Using Interlibrary Loan
  • Current Students
  • Staff & Faculty
  • Alumni Association Members
  • Non-OCOM Users
  • Interlibrary Loan Request

What is Interlibrary Loan?

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.

How much does it cost?

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.

How do I submit a request?

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.


 

Journal Article Requests

How do I request an article?

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.

How long does it take to receive an article?

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.

How many articles can I request?

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.

QUESTION: On our syllabus, my instructor has provided a citation and asked us to find and read the full-text. Can I request this from Interlibrary Loan?

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.


Book Requests

How do I find books?

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.

How long does it take to receive a book from Interlibrary Loan?

It depends on the lending library, but generally 1-2 weeks.

How many books can I request?

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.

How do I request and receive an Interlibrary Loan book?
  • If you know the title of the book, you can fill out the Interlibrary Loan Request Form.
  • We will email you once the book has arrived at the OCOM Library and will set it on the holdshelf for you. The loan date starts immediately after the item is mailed out to us, so you will want to pick up your ILL items as soon as possible to get the most time with them.
  • When you come to pick up the book, let the library worker know that you are picking up a special order. The book will have a slip of paper over the cover - please keep it with the book, as this helps us track where the item belongs.
  • When you are done with the book (or the book is due) just return it to the OCOM Library. We will return it to the lending school.
The due date on my Interlibrary Loan book is approaching, but I need it longer. Can I renew it?

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.

What if I lose or damage a book?

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.

I'm a doctoral student and do not live in the Portland-Metro area. Can I still order books using Interlibrary Loan?

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.


Interlibrary Loan Request Form

You can request items by clicking here.

What is Interlibrary Loan?

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.

How much does it cost?

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. 

How do I submit a request?

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.


 

Journal Article Requests

How do I request an article?

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.

How long does it take to receive an article?

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.

How many articles can I request?

There is no limit on faculty requests.

QUESTION: I would like my students to read an article that is not freely available from one of the OCOM Library databases. Should I just request it via Interlibrary Loan and make copies for my students?

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.


Book Requests

How do I find books?

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.

How long does it take to receive a book from Interlibrary Loan?

It depends on the lending library, but generally 1-2 weeks.

How much does it cost?

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.

How do I request and receive an Interlibrary Loan book?
  • If you know the title of the book, you can fill out the Interlibrary Loan Request Form.
  • We will email you once the book has arrived at the OCOM Library and will set it on the holdshelf for you. The loan date starts immediately after the item is mailed out to us, so you will want to pick up your ILL items as soon as possible to get the most time with them.
  • When you come to pick up the book, let the library worker know that you are picking up a special order. The book will have a slip of paper over the cover - please keep it with the book, as this helps us track where the item belongs.
  • When you are done with the book (or the book is due) just return it to the OCOM Library. We will return it to the lending school.
The due date on my Interlibrary Loan book is approaching, but I need it longer. Can I renew it?

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.

What if I lose or damage a book?

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.


Interlibrary Loan Request Form

You can request items by clicking here.

Can OCOM alumni request materials?

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.

How much does it cost?

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.

How do I sign up & submit a request?

In order to use the Loansome Doc service, you must:

  1. Be a current OCOM Alumni Association Member;
  2. Have an alumni library account and library barcode number

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.

Can I request a book via Interlibrary Loan / 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.

Non-OCOM Users

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.  

Libraries wishing to borrow articles or materials from the OCOM Library can request materials via OCLC's WorldShare, DOCLINE, or by emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We lend articles to libraries worldwide at no charge; we lend books and media to OR/WA libraries on the Orbis Cascade Courier route at no charge, and to Academic and Health Sciences libraries in the US ($20 fee).

We will lend without charge to institutions requesting materials on behalf of OCOM Alumni.

Loans Fee Checkout Period Renewals Allowed?
 Articles (scanned copies)  FREE  -  -
 Books/Media FREE to libraries on the Orbis courier;
$20 to Academic and Medical libraries in the US
 21 days  Yes; 14 days
 Journals  N/A  N/A  N/A

 

 

 

 

Current students, staff and faculty may use this form to request items not owned by the OCOM Library. Please check Primo Library Search or the Publication Finder prior to submitting a request.
Alumni Association Members: Please use the Loansome Doc Service for all article requests.