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Interlibrary Loan Policy

Interlibrary Loan Service

Interlibrary loan is a service offered by libraries to their users who are unable to locate an item in their local library. An interlibrary loan is a process where lending libraries around the nation will lend an item to another library.

When items cannot be found in the OC library or any of the local libraries students, faculty, and staff may fill out the Interlibrary Loan Request web form. The form is located under “I Need Material” in the the library online catalog.

Notice: Murry H Fly LRC will adhere to the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) and follow the guidelines of the Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States.

Items available through Interlibrary Loan

Books and photocopies of non-circulating items such as periodicals (in accordance with copyright laws) are usually available for interlibrary loan. Some items that libraries usually do not loan out are textbooks, reference materials, reserve materials, dissertations, media materials (videos, DVD’s, or CD’s), high usage materials, or best sellers.

Receiving Interlibrary Loans

OC library requests items through an Interlibrary Loan Referral Center. Times for receiving items can vary depending on the request, location of lending libraries, and availability. An item can take a week or up to four to six weeks.

Loan Period and Restrictions

Most libraries offer check out periods between two and four weeks. Libraries may request an item back at anytime according to national interlibrary loan standards. Items can also have restrictions such as no renewals, etc. Individuals are limited to five items.

Pickup and Return Location

Items are picked up and returned at the library’s Circulation Desk. When returning an item, please give it to the clerk. Do not use the book drop.


Normally, libraries do not charge a fee for an interlibrary loan. In cases where a fee is charged, the cost is usually less than two dollars. If it is more, you will be contacted before the loan is initiated.

For more information contact:

Wayne Wunsch
Technical Services

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