Start at GRCC’s RaiderSearch Catalog and run a [Title] search for the book,  video, or CD  you want.
  2. If GRCC does not own the book, then click the [Search MelCat] icon which runs the same search in the statewide MeLCat Catalog.
  3. Select your title from the MeL screen and click [Get this for me] and follow the screen prompts. You’ll be asked to logon with your last name and 7-digit Raider Number.
  4. We’ll contact you when the title arrives from the lending library. When you’re done, drop it back at GRCC’s Library and we’ll return it!

It’s easy… free to GRCC… and, it will expand your reading options astronomically!

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MeLCat Requesting

MeL logoDuring the latter part of this semester, MeLCat requests will be temporarily shut down due to server migration in Lansing.

  • If you are a MeLCat user, request titles before Tuesday November 17; you may start requesting titles again via MeLCat beginning December 12.
  • If you have MeLCat titles already checked out or due during this time frame, you should still return them to GRCC. If you need a renewal, go to [MyMeLCat].

You may place requests at any time by starting at the [RaiderLoan Document Delivery & Interlibrary Loan] Subject Guide to set up a RaiderLoan account. Setup only needs to be done once. After you’ve created a RaiderLoan account*, fill out and submit your requests.

*Tip: You must use your GRCC email address for all notifications and receipt of articles and book chapters in RaiderLoan. Please note, your RaiderLoan password is not the network password, so be sure to make the RaiderLoan password something you will remember.

MeLCat is the statewide union catalog and resource sharing service to share materials among all types of libraries in Michigan. GRCC has been a MeLCat partner since its inception.

For more information or assistance, contact Kathy Schoen at 616-234-3749 or kschoen@grcc.edu.

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MeLCat will be down July 24th from 1PM-3PM

EDIT: MeLCat is now back up!

MeLCat, the statewide library system that allows you to request and send items to you from any participating library in the state of Michigan, will be down today starting about 1PM and going for a few hours.

We will update when MeLCat is back online.

Per the Michigan Library notice:

The MeLCat central server (elibrary.mel.org) will be down on Wednesday,
July 24 to perform a software upgrade. The upgrade will begin at 1PM and
we expect it will be down for only a couple of hours. A message will be
sent to the list once it is available. PLEASE distribute this information
within your library to any staff potentially affected by this downtime.

Here’s what’s affected:

MeLCat Implications:

  • You and your patrons will *not* be able to search MeLCat or place new requests on MeLCat.
  • You will be able to process existing requests and check out to patrons using the DCB server or your local Innovative systems.
  • Patrons trying to do renewals may get a “server unavailable” message
  • All DCB data loading activities will continue as usual.
  • While data loading will continue, circulation and catalog updates to the central server from Innovative local servers and the DCB servers will sit in a queue until the central server comes back up.

MeL Database Implications:

  • The ability to search multiple MeL Databases at the same time will be unavailable.
  • The MeL databases on the mel.org site here verify that patrons are in Michigan based on the IP address of their computer. If the IP isn’t recognized as being in Michigan, patrons will be presented with the remote login via drivers license or account at a MeLCat library screen. These patrons will not be able to login.
  • Libraries who use direct URLs to link to the MeL databases without IPs registered DIRECTLY with the database vendors will not have access.
  • Libraries with direct links to the databases should be able to access
  • the databases in the usual fashion (assuming that the vendor has your IP address registered.

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MeLCat down for maintenance, March 6

From MeL:

We need to perform a software upgrade on the existing MeLCat central
server (elibrary.mel.org.) The MeLCat central server (elibrary.mel.org) will be down on Tuesday, March 6th. We expect it will be down most of the day. PLEASE distribute this information within your library to any staff potentially affected by this downtime.

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