Interlibrary Loan

  • For information about requests contact Annette Villines, Head Reference Librarian (918)495.7378
  • For questions about pickup contact the main Library Circulation Desk (918)495.6391

The Interlibrary Loan Service (ILL) provides access to library materials in other research institutions throughout the United States that are not available at ORU in addition to lending materials to other libraries.

Who may request an ILL?

All Oral Roberts University faculty, students, and staff are eligible to borrow materials through interlibrary loan.

What may be borrowed?

In general most books and photocopies of journal articles can be obtained through interlibrary loan. The following kinds of materials are not ordinarily obtainable from other libraries:

  • text books
  • reference books
  • rare books
  • complete issues or volumes of bound periodicals

Dissertations, theses, and audiovisual materials such as videos and audio books are sometimes available through ILL, depending on the policies of the lending library.  

Procedures for Borrowing

  • Be sure the requested item is not owned by ORU. Search the Publication Finder for periodical titles, or the Library Catalog for books and other items. Ask a Reference Librarian if you need help determining this.
  • Electronic forms are available through all Ebsco and FirstSearch databases. Click the link labeled "Submit this form to borrow via ILL" or "ORU Interlibrary Loan Form for this article" and complete the required fields. A blank form is also available online.
  • Click Submit to send the completed form to Interlibrary Loan. Your request will be processed within two business days.   An email will be sent to your ORU email when your items are ready to be picked up.

How long does it take?

Interlibrary loan can take from two days to two weeks. The average is one week. Therefore, it is recommended that requests be placed well ahead of the time the item is needed.

What does it cost?

Payment is due when item is picked up:

  • Fees: $2.00 per request for students, $1.00 per request for staff.
  • Postage: Return postage only (library rate) for books borrowed.
  • Some lending libraries may assess additional fees, which will not be incurred without consent of the requestor.
  • ILL fees and postage are waived for current full time ORU faculty members.

The person borrowing the material is responsible for damaged or lost items. All library privileges will be revoked and a library hold may be placed on your account pending the return of overdue materials and payment of any outstanding charges.


As soon as the requested item is available, an email will be sent to the patron’s ORU e-mail.

How and where do I pay?

Eagle Bucks and cash are acceptable forms of payment made at the main Library Circulation Desk, LRC-4 where interlibrary loan items are picked up.

Loan periods and renewals

Photocopies need not be returned. The loan period for other materials is set by the lending library and is typically 3 - 4 weeks. Most libraries do not allow borrowed materials to be renewed.


Interlibrary Loan services are a courtesy extended by a lending library. In order to maintain good relations with other institutions, the Interlibrary Loan Department makes every effort to comply with all restrictions and due dates set by the lending library. Please do not ask to borrow the same item twice.


Current copyright laws place restrictions on both personal as well as institutional photocopying of materials protected by copyright. Email if you need additional information about copyright compliance.

Last Updated: August 6, 2015