Interlibrary Loans

Alumni and community patrons may also use interlibrary loan if they become Friends of the Library and they will be responsible for any fees we are assessed for acquiring an item.

Request Articles

Articles can either be requested through the “Request this item through Interlibrary Loan” link in One Search or by using this form. If using our form, please have your citation information ready- article title, journal title, date, volume, issue and pages.

Journal and Magazine Articles Request Form

Articles requested from other libraries can take up to five business days to arrive and are sent to your Otterbein email address. The email you receive that alerts you to the arrival of your article will have the subject line “The article you requested is now available” and the sender will be “Sent from OCLC WorldShare ILL.” If you are doing the split inbox in Outlook, it will appear in the “Other” inbox instead of your “Focused” inbox.

To access the article, copy the password in the email and click the link provided. You will be prompted to enter the password to gain access to the article. In keeping with copyright, the article you received will be available for five viewings or for 30 days, whichever happens first. If you have problems accessing the article, please contact Rebecca Raeske-Grinch, rraeske-grinch@otterbein.edu or 614-823-3072.

Request Books & Other Media

Before requesting books, CDs, DVDs, theses/dissertations, government documents or conference proceedings through interlibrary loan, please check OPAL, OhioLINK or SearchOhio to make sure they can not be requested there. Please note that materials requested through interlibrary loan will be arriving through US Mail and can take up to 10 days to arrive.

After you’ve checked other catalogs for the item you are requesting, click the links below to request your items.

When your request has arrived, you will be notified by email. Items can be picked up at the Customer Service desk. Due dates and renewals are determined by the lending library, so if you need a renewal on your items please contact Rebecca Raeske-Grinch (rraeske-grinch@otterbein.edu or 614-823-3072) so that she can ask the lending library for a due date extension. You will be notified by email if your request was approved and your new due date will be given.

Loan Charges

Every effort is made to obtain your requests from libraries that provide materials for free. However, some libraries do charge to borrow their materials. If the item you have requested can only be found at a library that will charge us, you will be contacted before the item is ordered to approve the charges. When making your request, please include the maximum amount you are willing to pay in the space provided on the request form. Charges are due at the time you pick up the item and we accept cash or checks made out to Otterbein University.

Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (TITLE 17, United States Code) governs the making of reproductions of copyrighted materials. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

Please see the Library’s full Schedule of Operations for additional information.

Contact the Library

138 West Main Street.
Westerville, OH 43081
614-823-1215
library@otterbein.edu

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