Library visitors in the Traverse City area now have a whole new world of resources opened up to them.
The Traverse Area District Library (TADL) has joined the MeLCat system - a statewide library catalog.
If an item you're looking for isn't available here - now you can search public and academic libraries across Michigan - and it will be delivered to your nearby library in about a week.
The goal of MeLCat is to make every library resource easily accessible to every patron - and the TADL couldn't be more excited about joining the program.
"With MeLCat it just makes it more convenient for people to broaden their horizons, check out new things that they wouldn't have discovered," said Amy Barritt, Special Collections Librarian at TADL. "There's a lot of things that we're not going to carry here at the library - text books and art books that sort of thing that might get destroyed easily at a public library - you can go out and request those from university libraries that would carry them."
With about 400 participating libraries, the database has over 42 million items and continues to grow.
To participate, you simply need to be a registered library patron. You'll have 2-3 weeks to have the material checked out, then your local library branch will return the materials for you. The entire program is free.