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Document Delivery

Document Delivery Service

When you can't come to the Library, we bring the Library to you!

While many articles are available online, there is still a significant amount of our collection available only in paper. Now, any print article or book chapter owned by the Library will be made available electronically by request. Entire books can be pulled in advance and placed "on hold" at the Circulation Desk in the Edmon Low Library. (Please note Copyright Restrictions below)

Requests will be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis for the first 20 requests per individual per day. The Library should fill requests within 48 hours of receipt. Requests can be made online at any time, but will be downloaded and processed Monday through Friday 8am-5 pm, and Sunday 10 am-6 pm.

Document Delivery is available to OSU faculty, staff and students who are registered with the OSU O-Key system.

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The process to request material owned by the Library is similar to requesting items from Interlibrary Loan. Here's how:

Delivery Information

Requests can be made online at any time, but will be downloaded and processed Monday through Friday 8am-5 pm and Sunday 10 am-6 pm. Please allow up to 48 hours from the receipt of the request for the delivery of articles.

Requested books will be retrieved from the OSU collection and placed on the "hold shelf" at the Circulation Desk on the first floor of the Edmon Low Library. You will be notified by e-mail when the book is available for pick up.

If you do not have sufficient time to wait for a Document Delivery, remember users are always welcome to visit the Library to retrieve items personally. Check our hours of operations for times.

Pick Up Information

Articles and books will be retrieved by ILS Monday through Friday and Sundays during the spring and fall semesters.

Copies of articles or selected pages from books or documents will be delivered electronically unless otherwise desired by the requester. There are two other delivery options: fax or delivery to the "hold shelf" at the Circulation Desk on the first floor of Edmon Low Library.

Items placed on the "hold shelf" will remain there for 1 (one) week, and then they will be returned to the main collection.

Copyright Restrictions

The Copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses a photocopy of reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use" that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order, if in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.