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Interlibrary Services: Interlibrary Loan and Interlibrary Use

Oglethorpe University students, faculty, and staff may obtain materials from other libraries through Interlibrary Services. Interlibrary Services consists of Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and Interlibrary Use (ILU).

In order to use either service, your library account must be active and in good standing (i.e. your account is not blocked). If you are unsure of your status, please contact the Circulation Desk at 404-364-8511. Oglethorpe alumni are not able to utilize either ILL or ILU.

Interlibrary Loan - ILL

Interlibrary Loan allows you to borrow materials from other libraries without having to visit them.  You may request books, journal articles, microfiche, dissertations, and other materials not available in the Philip Weltner Library.  Items generally arrive within 7-10 days. You are notified via email to pick up your items at the main Circulation Desk.  Links to requested journal article are emailed to your Oglethorpe email account.

Please note the following policy guidelines:

Item(s) owned by the Philip Weltner Library and required textbooks
Items owned by the Philip Weltner Library and required textbooks may not be requested through ILL. If an item is checked out, you can request it be recalled by visiting the Circulation Desk.

If the book is not owned by the Philip Weltner Library, and it will cost to borrow, the cost may be passed on to the patron.  Please indicate on the Book Request Form how much you are willing to pay. The Philip Weltner Library subsidizes any cost associated with article requests by students and faculty.

Book Loan Periods
Loan periods of usually 4-8 weeks are determined by the lending library.  You must renew your item(s) prior to the due date to avoid fines from lending libraries. You, the borrowing patron, are responsible for all overdue, damaged, or lost book fees as determined by the lending library. Loss or damage to an ILL book will result in suspension of ILL service for one semester.

How to Request Materials
First, verify that the material is not available in our library.  Use the Journal Finder to check for periodical titles and the Online Catalog to check for all other materials. Then, submit the request form below.


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Interlibrary Loan Contact:


Interlibrary Use - ILU

Interlibrary Use permits Oglethorpe University students, faculty and staff to visit and borrow from the collections of other Atlanta-area college libraries through the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education (ARCHE) consortium. To determine which library you wish to visit, search other Georgia Library Catalogs. You must obtain an ARCHE interlibrary use card from the Circulation Desk before visiting another institution, and you will need a unique ARCHE card for each library you wish to visit.

For assistance searching other libraries' catalogs, please see a Librarian or email librarian@oglethorpe.edu.

ARCHE Interlibrary Use Policies and Procedures

How to apply for a card
Verify that the material is not available in our library.  Then visit the Circulation Desk or Reference Desk to obtain an ILU card.

Interlibrary Use Contact:
Judy Zahn