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OHSU Students - Pilot Project for Free Interlibrary Loans during Fall quarter!

We know from your feedback that paying for articles or books from other libraries through interlibrary loan makes it harder for you to access the materials you need for a successful student experience at OHSU.

So, from September 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011, the OHSU Library is conducting a pilot project to provide free interlibrary loans for all OHSU students. (Requests for Summit materials are already free.  For more information about Summit service, please see

Other fees, such as RUSH surcharges ($10.00), or scanned copies from the Library’s collection ($10.00) will still apply.

To request items, students need an ILL Express account. Once registered, requesting articles is simple. To order articles from OHSU Library databases, simply click on the blue "Find it at OHSU Library" button, then click on the Interlibrary Loan link. Log into your ILL Express account (only need to do once) and hit the Submit button!

This pilot project will be evaluated in January 2012 to assess if it is feasible to continue the service. Announcements will be made at that time.

Questions? Please give us a call at 503-494-3499 or email

Did You Know?

  • The average cost to OHSU Library to fill an ILL request is $17.50; the range is from $8.50 to $90.00.
  • The average turnaround time for an article is 2-3 days; the range is from 2 hours to 2-3 weeks, depending on the library that is filling your request.
  • Because books need to be shipped, the average turnaround time for print or audiovisual materials is 2-3 weeks. The average turnaround time for print or audio visual materials requested through Summit is 4-5 days.
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