Online catalog grew to three million records in early March

April 12, 1995

ANN ARBOR— The University of Michigan Library’s online catalog (MCAT) grew to three million records in early March 1995.

Established in 1988, with 918,000 records, the following four years saw a combination of projects, funded in part by the Kellogg Foundation, lead to the addition of another 1.3 million records for books, microforms, and non-books, including sound recordings, musical scores, and visual materials. About 150,000 new records were added to the database during each of the past six years.

MCAT is part of MIRLYN, the U-M Library’s NOTIS-based, integrated, online library system which includes a wide variety of published works in addition to government documents, dissertations, the records of the Bentley Historical Library, the U-M-Flint Library (FLNT), the records of the Center for Research Libraries and the ability to connect to holdings at other university libraries Without leaving MIRLYN, U-M users can browse the catalogs of the Michigan Research Libraries Triangle, which includes U-M, Michigan State and Wayne State universities. Also accessible are the catalogs of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, comprised of universities in the Big Ten plus the University of Chicago.

MIRLYN includes more than nine million bibliographic citation records in 13 databases including the MLA Bibliography, the Wilson indexes, and the MathSci database. The citations link to holdings in the online catalog where standard numbering schemes are present.

The MIRLYN database (excluding remote catalogs and indexes) contained 12,890,298 records as of Of these records, 3,031,409 were in MCAT.

Computers connected to the Internet can access MIRLYN directly if they have TELENET software. The Telenet address is