The Interlibrary Loan Department locates and borrows materials from other libraries to support the research and curricular needs of OBU’s current and emeriti faculty and current staff and students. The department also loans books and photocopied articles to libraries worldwide.
Before submitting an ILL request, please verify whether OBU or HSU has the item. OBU’s Interlibrary Loan Department does not fill local patrons’ requests for materials available at OBU or HSU.
ILL requests should be submitted at least two weeks in advance of needing the items.
The library provides limited no-cost interlibrary loans for OBU’s current and emeriti faculty and current staff and students as follows:
- ILLs up to a maximum of 20 items per patron per semester (fall, spring, summer) are free; ILLs in excess of 20 will incur a minimum $2 cost-recovery fee per item.
- In those rare instances where the lending library imposes a fee, the library will cover the initial $5 per item for the first 20 items; the patron will be responsible for any amount above that figure.
- Patrons are financially responsible for loss, damage, and/or replacement costs invoiced by the lending library.
Borrowing materials from other institutions is a privilege that patrons must treat with respect. Lending institutions, not OBU, set due dates and other policies regarding their materials. Any renewal requests must be made at least five days in advance of the due date.
Failure to follow the lender’s policies jeopardizes OBU’s borrowing relationship with the lender. A borrower who fails to return ILL items by the due date may lose ILL privileges.
OBU patrons may submit requests for books and articles using our online form or sending an e-mail. Be sure to include your name, campus phone number, and a complete bibliographic citation of the item being requested.
Items found in OCLC FirstSearch may be requested online within these databases.
We will accept requests for books and articles from other libraries by way of OCLC or e-mail. We will not accept requests from other libraries for non-circulating items, including: media items, microforms, periodicals, rare books, special collections, and theses. The loan period for books is 45 days with the option to renew up to 14 days. Charges for lost or damaged items will include the replacement cost plus a $10 processing fee.
OCLC Code: AKO