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.
ILL requests should be submitted at least two weeks in advance of needing the items.
The Interlibrary Loan Department does not fill local patrons’ requests for materials available at OBU or HSU.
Beginning August 25, 2014, the library will initiate a pilot program offering limited no-cost interlibrary loans for OBU’s current and emeriti faculty and current staff and students.
Parameters of the pilot program include:
- ILLs up to a maximum of 20 items per patron per semester will be feeless; ILLs in excess of 20 will incur a $2 cost-recovery fee per item.
- In those rare instances where the lending library imposes a fee, the library will cover the initial $5; 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.
The goals of the pilot program are to elevate the general level of scholarship and increase the level of access (particularly by students) to scholarly materials not locally held. At the end of the 2014-2015 academic year, the library will evaluate usage and cost and determine whether to continue the program.
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.
OBU patrons may submit requests for books and articles using our online form, sending an e-mail, or by completing a paper form in the library. 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, e-mail, fax (870.245.5245), or an ALA form. 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