MeLCat Celebrates Its 10 Year Anniversary!

MeLCat Celebrates 10 Years!
MeL is the Michigan eLibrary, a 24/7 online library for Michigan residents.

Van Wylen Library has over 600,000 items. Using MeLCat increases the number of items available to you to over 45 million. You can get items from all types of libraries – from public to large academic institutions. MeLCat is a great resource for research materials as well as non-academic, popular books, music and movies.

Van Wylen Library has participated in MeLCat since June 2005. *In that period of time, Hope College has lent and borrowed over 88,000 books, DVDs and CDs!*

You can get books, CDs and DVDs delivered right to Van Wylen from over 400 other Michigan libraries. Search for your item at, click on the “Get this from MeLCat” button, select Hope College from the drop down list, enter your 1Hope username (without and password, and the item will be delivered to the library in about a week.

If you haven’t yet used this great service and have questions the Research Help Desk staff will be glad to assist you!

Michelle Yost, Interlibrary Loan Associate

Michigana: Sources in U.S. History Online

Michigana: Sources in U.S. History Online
Did you know January 26 marked Michigan’s 177th year as a state? You can learn more about Michigan’s history with resources from Van Wylen Library.  Michigana: Sources in U.S. History Online is now available to Hope users. Over 130 works, ranging from poetry to war reports, cover the history of the land that eventually became Michigan in 1837. Word search electronic texts for keywords or browse through a multitude of subjects about the primary source documents. This tool is particularly valuable to those who wish to expand their knowledge of Michigan’s rich history.
6 categories make up the collection: 1) The Land; 2) French Colonization; 3) English Colonization; 4) Michigan Territory; 5) Michigan as a State; and 6) Using Primary Documents. 
If you’re interested in learning more about Michigan, MeL Michigana  has several databases regarding Michigan’s history, including oral histories available from Hope College.  Watch a video to learn more about these digital collections available to MeL users.