Interlibrary Loan FAQs

Who may request an interlibrary loan (ILL)?

All ORU faculty, students, and staff are eligible to borrow materials through interlibrary loan.

How do I request an item through interlibrary loan?

  • When searching EBSCO and FirstSearch databases, click the link labeled "Request from another library," "Request Item," or "ORU interlibrary loan Form for this article."
  • Complete the required fields that are not automatically filled.
  • Click Submit to send the completed form to interlibrary loan. Your request will be processed within two business days.
  • When a link is not present, you can enter the information for the book or article you need in this blank form opens new window online.

What types of items can I borrow?

Most books and photocopies of journal articles can be obtained through interlibrary loan.

What types of material are NOT ordinarily available through interlibrary loan?

  • text books
  • reference books
  • rare books
  • complete issues or volumes of bound periodicals

What about other types of material?

Sometimes, dissertations, theses, and audiovisual materials such as videos, DVDs, and audio books are available through ILL, depending on the policies of the lending library.

What does it cost?

  • There is no charge for requesting a book or article.
  • If the item is only available from a lending library that charges a fee, this will be passed on to the requester. This does not occur often. The requester will be asked if they wish to pay the charge or cancel the request before continuing to process the loan.
  • NOTE: You are responsible for damaged or lost items. This can result in all library privileges revoked, and a library hold placed on your account pending the return of overdue materials and payment of any outstanding charges.

If there is a cost, where do I pay?

You can pay with Eagle Bucks or cash at the Library Services Desk, when you pick up your items. You can also pay by credit card using the opens new window secure payment portal.

How long will it take?

  • interlibrary loan requests can take from two days to two weeks.
  • The average time for an article is 2 days.
  • The average time for a book is 7–10 days.

How will I know when it has arrived?

A notice will be sent to your ORU email address when your items are ready to be picked up.

Where do I pick up my interlibrary loan?

At the Library Services Desk.

How long can I keep the items?

  • Photocopies do NOT need to be returned.
  • The loan period for other materials is set by the lending library, usually 3–4 weeks.

Can I renew interlibrary loan items?

Most libraries do not allow borrowed materials to be renewed.

Other Information

Contact Information

For information about requests, email LibILL@oru.edu.

For questions about pickup, contact the Library Services Desk (918-495-6887).

A blank form for requesting ILLs is available opens new window online.

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Copyright

Current copyright laws place restrictions on both personal as well as institutional photocopying of materials protected by copyright. Email Librarian@oru.edu if you need additional information about copyright compliance.

Note

Interlibrary Loan services are a courtesy extended by a lending library. In order to maintain good relations with other institutions, the Interlibrary Loan Department makes every effort to comply with all restrictions and due dates set by the lending library. Please do not ask to borrow the same item twice.