Ransom District Library
Ransom District Library
Ransom District Library

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MELCAT (Interlibrary Loan)

Through MELCAT (Michigan Electronic Library Catalog), patrons canrequest materials from other libraries that are not available at Ransom. MEL allows patrons access to 170+ statewide libraries. The Mel Catalog (MelCat), includes most items held in participating libraries including millions of books, CDs, DVDs and other materials. Once ordered patrons may pick up and return those items at Ransom. 

Visit www.mel.org today and browse MelCat. Or log in to your MEL Account via MyMel to check for due dates, renew your MEL materials, and see the status of your requests. Just select your library (Ransom District Library) from the drop down list and login with your name and library card number.

If you are unable to locate the title you need or do not have access to a computer to order books through MEL, please contact us at 685-8024. In the case of newly released titles, we may be able to purchase the title to add to the Library's collection.


We are excited to announce the many new and improved features on the MEL website. The homepage has been redesigned to be better organized and more intuitive, so you can find the information you need quickly. Navigation has been streamlined as it has been trimmed down and made more straightforward to get you where you need to go quickly. The site has improved search functions that will help you find what you need fast. Try it today!

More than 400 MeLCat member libraries and their staff have made it possible to fill more than 7 million requests for Michigan residents since 2005.

Since January 2005, MeLCat has:

  • grown from the 12 libraries that went live on launch day to over 400 libraries using 23 different automation systems (plus 9 unautomated libraries)
  • filled over 7 million requests for Michigan residents
  • built a database with over 47 million holdings
  • facilitated close to 60,000 visiting patron loans
  • implemented NCIP functionality (home library records and the MeLCat system operating in real time together) for over 65 libraries. (Ransom Library has NCIP!)

The success of MeLCat is a testament to the power of all types and sizes of libraries working together to build a service that benefits Michigan residents statewide.  A hearty congratulations to all MeLCat member libraries!

Ancestry.com Library Edition!

Available now! Ransom Library is excited to provide Ancestry.com to our patrons!  Come in and start digging into your family history!  Patrons will have access to Ancestry.com through our computers as well as on their own devices providing they are connected to our wireless internet network.  It has unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada, Europe, Australia, and other areas of the world!  This collection, with thousands of databases and billions of indexed names, will make searching for your family history much easier and convenient!  This guide will help you get familiar with what Ancestry has to offer!

Ransom District Library also offers HeritageQuest Online in the library.  This service complements Ancestry nicely, aiding you by providing additional resources.  To utilize HeritageQuest from home, you can go to the MEL Databases and, with your library card or driver's license, find access to that and many other great resources!



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Rocket Languages

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More About Rocket Languages for Libraries:

Our extensive range of products allows you to learn a language on your own terms and in your own time. With our comprehensive multi-media packages you will be speaking and improving your language skills with every lesson by taking part in the modern, everyday conversations that make up our Interactive Audio Course. In addition, you will learn to speak the language naturally with our language and culture lessons and you can also build on your vocabulary and improve your audio recognition of common words and phrases (and have fun at the same time) with our popular MegaGames range.  

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New York Times

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 What's Next

Courtesy of Kent District Library.

KDL's What's Next™: Books in Series database helps you search series fiction.

A series is two or more books linked by character(s), settings, or other common traits. e.g. Sue Grafton's "A is for Alibi", "B is for..." etc. or the "Star Wars" series


Sign Up for Email Services

Ransom only emails you once a month or as needed for the following reasons:

  • Reserve Notices - (As Needed)
  • Interlibrary loan (MEL) - (As Needed)
  • Item Due Notices - (As Needed)
  • Overdue Notices - (As Needed)
  • Ransom eNewsletters - (As Needed)
  • New Book Alerts - (Once a Month)

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Ransom District Library - 180 S. Sherwood Ave. - Plainwell, Michigan 49080
Phone: 269-685-8024 - Hours: Mon-Thurs: 10-9 - Fri & Sat: 10-5 - Sun: 1-5

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