Interlibrary Loan Tips

General Interlibrary Loan Tips:

  • Plan ahead. Many traditional interlibrary loan requests require 1-2 weeks to arrive.
  • Be selective. Only request the items you really need.
  • Check the Beeghly Library Catalog and/or the print Periodicals Holdings List to avoid requesting owned items.
  • Request books directly from other OPAL and OhioLINK libraries online using the barcode number located on your Heidelberg ID. The OPAL FAQ provides tips on how to use this service.
  • Periodical articles cannot be borrowed directly from OPAL or OhioLINK. Order copies of articles through Interlibrary Loan.
  • Many journal and magazine articles are available online through the Research Databases including the Electronic Journal Center (EJC), Lexis-Nexis Academic, and Academic Search Premier.  Use the Electronic Journal Finder to help locate online journals.
  • Provide complete citations. This includes complete name of author(s), title of book or article, journal name, publishing information for books, volume number, issue and page numbers for articles and publication date.
  • Include the six-digit ED number when requesting ERIC documents.
  • Contact a reference librarian for help interpreting citations and in using the databases via our librarian IM chat service. E-mail a Heidelberg reference librarian or phone 419-448-2246.
  • Photocopied material can usually be kept.
  • Return loaned materials by the date on the item wrapper.
  • Request renewals several days before the due date.  The lending library must approve renewal requests.

Interlibrary Loan Form Tips: 

  • Use the Book Request Form to borrow books, recordings, videos or DVDs, government documents and ERIC documents.
  • Use the Periodical Article Request Form for photocopies of journal and magazine articles that are not online or owned by Beeghly Library.  Libraries rarely lend a complete volume or issue of a journal.
  • Fill in the contact information.
  • Fill in as much of the information about the item as you can.
  • Use  the WorldCat Research database to identify books and media or the other online Research Databases for article citations.
  • Copy and paste information into the form to ensure accuracy.
  • Read the copyright statement and abide by the copyright guidelines
  • Use the Submit button to place the request.
  • Review the sent information.