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*OSU Libraries COVID-19 Updates

Updates about Library Services

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)/Scan & Deliver

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) (also known as Scan and Deliver) is a service provided by the library to get you the articles, books, and other materials you need for your research, learning, and teaching. Here's how it works: if OSUL does not have e-access to the book or article, we will request an e-copy for you from another library and email it to you.

Current turn around times are averaging 7-10 business days, with some taking as long as 14 business days. Please place your request(s) early.

Set up your Interlibrary Loan account at http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/ill/.

Home Delivery of Print Books

OSU Libraries is mailing print books to your home. This is available to students, faculty, and staff.

Use 1Search to request a book from our collectionWe look for a licensed ebook version to purchase. If that works, we email you when it is available. If that doesn’t work, we will mail the print copy of the book directly to you. When we add the request to our system, it will generate an email asking you to approve or edit your delivery address.

Search for your book(s)

search for your book(s)

Request your book(s)

Click to request OSU's copy

Complete the request form

complete the request form

Questions? Ask us!

Questions? Ask us!

Summit Lending

By majority decision, member libraries of the Orbis Cascades Alliance has decided to suspend Summit lending. 

In response OSU Libraries recommends requesting materials using Interlibrary Loan

Home Delivery FAQ

How does Home Delivery of Print Books work?

  • All OSU faculty, students, and staff are welcome to use this service.

  • Use 1Search to request a book from our collection 

  • We look for a licensed ebook version to purchase.  If that works, we email you when it is available.  

  • If that doesn’t work, we will mail the print copy of the book directly to you. When we add the request to our system, it will generate an email asking you to approve or edit your delivery address. 

How do I return my items?

Please don’t!  At least, don’t yet. They are automatically checked out to you for the entire term.  We are asking that you keep your items until we get the all clear to open our buildings again.   

Can I use Home Delivery to request a laptop or calculator?

We are home delivering laptops and calculators, but the workflow is a little different.  We are partnering with the Human Services Resource Center (HSRC) and other units on campus to make more devices available to you.  Fill out this form at HSRC to start the process.

Can I use Home Delivery to request a book on course reserve?

No.  As you know, Course Reserves books are intended to be used by everyone in your class, so we can’t send them to one person for the full term.  We are working hard to make as many course reserves as possible available digitally. Visit the course reserves page for your questions.

Can I use Home Delivery to borrow a book from other libraries (Summit or ILL)?

Yes, but we hope you don’t have to.  Summit has unfortunately suspended service at this time.  Interlibrary Loan is still available, but many of the libraries we normally work with are not lending materials.  So if you make a request for a book we do not own, we will: 1) try to buy an ebook; 2) try to buy a print copy; and 3) try and borrow the book from another library only when #1 and #2 do not work.   

How do I check/change my address?

Once we retrieve the book from our shelves and add the delivery to our system, that system will automatically send you an email asking you to confirm or edit the mailing address that we have for you.  If you want to check on the email address we have for you, use the My Account link on the library homepage, and check the Personal Details tab. 

Can’t I just come to the library and pick it up?  

No. We know that for some people who are still in Corvallis this may seem like the easiest option.  But we are trying very hard to limit the number of contact points for materials, and to limit the number of people who need to work on campus. This is the best way to keep our users and our employees safer.