E-book, Freegal, MeL, World Book and more.
E-book, Freegal, MeL and Circulation Services
The library owns approximately 45,000 items. These include print materials in regular, large print, magazine and newspaper; audio books in cassette, MP3, CD and playaway; films in VHS and DVD; video games in various platforms. Downloadable books, audio, music and films are available through Overdrive at the Southwest Michigan Digital Library on the website or directly through the card catalog. Your pin for any Overdrive download is your 10 digit phone number. Freegal enables you to download 3 songs every week with your library card, yours to keep! Log into the catalog and click on the Freegal icon to access over 7 million songs.
Interlibrary loan service is available via MeLCat. Items are available from most Michigan Libraries and are delivered to the library for pick-up at no charge to you.
The Buchanan District Library participates in MeLCat the statewide union catalog and resource sharing project to share materials among all types of libraries in Michigan. This gives our patrons access to millions of titles not available in our own library and these titles are delivered directly to our library for you at NO COST! Follow these easy steps to request MeLCat materials or stop in and have the staff walk you through the process.
2. Select your search criteria: keyword, author, title or series title. Type in your search term. Click the Find It button.
3. A list of materials matching your request will open. Click on a title for more info about an item. When you have chosen the item you would like to order click on Get This For Me!
4. The next page will ask you to choose a library from the pull-down menu. Scroll through the list of libraries and highlight Buchanan District Library. Click the Submit Button.
5. Type your name and library card number. And click on Submit. If you receive a message that the request was successful you are finished. The item will be delivered to the library and you will be notified when it is available. If you received any other message you will have to contact the library staff for assistance. Please have no more than 5 items checked out at a time.
All items should be returned to the Buchanan District Library by the due date indicated on the item; renewals must be submitted by the due date.
To renew, cancel or track your MeLCat requests log on to your MyMeL account at the top of the MeLCat search page. Simply click on that tab and log in as you would to request an item by choosing the Buchanan District Library and entering your name and library card number. In your MyMeL account all your requests and checkouts will be listed. Items may be cancelled if they are listed as requested. Once marked in transit they cannot be canceled. Items you have received are listed with their due date. These items are renewable one time as long as the renewal is submitted before the due date.
Books must also be renewed on your Buchanan District Library account by a staff member. Please stop in or call.
The staff is available to offer training with MeLCat or place requests for you, so please ask if you have any questions or need assistance.
World Book Encylopedia
World Book Encylopedia Online offers interactive tools and media for all ages.
Have some favorite authors? Arrange to receive new books by selected authors automatically. Access this feature by logging into your library account, using your 14 digit library card number and your telephone number. Scroll to the question "Have some favorite authors" and click on "receive new books." Scroll down and find the blue text that reads "receive new books." This will take you to a list of Express Reserve Authors. Click on any author to add them to your reserve list. Authors in bold are now on your list. Click on an author to remove them. Changes are effective immediately. Don't see an author you are interested in? Contact the library staff.
Copy/Fax Services & AquaAce Specialty Paper
Copy for a standard page is 20¢ for black/white and 40¢ for color; same pricing is used from the Patron computers.
Fax is available at $1.00 per page; the fax line is 269.695.0004
AquaAce paper, a water/UV resistant photo quality paper, is available in standard size and up to banner size. Call for more information and pricing.