Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a means of sharing resources between libraries. Through Ottenheimer Library's ILL service, you have access to books, articles, and other items not available in our collection or databases. When you request an item, we send your request to participating libraries. If the item is available, they will mail us the book or send electronic copies of articles.
Users must provide an email, mobile number, and how you want to be contacted when your material arrives.
If you find an article in one of our library databases that does not provide full text, look for for the "Get From Another Library" link to initiate an ILL request.
We will request almost any library resource you need for your academic research, except current textbooks required for class.
Examples of hard-to-get items include:
Books and articles published very recently
Electronic books, and other online-only materials
Reference materials (encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc.)
Archival or Special Collections materials (rare books, original manuscripts, letters, photos, etc.)
Reports and studies published outside of academic literature or by commercial entities
We do not charge users for most interlibrary loans. However, if you lose borrowed materials, the supplying library will charge replacement and processing fees.
This is the date after which the item is no longer needed.
ILL staff typically process requests you submit within 48 hours (Monday-Friday). Delivery times for interlibrary loan materials vary depending on the supplying library, mail service, and accessibility of requested items.
Typical arrival times are:
Picking up materials
Expect a text or email notification when materials arrive. You or a designated proxy may pick up your requested items at the front desk on the first floor. A UA Little Rock or government issued photo ID is required.
Return borrowed materials to the front desk. After hours, use one of the book drops located across campus.
Request renewals before the due date through your interlibrary loan account, or call 501-569-8812. Interlibrary loan will notify you by text or email when the supplying library responds to your renewal request with a new due date or a denial.
Blocked Library Account
Excessive overdues and non-payment for lost/damaged items may result in suspension of all library privileges including database access. Library staff may also place a block on your Banner account. Contact interlibrary loan staff at 501.569.8812 after you return the overdue items or pay assigned fees.