There are two different ways to borrow materials from other libraries. In either case you will need your library card number and PIN to place a hold.

TLN (The Library Network)

Go to TLN’s online Enterprise catalog first and search for your book or media item. Enterprise is a shared catalog providing access to millions of items owned by about 65 public library members throughout Oakland and Wayne counties. You may place the hold yourself online or have a staff member do it for you. For most items it takes one week or less for the item to arrive and you will be notified by phone, email or text message.


The Michigan Electronic Library or Mel is a project of the Library of Michigan in partnership with the Michigan Library Consortium and other state organizations and funded by Federal grant money. Mel allows Michigan residents to borrow books from hundreds of academic and public libraries across the state. You must be a Royal Oak resident to use the service and most books will be delivered to ROPL in 10 days or more with email notification. Because Mel is labor intensive and the shipping distances are greater it takes much longer than it does for TLN to get your book if it’s available on Enterprise. Please always check TLN’s Enterprise catalog first before going to Mel.