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RaiderLoan Document Delivery & Interlibrary Loan: RaiderLoan Home

Campus Shutdown

  • During the campus shutdown, some services provided by the RaiderLoan office have changed: 
    • Statewide MeLCat borrowing is suspended until Michigan library buildings re-open.
    • RaiderLoan OCLC article requests for online delivery have re-opened!!!
    • New RaiderLoan accounts may again be created.
  • RETURNS: Please retain any borrowed items until the Library re-opens; overdue fines incurred during the library closure will be waived.
  • If you do not have the library resources you need, please [Ask-a-Librarian]

What is RaiderLoan?

(Digital articles ARE available; some services currently unavailable.)Books to be mailed to your home

RaiderLoan is the name for Document Delivery & Interlibrary Loan Services at GRCC. We 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

GRCC borrows and lends materials using two networks: MeLCat Michigan eLibrary and OCLC (EGP), a utility with a world-wide scope.

MelCat: Michigan's Statewide Library Network

If you don't find the title you want in [RaiderSearch Catalog], click the [Search MeLCat] button:search MeLCat button

If your title appears in MeLCat, click on [Get this for me!].

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

OR Go to GRCC Library OneSearch, for the title again, if you enjoy online books.

GRCC gets MeLCat 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, along with community members with a photo ID.. 

How does RaiderLoan Work?

[New Users Create an Account - OR - Sign in to Place a Request]

Who may borrow?  

  • RaiderLoan services are offered to Grand Rapids Community College students, faculty, emeritus faculty, and staff with a GRCC email address. Ferris State University affiliates may place requests through FSU.
How long does RaiderLoan take?
Your request will be processed by GRCC when it is received.  Delivery depends on the type of resource you are borrowing, and how long the lending library and the delivery systems take to get it to you. 
  • Articles:
    • Your article usually arrives in 1-7 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] CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE your title will typically arrive in 3-12 business days, and you can pick it up at the 1st Floor Circulation Desk.  It may take longer if in use at some libraries, so order right away!
    • [Pickup location - My Home (Slower)]  CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE 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?  

Many libraries will not lend the following types of materials:

  • Textbooks
  • Entire periodical issues (but individual articles are okay to request)
  • Materials with local circulation restrictions
  • Genealogical material
  • Rare, valuable, or unique materials
  • New books purchased in the previous 6 months

How do I return what I borrowed?  

  • See the instructions on the [ Place a Request] tab. 

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

Kathy Schoen, Library Specialist - Interlibrary Loan

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Kathy Schoen
Contact:
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GRCC Library EGP
143 Bostwick Ave NE
Grand Rapids MI 49503
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616-234-3749
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Visiting Patron

RaiderCard in hand graphicCURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE: If you don't have time to wait for RaiderLoan, you may want to consider the Visiting Patron Program which allows you to travel to Participating MeLCat Libraries,  and check out books using your RaiderCard and driver's license. When done, return materials to that library, or to GRCC's Library.