The library provides current OCOM students, faculty, and staff with the Interlibrary Loan service (ILL) to assist in obtaining journal articles and books not available in the library collection. Patrons can request up to 5 articles at a time. Articles are delivered electronically, unless there are copyright issues preventing electronic delivery; in such a case, a print copy will be held for the requester. There is no charge to OCOM students, faculty and staff for this service. Please limit your requests to items that support your educational and scholarly needs. For recreational, non-scholarly needs, the Multnomah County Library is an excellent resource. In addition to having a vast collection of both electronic and print resources, they also have an Interlibrary Loan service that Portland residents can take advantage of.
The OCOM Library staff WILL NOT fill requests for articles that the library has access to through the databases or in print. BEFORE you submit a request, check the Journal Publication Finder to see if the library has access to the journal you are searching for.
Most often we receive articles for free, so it is free for you. If we are charged for the article, the library will pay the charge. Students will not be charged unless they have accrued over $50.00 in interlibrary loan fees, per year, that the library has paid. After the library has paid the first $50.00 in fees for the student, the student will be charged for additional articles or books that we pay for.
Simply fill out the ILL Request Form and fill out all of the necessary citation information so we can find the correct item for you.
First, find out if the OCOM library owns the journal by checking the Journal Title List. If we don't own the journal or have access to its full text, please fill out an Interlibrary Loan Request Form.
It depends on the lending library. Most often you will receive the article in 1-3 days, but depending on the lending institution, it can take up to a week or longer.
Students have a limit of thirty articles per semester. If additional articles are needed, please discuss this with either a librarian or the library assistant.
No. Any articles that your instructor requires should be freely available in the library through one of our online databases, or should be linked in Populi. If your instructor has just provided a citation and you are having a hard time finding the article, see the help guide on Finding Full-Text.
Before doing anything, check Primo Library Search! We share a catalog with OHSU, NUNM and UWS -- make sure to select "OCOM + PAHL" to request books from these partnering libraries. For help on placing holds on items found in Primo, see our Primo Help Guide.
If you are still not finding what you are looking for, you can place requests for books not owned by the OCOM Library. If you need to search for books outside our system, WorldCat and Google Books are great resources. WorldCat allows you to refine your searches and limit by format, year, topic, etc. It is linked up to Google Books, which often has the option to preview the book so you can peruse the table of contents (and sometimes large chunks of the book) to make sure that the book will actually be helpful to your research.
It depends on the lending library, but generally 1-2 weeks.
Students may request an unlimited number of books when requesting from PAHL schools via the Primo Catalog; book requests that use the Interlibrary Loan form are limited to 5 books per term.
It depends on the policies of lending institution, and whether or not another patron has a hold on the item. If you would like to renew, please email or call the library before the due date so we can verify whether or not the loan period can be extended.
You are responsible for all ILL book charges, including late fees and damage / replacement fees from the lending library. If we are informed of charges, we will notify you before adding any charges to your OCOM Library account.
Yes! If you are in the DAOM program and do not live in the Portland-Metro area, we can either hold the books here at the OCOM Library for you, or mail library materials directly to you. When you fill out the Interlibrary Loan Request Form, indicate this by selecting Doctoral Student in the OCOM Status field, and enter your mailing address in the comments section. Interlibrary loan books have different checkout periods than books from our regular system, and you will be responsible for getting the book back to us on time.
You can request items by clicking here.
Most often we receive articles for free, so it is free for you. If we are charged for the article, the library will pay the charge.
Simply fill out the ILL Request Form and fill out all of the necessary citation information so we can find the correct article for you.
There is no limit on faculty requests.
You will need to submit all of your required readings (journal articles included) into Populi at the beginning of the term. If the use of the article is a last-minute addition (the term has already started) and was not part of the curriculum last time you taught the class, please check out the Copyright for Instructors page to make sure the use of the article falls within the safe harbor of Fair Use. If it does, then feel free to request the article via Interlibrary Loan and make copies for your students. If it does not fall under Fair Use (i.e., you use the article every term), let the bookstore know so they can secure the rights to use the article(s) for teaching purposes. Contact the Librarian with any questions.
The OCOM Library is generally charged between $15-20 to borrow books from other institutions. Faculty are not charged for the Interlibrary Loan service, but please limit your requests to educational purposes.
OCOM Alumni Association members may request articles via the Loansome Doc service. By creating a Loansome Doc account, Alumni Association members with a valid OCOM library card can search for articles in Pubmed and request them from the OCOM Library. Members of OCOM's Alumni Association may request up to six articles per month at no charge (articles purchased directly from publishers generally cost $20-$35). Please limit your requests to items that support your educational and scholarly needs. For recreational, non-scholarly needs, the Multnomah County Library is an excellent resource. In addition to having a vast collection of both electronic and print resources, they also have an Interlibrary Loan service that Portland residents can take advantage of.
If you are not an OCOM Alumni Association member, visit the OCOM Alumni site to learn more and to sign up for a membership.
Most often we receive articles for free, so it is free for you. If we are charged for the article, the library will pay the charge, up to $11 per article. If an article you request costs more than $11, you will be given the option of paying for the difference or cancelling your request.
In order to use the Loansome Doc service, you must:
If you meet these requirements, you can sign up for a Loansome Doc account and start using the service once library staff has approved your account. Instructions on how to sign up and use the service can be found in our guide to using Loansome Doc.
No. Borrowing books via interlibrary loan is a service reserved for current students, staff and faculty. If you would like to check out an item from OCOM Library's collection but do not live in the Portland-metro area, you may place an interlibrary loan request with your local library, making sure to note that OCOM carries the item you are looking for. We will then ship the item out for you to pick up at your local library. The OCOM Library does not ship books directly to alumni, only to other libraries, so you will need to find a library close to you that provides interlibrary loan services.
If you find a resource that you'd like to use and you believe it would make a good addition to our collection, feel free to make a recommendation via the Suggest a Purchase form.
If you are not a current OCOM student, staff, faculty member, or alumni and would like to request an item from our collection, check with your local library to use their interlibrary loan service; we do not lend to non-OCOM patrons, but we will lend to other libraries.
We will lend without charge to institutions requesting materials on behalf of OCOM Alumni.