MeLCat Help &
Information Page
Dowling Public Library
1765 E Dowling Road
Hastings, Michigan
49058

269-721-3743
SUMMER HOURS
Memorial Day to
Labor Day
Monday,
Tuesday,
Wednesday &
Friday
12 noon to
6:00 p.m.
Online Catalog
SOME RULES
If a book is not picked up within 10 days of receipt at the Dowling Public
Library, it will be shipped back.

If you would like to be notified by email that your book has arrived at the
Dowling Public Library, please give us your email address.

If there are problems with your account, you will not be able to request items
until the problem is resolved.
HOW TO FIND AND REQUEST AN ITEM
Click on the MeLCat logo on any or our web pages or go to http://mel.org.
Then click on "MeLCat" under MeL Catalog. A search page will come up.
Search for your item. Click on the title to see how many libraries own the
item. Check availability. If no copies are available go back and try another
one. Click on "Get this for me." Choose Dowling Public Library from the
drop-down list, click submit. Enter your name and barcode and click submit.

A message will tell you if the book is available at the Dowling Public
Library, or if your request was completed.
HOW TO CANCEL A REQUEST
Go to MeLCat using any of the logos on our website or http://mel.org .
Click on "MyMel" at the top of the screen. Select Dowling Public Library. Log in
& click on requests. Select the box next the item, click on "Cancel selected items."
HOW TO CHECK THE STATUS OF YOUR  
ITEMS AND MANAGE YOUR ACCOUNT
your browser .
Click on "MyMel" at the top of the screen. Select Dowling Public Library and
log in.
From here you can see how many requests are still outstanding and how many
items you have checked out. If you click on "Request" you can see the status
of the item. If it says it's in transit that means it has been shipped out and is on
its way to your library. If it says "Mel Requested" that means it is still being
processed by the lending library.

If you click on "items currently checked out" you can see the status of all the
items you currently have checked out through MeLCat. You can also see the
due date of each item and you may renew your items from here also. Keep in
know.

Renewal is not available until 7 days before the due date. Items are checked out
for 21 days with a one-time renewal of 21 days. Short loan audio and visual
items have a 7 day check out with no renewal.
If you need further assistance please feel free to contact the library. We will do
Mission
Statement:

"The Dowling Public
Library will provide
educational
opportunities and serve
as a resource for the
community."
REGULAR
BUSINESS HOURS
Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesday &
Friday
11am to 6pm



Saturday
10am to 2pm