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 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 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, try searching WorldCat Discovery, where you can place requests for books that are owned by libraries all over the country. Google Books is also a great resource, and often includes 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; it could be as soon as 3 days, but generally takes about a week.
How do I request and receive an Interlibrary Loan book?
If you know the title of the book, you can either search for the title in WorldCat Discovery and place a request, or fill out a new Interlibrary Loan Request Form.
We will email you with a notification once the book has arrived at the OCOM Library, and will set it on the hold shelf 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.
The book will have a slip of paper attached to the book or slipped inside the front cover – please keep it with the book, as this helps us track where the item belongs.
When you are done with the book (or when 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.