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Off-Campus Library Services: RaiderLoan Document Delivery & Interlibrary Loan Home

What is RaiderLoan?

Books to be mailed to your homeRaiderLoan Document Delivery & Interlibrary Loan Services provide students, faculty & staff access to:

  • Resources (books, articles and media) not owned or licensed by GRCC's Library
  • Home delivery of borrowed items
  • Electronic delivery of articles

MelCat: Michigan's Statewide Library Network

If you don't find the title you want in [RaiderSearch Catalog], click the [Search MeLCat] button on the melcat icon

  1. If your title appears in MeLCat, click on [Get this for me!].
  2. Select your home library - [Grand Rapids Comm Coll] is how we are listed - from the pull-down menu.
  3. Click the [Submit] button.
  4. Enter your [last name] and your [7-digit Raider number].
  5. Choose a [pickup location].
  6. You can track your MeLCat loans by logging into [RaiderSearch My Account].
  7. Or, watch this video for instructions from

GRCC gets MeL and Michigan RaiderLoan Deliveries 5-days-a-week from all over the state of Michigan.  MeL Delivery is a free service for GRCC students, faculty & staff.

US Copyright and You

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research". If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. GRCC RaiderLoan follows the CONTU Guidelines and may order up to 5 articles from the last 5 years of each periodical title per calendar year.

Grand Rapids Community College reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

Visiting Patron

Visiting Patron

GRCC Library allows you to travel to participating Michigan libraries and check out books using your RaiderCard.

Which Libraries Participate in Visiting Patron?

In Participating MeLCat Libraries list, find "YES" in the Participates in Visiting Patron? column to see if your home library participates!  Return materials to home library, or to GRCC's Library.

RaiderLoan Document Delivery & Interlibrary Loan Service

[Create a RaiderLoan Request]  OR   [New Users - Open a RaiderLoan Account]

 Who can borrow?

  • This service is offered to Grand Rapids Community College students, faculty, emeritus faculty, and staff with a GRCC email address. Ferris State University affiliates should place requests through FSU.
How long does RaiderLoan take?
Your request will be processed from GRCC as soon as it is received.  It depends on what kind of resource you are borrowing, and, how long the lending library and the delivery systems take to get it to you. 
  • Articles:
    • Your title usually arrives in 1-5 business days.
    • Articles are delivered online to your RaiderLoan account.  You will be notified via GRCC email as soon as the article PDF is available to download.
  • Books and Audiovisual media:
    • Pickup location = GRCC Library - 1st Floor, your title will typically arrive in 3-10 business days, and you can pick it up at the 1st Floor Circulation Desk.
    • Pickup location = My Home (Slower), the item will be mailed first-class as soon as it is received by GRCC, so allow extra time for mail delivery.

What can be borrowed?

  • Books & Audiovisual Material
  • Articles in periodicals not subscribed to by GRCC

What cannot be borrowed?   Most libraries will not ordinarily lend the following types of materials:

  • Textbooks
  • Entire periodical issues (but individual articles are okay to request)
  • Genealogical material
  • Rare, valuable, or unique materials
  • Material with local circulation restriction

How do I return what I borrowed?

  • Article copies are yours to keep.
  • Books and audiovisual media must be returned by the date due written on the item cover slip.  Return the items to GRCC's library; or by book-rate mail at your own cost re-using your package, label and instructions found inside it. If you ask a classmate or professor to return items for you, remember, you are the one responsible for its return and any accrued fines from GRCC or replacement costs from the lending institution.

*For more information or assistance, contact RaiderLoan at 616.234.3749 or email You can also Ask-A-Librarian.

Kathy Schoen

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