Requesting Materials From Other Libraries

OHSU participates in several programs that give library account holders access to materials at other libraries.

OHSU affiliates

Log into Interlibrary Loan

For current OHSU-affiliated faculty, residents, staff, and students.

OHSU Primate and VGTI

Current OHSU Primate and VGTI faculty and staff, please email for assistance.

Login for Non-OHSU borrowers

Log into Loansome Doc

For Oregon and SW Washington-based independent health professionals, businesses, OHSU alumni, OHSU volunteers, and the general public.

Interlibrary Loan

OHSU affiliates (faculty, students, residents and staff) can use the Interlibrary Loan system to request materials from other libraries and receive 10 free requests per year (faculty, residents and staff) or quarter (students). After the 10 free requests, further requests come with a fee. Allow up to a week to receive an article and up to three weeks to receive a loan. We provide all article requests as PDFs while physical materials arrive either at the BICC library service desk or the LRC library service desk. PDF articles will remain 'live' in your account for approximately 30 days and typical checkout periods are 2-4 weeks, often with a 2-4 week renewal for physical materials.

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Placing a hold for OHSU-owned materials

You may place a hold on an OHSU-owned print journal volume or a physical book and have it held at one of the library's service desks or sent to you through campus mail.

To place a book or journal volume on hold at one of the library's service desk or have it sent to you through campus mail, follow our process to make a request.

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Summit Service

OHSU affiliates (faculty, students, residents and staff) can request books and audio-visual media through Summit from 39 academic libraries throughout Oregon, Washington and Idaho. This service is available free of charge. Summit works hand-in-hand with your pre-existing library account, so no special registration is required. Materials will be delivered to your selected pickup location and can be returned to any OHSU library service desk or drop box location.  Summit books check out for six weeks with no renewals. Summit audio/visual material (DVDs CDs) check out for six days with no renewals.

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Portland Academic Health Libraries (PAHL)

OHSU affiliates (faculty, students, residents and staff) can request books from any PAHL library using a library-issued barcode. When searching the PAHL shared catalog, any book or media that can be checked out may be requested. Journal articles and unavailable PAHL library items can be requested through Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery service. Materials will be available for pick up at your selected location, usually within 3-5 business days (items are mailed to distance students). PAHL items are checked out for three weeks with an option for one renewal.

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Loansome Doc

Unaffiliated users may use Loansome Doc for requests through our library. Loansome Doc is the National Library of Medicine's Interlibrary Loan and referral system and allows borrowers to order documents found within PubMed ( from participating libraries. Once you establish an agreement with our library, any articles that you order through PubMed will be routed to our library to either fill from our collection or have filled from another library on your behalf. You can request PDF documents of items indexed in PubMed. We do not provide physical articles for loan to our unaffiliated users. It costs $14 for articles filled from our library's print collection and $25 + copyright fees for articles obtained from other libraries on your behalf. You will receive an email notifying you that your requested PDF is available as either an attachment or a link.

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