MiLE is a new web-based interlibrary loan resource that links
the catalogs of over 100 libraries in southeast Michigan.
The list of participating libraries includes public, academic,
medical and special libraries. Users are able to search a
virtual union catalog and place online requests directly.
The system allows users to track the status of each request
and automatically informs the user by email when the item
is available for pick-up.
ELIGIBILITY and COST
Oakland University faculty, staff and currently enrolled
students are eligible to use MiLE for free.
This project is made possible by a Library Services and Technology
grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and
is administered by the Library of Michigan.
At present only circulating books and government documents
are available for a three-week period with no renewals. The
upcoming version of the software will permit patrons to request
HOW to USE MiLE
Patrons may access MiLE via the interlibrary loan home-page,
by clicking here. To search and request, Oakland University
patrons must logon by using the barcode on the back of their
library card. See the Frequently Asked
Questions for more tips on using MiLE.
PICK-UP and RETURN of MATERIALS
All books must be picked up at the Circulation Desk of Oakland
University's Kresge Library and will be charged to the borrower's
library account. Patrons will be notified by email when materials
are ready to be picked up.
All MiLE loans must be returned to the Circulation Desk of
Oakland University's Kresge Library. MiLE loans must never
be returned through the Library's book drops.
A jacket attached to the front of each item contains the
due date, patron's name and any conditions set by the lending
library. This jacket must never be removed from the item.
The library charges 25¢ per day for each overdue interlibrary
loan item. Failure to return overdue material will also result
in borrowing and registration holds placed on the patron's
university record. MiLE service is a courtesy extended by
lending libraries, and if their regulations are disregarded
they may discontinue service to this library.
MESSAGE FROM the ASSOCIATE DEAN
Oakland University's Kresge Library is offering a new interlibrary
loan service to support the research and instruction of OU
students and faculty. MiLE (Michigan Library Exchange) will
greatly enhance access to books and documents by enabling
authorized members of the OU community to simultaneously search
the catalogs of over 100. participating libraries, then submit
requests to have the books delivered by courier to the Kresge
Library. I invite you to visit the Interlibrary Loan homepage
to learn more about MiLE. Give it a try and let us know how
it works for you!
- Julie Voelck, Associate Dean
Oakland University, Kresge Library
2200 N Squirrel Rd., Rochester, MI 48309
(248) 370 - 4426