Borrowing – OHIO University Libraries

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Quick links: OhioLINKCourse ReservesCommunity Borrowing


Service Eligibility at a Glance

Borrow books Borrow videos OhioLINK borrowing Interlibrary Loan Online subscription resources
Ohio University students, faculty, staff, and Emeriti Yes Yes Yes Yes Access on and off campus
Friends of the Libraries and retired Ohio University employees Yes Yes Yes Yes Limited access in Libraries only
Community borrowers Yes In-library use only No No Limited access in Libraries only

Borrowing at a Glance

Note: Course Reserves, Interlibrary Loan items, and other specialized items have shorter loan periods and other restrictions. Materials are also subject to recall if others are waiting to use them. To check due dates for your items, log into My Library Account or email library.borrowing@ohio.edu.

Ohio University books and music scores OhioLINK books Alden Library videos
Undergraduate students
  • Unlimited loans
  • Semester-length loan
  • Unlimited renewals
  • Up to 100 items at once
  • 3 week loan
  • Up to 6 renewals
  • Up to 5 items at once
  • 1 week loan
  • 1 renewal
Graduate students
  • Unlimited loans
  • Semester-length loan
  • Unlimited renewals
  • Up to 200 items at once
  • 3 week loan
  • Up to 6 renewals
  • Up to 5 items at once
  • 1 week loan
  • 1 renewal
Faculty, staff, Emeriti, and retired Ohio University employees
  • Unlimited loans
  • Semester-length loan
  • Unlimited renewals
  • Up to 200 items at once
  • 6 week loan
  • Up to 6 renewals
  • Up to 5 items at once
  • 1 week loan
  • 1 renewal
Friends of the Libraries
  • Unlimited loans
  • 6 month loan
  • Unlimited renewals
  • Up to 5 items at once
  • 3 week loan
  • Up to 6 renewals
  • Up to 2 items at once
  • 1 week loan
  • 1 renewal
Community borrowers
  • Up to 5 items at once
  • 3 week loan
  • 1 renewal
Not eligible In-library use only

OhioLINK Borrowing and Requesting Materials for Pickup

You can request materials from Ohio University Libraries (Athens and regional campuses) using the Request button in the ALICE Catalog. You can also request items from over 100 libraries throughout Ohio via the OhioLINK Library Catalog. (Need something that’s not available from OhioLINK? See Interlibrary Loan and Document Express.)

Items requested from Alden Library, the Music and Dance Library, and the Library Annex are usually available for pickup on the next business day. Items from regional campus libraries and OhioLINK usually arrive in 3-5 business days. You will receive an email when your item is available for pickup. You can also check the status of your requests in My Library Record.

Materials can be picked up at the Alden Library 4th Floor Service Desk. Faculty and staff can also enroll for delivery to your department’s offices.

Question about a request? Fill out the OhioLINK/Intercampus Inquiry Form.


Renew, Return, or Replace

Renew your materials online through My Library Account or by emailing library.borrowing@ohio.edu.

Return your materials to the book drops at the Alden Library 2nd and 4th Floor entrances, to the Alden Library 4th Floor Service Desk, or to the Music and Dance Library. (Course Reserves should be returned directly to the desk where you checked them out.) Ohio University and OhioLINK materials can also be returned to any OhioLINK library throughout the state.

Replace: Lost or stolen library materials are subject to a $100 replacement fee. Bills can be paid during weekday business hours at the Alden Financial Services desk or by calling (740) 593-0003 or (740) 593-2706.

Note: alternate policies and fees apply to Course Reserves, Interlibrary Loan, and other specialized items. Check labels on materials, check My Library Account, or contact the Libraries with any questions.


Course Reserves

Instructors may put textbooks and other materials on reserve for short-term loan to students.

Instructors: Place your request online via Interlibrary Loan – ILLiad, or email reserves@ohio.edu with the following information:

  • Course name and number
  • Loan period desired: 2 hours (in-library use only), 1 day, or 1 week
  • Citation or link to the item you want to place on reserve

If you prefer to place short readings in Blackboard, document scanning is available via Document Express (choose the Course Reserves/Blackboard menu item in Interlibrary Loan – ILLiad).

Students: Find materials on reserve for your course using the Course Reserves tab in the ALICE Catalog, or ask at the Alden 4th Floor Service Desk. Reserve materials can be borrowed for 2 hours (in-library use only), 1 day, or 1 week, depending on the item.


Community Borrowing

Residents of Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Morgan, Perry, Vinton, and Washington Counties, as well as all Ohio University alumni, are eligible for community borrowing. To receive or renew your community member library card, print out the community patron application or request a copy at the Alden 4th Floor Service Desk. You’ll need to bring a photo ID to the Alden 4th Floor Service Desk with your completed application.

Community borrowers must be at least 18 years old; those under 18 may be registered on the card of a parent or guardian. Public school students visiting the library as part of a class may obtain a temporary library card; teachers must provide a completed Public School Application for Library Privileges for for each student 10-14 days prior to the scheduled visit. Submit completed applications to Chasity Gragg or Lorraine Wochna.

For extended borrowing privileges, consider becoming a Friend of the Libraries!


Additional Borrowing Services