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DCCL Orientation

This guide is for students in the DCCL program at Ferris State University. It is particuarly useful for new students in the program.

Intro to Books

image of the menu options on FLITE's homempage

Books (print and electronic) will be very useful to you in the course of your studies at Ferris. In addition to print books, FLITE provides access to over 200.000 e-books. Books can be located using the Books & Media tab on the FLITE homepage. 

You can search by title, author, keyword, and subject.

How to Use E-Books

When you locate an e-book in the catalog, click on the link that says "connect to an electronic resource". If it is an Ebrary title, the book will open in the QuickView. You can read and search the book in this view. However, you will need to create a free account in order to save, print, highlight, take notes, or save books to your bookshelf.

For more information:

Book Not at FLITE?

If FLITE does not own a book (and even if it does but you are a student at a distance), you may want to try searching MelCat. MelCat is a statewide online catalog that provides patrons access to many materials a large number of participating Michigan libraries including the university libraries of Ferris, Michigan State, Wayne State, and Western Michigan and the State Library of Michigan.

You can initiate a request for items simply by going to the MelCat homepage. Once you find the item you are looking for, click on the Get This for Me link and follow the instructions. You normally receive the materials in 3 to 7 days. There are no fees associated with this service. MelCat items circulate for three weeks and usually can be renewed once for another three weeks.

Unfortunately, not all libraries participate in MelCat. Check here to see if your local academic or public library provides you access to this fantastic resource.

Books at FLITE

Even if a book is at Ferris, I STRONGLY RECOMMEND you use MelCat to get the book for your convenience!


As a graduate student, you check out a book for 56 days and you can renew it up to 3 times as long as it is not on hold for someone else. To renew an item, follow this path: FLITE homepage > Catalog tab > Advanced Search > Catalog Options dropdown > Patron Record and follow the instructions from there.

If you live at a distance (estimated to be more than 40 miles away from Big Rapids), books owned by FLITE can be sent to your home or work. You will have to then return them to FLITE or Kendall School of Art or mail them back to FLITE via UPS (or another traceable shipping method).

Books Not Owned by FLITE or MeLCat


If no library in Michigan owns the book or makes it available through MeLCat or you do not have access to MeLCat services, you can also request a book through Interlibrary Loan. However, the book will be sent to the Big Rapids campus.

Again, if you are a distance education student, it will then need to be sent on to you which will reduce the amount of time you can have the book.