Interlibrary Loan and Document Express – OHIO University Libraries

Interlibrary Loan is a service provided by the University Libraries (Athens) to obtain research materials not available from our collections or via OhioLINK borrowing.  Send requests via Interlibrary Loan – ILLiad. Requested materials can be picked up at the Circulation Desk in Alden Library.  Notification of availability or problems fulfilling your request will be sent to your email. Please do not remove band, stickers or paperwork from the borrowed materials.

How to request a book through Interlibrary Loan:

Document Express is a service provided by the University Libraries (Athens) to copy and deliver articles and book chapters held by the University Libraries (Athens). Send the requests via Interlibrary Loan – ILLiad. Articles and book chapters will be provided in PDF format. Notification of availability and instructions for viewing will be sent to your email address.  If there are problems fulfilling your request, you will be notified via email.

How to request a scanned article or book chapter:


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Loan Periods and Renewals

The loan period for interlibrary material is determined by the lending institution.  Renewals are possible, but are at the sole discretion of the lending institution as well.  Renewal requests should be submitted via Interlibrary Loan – ILLiad and received by the due date.  If your renewal is denied, return the material by the due date.  Institutions that loan materials reserve the right to recall items at any time for their users.

Returning borrowed material

Materials should be returned to the Alden Library Circulation Desk.  Do not put Interlibrary materials in the book drops.  Failure to return ILL materials on time may result in suspension of ILL privileges.  Replacement fees for lost and damaged items are at the sole discretion of the lending library.

Copyright Restrictions

The Copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials.  Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction.  One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.”  If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a reproduction in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement.  The institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgement, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.