RIDES & MeLCat Quarantine and Cleaning Guidelines

Materials delivered to your building will need some special attention for the protection of both library staff and courier staff.

These guidelines are based on CDC recommendations, and may change if those recommendations change.

Quarantine/cleaning guidelines

  • Materials –
    • Quarantine books for 24-72 hours.
      • 24 hours for paper/cardboard covers
      • 72 hours for mylar plastic covers & CD/DVD cases
    • Do not use direct cleaning products unless there is visible evidence of contamination.
    • Do not use liquid disinfectants or cleaning products on items belonging to another library.
    • UV ray exposure as a means of sterilization is harmful to materials  and is not recommended.
    • Quarantine packaging materials a minimum of 24 hours before reusing.

Question or concerns can be directed to

Sue Alt
MeLCat Support and Delivery Coordinator
Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS)
800-530-9019 ext 143

Market research and community data for entrepreneurs

Free MeL Webinar

Nov 29, 3:30 pm Eastern

Help entrepreneurs and small businesses in your community by empowering them with market and demographic research far beyond anything available on the web. Please join us on November 29 at 3:30pm Eastern for a 30-minute webinar focused on market and community research resources available in MeL.

Utilizing the MeL research databases allows user to:

Scan new markets
Strategize marketing and messaging programs
Develop, plan, and analyze franchise territories
Understand your customers better - How much do they earn/spend?
Add thematic layers to create detailed, data-enhanced maps
Analyze the shifts and needs of a given population within a specific geographic location
Teach and reinforce customer segmentation principles with real data
Supplement market segmentation theory with real-life applications
Use the same lifestyle segmentation categorization used by professionals

Registration is free and open to all Michigan library staff, educators, and other interested users.

Read more and register for this webinar.

This webinar will be recorded, and made available on demand anytime.


MeL training is funded in part by the State of Michigan through the Library of Michigan.  Additional service support comes from the Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) via the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).