Alternatives to Interlibrary Loan
When the material you need is not available in the library... Interlibrary Loan is not your only option.
You may also want to consider these alternative sources of material:
- eJournals, eBooks & Media
Numerous journals are now available online. The library web catalog offers the opportunity to link to many of them. Articles may be printed at 10 cents/sheet.
- OhioLINK and Affiliated Library Borrowing
When the book you need is checked out, in repair, or otherwise unavailable for borrowing, you can request another available copy from an OhioLINK or Affiliated Library. To expand your search to include other OhioLINK Libraries, click on "OhioLINK Central" in the WSU web catalog." To place a request, Click on "Request this Item" in the web catalog, and enter your name and ID number.
If the item you requested is immediately available from the first institution to receive the request, your shipment should arrive in 3 or less working days. Call the Circulation Desk at (937) 775-2525 to check on the status of your request.
OhioLINK Borrowing is a free service available to all Wright State University faculty, staff, and students, Alumni, Friends of the Libraries, and Community Borrowers.
Problems placing your request?
If you do not know your ID number, or your request is rejected by the computer, consult staff at the Circulation Desk (937-775-2525) for assistance.
Southwest Depository Request
Older materials are sometimes stored off-campus. If you have a WSU Library card, you can use the request function in the library catalog ("request this item") to order books or journal volumes to be delivered to campus from the depository. Expect delivery in about 2 working days.
You can also use an online request form or paper request form to order copies of journal articles or pages from books be delivered to campus from the depository. Most articles can be electronically delivered and are often available the same day. Call Interlibrary Loan at (937) 775-3941 to check on the status of your request.
For non-WSU patrons
- Use the online request form
- Use the online request form. Most articles can be electronically delivered and are often available the same day. Call Interlibrary Loan at (937) 775-3941 to check on the status of your request
Depository retrieval is a free service available to all.
Notification is by email whenever possible. Check your University email account for up-to-date notification of when your material has arrived, or call (937) 775-2525 to check on the status of your request. Materials are held for pickup for 9 days from the day notification is sent.