Interlibrary Loan

Getting what you need from other libraries

This page will explain two methods of borrowing outside our library: OPALL borrowing and Interlibrary Loan. The main thing to remember is to use the OPALL system first, and then only if OPALL does not have what you need, request what you need via interlibrary loan (ILL).

When another OPALL library owns the book, but MU does not…

  1. Locate the title in the catalog (make sure MU doesn’t have it)
  2. Click on the “Request” button at the top of the item’s catalog record and follow the instructions
  3. Transit time is 2-7 days
  4. You will be notified when the item arrives

When the OPALL catalog and Multnomah research databases do not contain what you need…

  1. Request items via Interlibrary Loan Form
  2. If you find a non-fulltext citation in EBSCOhost, use the interlibrary loan link in EBSCO
  3. Transit time is 3-10 days
  4. You will be notified when the item arrives

When a Multnomah book is available on the shelf…

  1. Retrieve the book from the shelf directly
  2. Please do not use OPALL to ‘request’ it

When any OPALL book is checked out already…

  1. Search the Library catalog and determine the item you want is already checked out
  2. Visit or call the Library circulation desk to have a hold placed by library staff
  3. This will place you ‘next in line’ and you will be contacted when the book becomes available