Lending Policy

Library Card

Current Credit Students - The Odessa College student ID card serves as a library card and is required to check out books and use reserve materials. Concurrent Enrollment Students - Concurrent students must have their high school ID card to check out materials from the Circulation Desk. Students are limited to ten books at a time for a two week period.


Reserve materials are located at the Circulation Desk for student use in the LRC building. A current Odessa College ID card should be left at the Circulation Desk while reserves are in use. A listing of all reserves can be searched on the Online Catalog.

Borrowing Privileges

Books may be checked out for two weeks. Ten books total is the checkout limit. Students may place a hold on a book that is already checked out and LRC staff will notify students when the book is available.  

Current magazines are located on the first floor. Magazines are unavailable for check out.

Book Returns

Books should be returned in the bookdrop located at the Circulation Desk. After hours, books may be returned in the outside bookdrop located north of the LRC entrance.


The Registrar is notified of all delinquencies and transcripts are withheld until books are returned. All overdue, lost, or damaged materials should be returned or paid for in order to clear student records. Students who fail to clear LRC delinquencies are blocked from registering for subsequent semesters or graduate.

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.

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 magazines (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 online interlibrary loan computer system. 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:

Linda Harris
Public Services