If ODU Libraries Does NOT Own the Item

Use our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Service, called ILLIAD.

ILLIAD is free and fast. You will first need to set up an ILLIAD account, which you can use to request any item not owned by the ODU Libraries. Do this from the library's Web site by clicking on the Interlibrary Loan link under the heading Services. Some databases offer the option to submit an ILL request directly from the database. Otherwise, you'll need to go to the "Services" option on the library's Web site, and complete the request yourself.

Watch the attached video for a sample Interlibrary loan request.



Use WorldCat Local or other library catalogs for libraries near you.

As you may remember, WorldCat Local lists books, journals (not individual articles), and other materials available in libraries throughout the world. If the item is in a library that belongs to the Tidewater Consortium,** you may go to that library and borrow the book (as long as you have a Consortium Borrowers Card that you get from our library's circulation desk, for free). If another library has a journal, you can usually visit that library and photocopy whatever article you need. 


As a last resort, Check the Internet.

        Some journals, random journal issues, or individual journal articles are available freely on the Internet.

As always, if you need more help, contact a reference librarian.

** NOTE : ODU belongs to a local consortium which lets you borrow materials from 14 area college and university libraries that make up the Virginia Tidewater Consortium for Higher Education. To borrow from any of these libraries, stop at our Circulation Desk first and get a free Consortium card.

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