Lending to Non-OSU Libraries

Email: liblend@osu.edu  Phone: 614-292-6211

The OSU Libraries' Interlibrary Services Office supplies loans and photocopies of materials to libraries and other agencies. Individuals should contact the academic or corporate library with which they are affiliated or their nearest public library to make an interlibrary loan request.

Request Methods Accepted By OSU

Libraries may submit requests via OCLC to our symbol OSU.  Non-OCLC libraries can register with us and make requests directly via ILLiad by logging in on this page. We do not accept requests via email or telephone.

Libraries not using OCLC that wish to register in our ILLiad system may email us at liblend@osu.edu to obtain a username and password. Please include a contact person's name, email address, shipping/billing address, and Odyssey address (if applicable). We will provide your username and a temporary password for you to change when you first log in.

Fees and Billing

IFM Invoiced
- Within North America $15.00 $20.00
- Outside of North America $30.00 $35.00 or 4 IFLA vouchers
- per article/chapter, up to 50 exposures $15.00 $20.00 or 2.5 IFLA vouchers
Additional Service
RUSH Processing (Will send by next business day; we are not a document delivery service and are unable to provide same day service.)
NOTE: Rush service is available at our discretion.
Lost Material Fees
- Books/Theses (print or microformat)
- Serials (print or microformat) and Audiovisual material
- Special Collections materials    Fees may vary

We do not charge our OhioLINK, SearchOhio, and Big Ten Academic Alliance consortial partners as well as Ohio public libraries.

Billing and Payment Methods

We prefer IFM payment for OCLC requests. All invoices are sent monthly from the OSU Libraries Business Office.

We accept check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. We also accept IFLA vouchers. Send payments directly to the Business Office:

The Ohio State University Libraries
Business Office

Room 116 Thompson Library
1858 Neil Avenue Mall
Columbus, OH 43210-1286

Questions? Contact the Business Office at:

614-292-2400 (voice) or 614-247-2174 (fax)

Loans and Copies

Loans of Books, Microforms, and Multimedia

Our loan period is 17 weeks for most items with additional 45 day renewals possible if requested. For multi-piece loans (e.g., several volumes of a series), we have a limit of three items per request.  More than three items can be sent if asked for:  a) in multiple requests of three pieces each, or b) in a single request and the borrowing library agrees to pay shipping by providing us their UPS or Fedex account number.  See additional policies below related to special collections materials.

Copies of Journal Articles, Book Chapters, and Proceedings Papers

Copies are provided for articles, chapters, and papers up to 50 scans in length. We deliver articles electronically via Odyssey or as PDFs via Article Exchange. 

Notice:  Warning Concerning Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction.  One of these specified 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 to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

OSU Dissertations and Master's Theses  

Ohio State University Libraries is committed to making OSU dissertations and master's theses available to scholars. These works may be obtained by the following methods:

OhioLINK ETD Center

OSU dissertations produced from 2002 to present and many master's theses may already be freely available on the Internet at the OhioLINK Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Center. They are findable in WorldCat, our catalog, and via Google. Although all are now submitted digitally, some authors may choose to embargo, or withhold, electronic dissemination for a limited period of time.

Electronic Delivery

OSU master's theses and pre-2002 dissertations not found in the OhioLINK ETD Center can be scanned and delivered as a free PDF. To request that a title be digitized, ILL offices may submit a loan request through OCLC with a Borrowing Note requesting a free PDF. Any individual may also email libill@osu.edu directly to make a digitization request. When requesting a thesis or pre-2002 dissertation via email, please include the following information:

  • Author
  • Title
  • Call Number (see our catalog)

After scanning the material, we will email you a link to the PDF on our local server. PDFs will be stored on the server for 15 days.


Dissertations and theses are also available for a traditional interlibrary loan if a circulating paper or microfiche copy is available. Our normal lending fees apply.

Special Collections Materials: 

Selective special collections materials from the OSU Libraries' Hilandar Research Library collection can be lent through interlibrary loan at our curators' discretion.  For Hilandar materials, requesting libraries should exhaust other potential lenders, include our OSU symbol twice in the lending string for OCLC resource sharing requests, and must agree to the following shipping and use restrictions based on our local special collections reading room policies:

  • Item must be used by researcher in a special collections reading room only.
  • No adhesive tape or sticky notes may be applied to item.
  • No photocopying or photography is permitted.  Please contact our curators to request a scan of some small portion upon item's return.
  • Loan period will be 45 days with no renewals.
  • Item must be returned in a box via UPS or Fedex for a specified insurance amount.

Scholars who would like access to unique materials from the following OSU Special Collections are invited to contact directly the curator of the collection. The curators work directly with scholars and may be able to meet their needs in a variety of ways.

Other Interlibrary Loan Offices:

These Ohio State University Libraries maintain separate offices for interlibrary lending: