Access and Borrowing


How do I Request an Article Through Document Delivery ?

This video demonstrates how to request an article using the OU Libraries’ Document Delivery Service: If you are unable to view this video, try accessing the video from YouTube.


What library privileges do alumni, OU retirees, or OU emeritus faculty have?

Alumni, if they are not enrolled in classes, are considered community members and have access to resources only if you come to Alden Library (that is no access from home or off-campus). You may want to look at the additional benefits of joining the Friends of the Libraries (e.g., access to OhioLINK and interlibrary loan). […]


How do I reserve a movie (DVD) for a class?

Many movies are used for teaching purposes and due to the popularity of many of our titles, Faculty, Instructors and Teaching Assistants are allowed to reserve in advance. To do this you call the 4th floor Circulation Desk at 740-593-2695.


I returned my library books, why are they still showing up as checked out on my account?

You can check the status of books that you have checked out using your Library Account. Please note that books left in the book drops are not checked in immediately. At times when many books are being returned – such as the end of the semester – it may take longer than usual for books to […]


Can I check out audio visual equipment?

Alden Library does not loan camcorders or video cameras, projectors, digital cameras, tripods, etc.  However, such audio visual equipment is available in The Patton College of Education and Human Services’ Curriculum & Technology Center, 215 McCracken Hall. Students in need of equipment (projectors, video cameras/camcorders, digital cameras, etc.) for class assignments can access the Center’s […]


How do I put a hold on a book that is checked out, so I get it next?

If one of our books, meaning a book owned by OU or a branch of OU, is checked out you should try to request it through OhioLINK. Either search the OhioLINK Catalog directly or from your ALICE Catalog search Click the “Search OhioLINK” button on the right side of the page (see image to the […]


How do I access Course Reserves for my class?

Professors and instructors will often place items on “reserve” at the library.  These reserve items can be either print (hard copy) or online (pdf) files.  To find items for your class, search by class or instructor.


What is my Ohio ID? How do I reset my Ohio ID password?

Your Ohio ID is the stem portion of your email (e.g., if your email is then your Ohio ID is bobcat1). This is the same username and password used for My Ohio and Blackboard. If you are a new or returning after an extended absence, start by activating your Ohio ID. Students and faculty […]


How do I get something that’s not in ALICE library catalog or OhioLINK? Or that is not online?

When you cannot find book or article in Ohio, we will try to borrow it from another U.S. library or in some cases international library. You start this process by making either “book” or “article” request through Interlibrary Loan-Illiad. Provide as much citation information as you know as this will help expedite the process.


How do I borrow books, movies (DVDs), and other library materials?

In Alden Library you can check out books, movies (DVDs), and other items at the following three desks: 4th Floor Circulation Desk 3rd Floor Fine Arts Desk 2nd Floor Learning Commons Desk The Music and Dance Library also checks items out from their Circulation desk in Glidden Hall. You can check out movies at the […]