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This is a guide to support the research projects of the SMASH summer program, held at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

Borrowing Books from WSU Libraries if you have a Detroit Public Library card

If you have a Detroit Public Library card, you can go to a branch of the Detroit Public Library, you may already have the MI Library Card logo (pictured above) on your library card. 

When you have a MI Library Card logo or sticker on your public Library card, you can use that card to check out books from the Wayne State University library. Make sure you also bring picture or school ID with you, along with your public Library card with the MI Library Card sticker or logo on it.

See if your local public library is a MI Library Card participant.

Borrowing Books from WSU Libraries if you live outside the City of Detroit

MelCat logoYour public library may be a MeLCat member. 

You can search the MeLCat catalog and borrow books from over 100 university, college and public libraries across the state of Michigan, including Wayne State University. You request books using the Get This For Me! button. Requested books will be delivered to your local public library, usually within 5-10 business days.

You should check with your local public librarian to have them help you use MeLCat to borrow books.

Check to see if your public library is a member on this list of MeLCat Participating Libraries.

Search the MeLCat Catalog

Detroit Public Library is not a member of the MeLCat system. Use the MI Library Card option to borrow books from Wayne State University.

Searching the Wayne State University library catalog for books

Michigan Electronic Library (MEL) Databases

The Michigan Electronic Library (MEL) provides free access to all Michigan residents to several licensed ($$) article databases. You can use there resources to explore topics, and find articles published in scholarly, trade and popular publications on your essay topic.

Click on the logo to go right to the MEL database page.