How do I use Interlibrary Loan?
When you cannot locate an item you need in the Library Catalog or in the OhioLINK system, you may enter an online Interlibrary Loan request. Learn more with our Interlibrary Loan video. Library staff can assist you, if needed.
Interlibrary Loan staff will locate and request the item for you.
How much does it cost?
This is a free service to WSU students, faculty, and staff. If your material has a cost, the WSU Libraries will do their best to cover the costs in support of the scholarship of faculty and students. Ordering agreements among libraries allow us to keep these costs low. However, sometimes a resource must be ordered through a publisher, commercial agent, or international library. Each request could cost $20 or more, plus additional copyright fees. The Libraries will contact you if costs for your request are exceedingly high.
How long does it take?
Materials ordered through Interlibrary Loan arrive on average within 5 business days, but may take longer depending on the speed of the lending library. Requests sent overseas can sometimes take several months.
Your Interlibrary Loan account is the same as your campus username (w#) and password. If you’re not sure what your campus username or password is, contact Computing and Telecommunications Services (CaTS) at (937) 775-4827.
Completing the Interlibrary Loan request form
Providing complete and accurate information on the request form helps reduce processing time. Abbreviations and incomplete or incorrect information on the request form delays the processing of a request. Including the citation number from an online search is especially helpful. For help in verifying a citation or translating abbreviations, ask a reference librarian for assistance.
Please note that we do NOT request textbooks from other libraries.
Where is the Interlibrary Loan office?
The Interlibrary Loan Office is in Dunbar Library at the Circulation Desk. You can also call (937) 775-3941 or email for assistance.
What will other libraries loan?
Other libraries will generally loan material that they circulate to their own patrons. Often excluded are: Textbooks, reference books, course reserve books, rare books, microfilm, dissertations, technical reports or audiovisual material. Individual issues or bound volumes of periodicals are rarely loaned.
Notification and Checkout
When requested materials arrive, the Interlibrary Loan staff notifies the requester:
Books and other circulating materials are checked out using your Wright1 card. Your borrowing privileges in Interlibrary Loan and Circulation are blocked when you have any overdue material. Fines for Interlibrary Loan materials are $.50/day. Fines begin on the first day overdue. Interlibrary Loan overdue fines and lost book fees are billed through the Circulation Department.