Interlibrary loan available for distance learning students

March 15, 2019 | UToday, Library
By Bailey Sparks

University Libraries is making borrowing books and other materials easier for distance learning students. Those who qualify can use interlibrary loan.

Eligible students must live more than 50 miles from University campuses, but still reside within the United States. They must be enrolled as students, but not taking any classes that meet on campus. Additionally, their library record must be in good standing with no outstanding fines.

“The University has a large population of online and distance learning students,” said Lucy Duhon, collection sharing coordinator and scholarly communications librarian. “Offering these students interlibrary loan extends our library service and makes our collections available to them.”

Shipping materials are covered by the library. Materials are sent in a flat-rate box labeled U.S. Priority Mail. A prepaid shipping label will be emailed to the student before materials are due.

“Eligible students who live in Ohio should be encouraged to try to borrow materials via OhioLINK first, if possible, using the ‘pickup anywhere’ service,” Duhon said. “But for those who do not live in the state, or for those requests that cannot be filled via OhioLINK, we are happy to provide this new option.”

Distance learning students who are interested and meet the eligibility requirements should check out the new Distance Learning Patrons’ page on the University Libraries website.

For more information, contact Valerie Brown, library associate, at

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