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Oklahoma City Community College Keith Leftwich Memorial Library

About the Library: Interlibrary Loan

This guide includes information on services and policies at the OCCC Library.

About Interlibrary Loan

Looking for a book or article that the OCCC Library does not own? Request it via Interlibrary Loan! 

The OCCC Library can borrow books and get copies of magazine, journal, and newspaper articles not owned by the OCCC Library. They may come from libraries around the United States. All current OCCC students and employees can use ILL. There is no charge for this service, though occasionally we may not be able to obtain some articles due to cost.

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Lending libraries may place restrictions on the loan. "For Library Use Only" and other restrictions must be honored. ILL staff reserves the right to refuse service to any patron who may jeopardize borrowing agreements by violating lending library's stipulations.

Textbooks cannot be requested via ILL.

When a free copy of an interlibrary loan request cannot be located, OCCC Library staff reserve the right to cancel the request.


How Does It Work?

Start by placing your ILL request. Request forms can be found...

  • online: online request form
  • at the Library Assistance Desk on the 1st floor of the Library.

How long does it take?

  • Articles usually come in two to three business days. Look for them in your OCCC email. 
  • Books may take several weeks to arrive.  Allow at least ten days.. 
  • To check on the status of an ILL request, email or call (405) 682-1611, x7390.

When it comes in...

  • You will be notified by phone or email. 
  • Pick up ILL books at the Library Circulation Desk.
  • ILL articles will be sent to your OCCC email. 

How long can I keep my ILL?

  • The length of the lending period is set by the lending library. ILL books are commonly loaned for one month. ILL articles are copies that are yours to keep.
  • You are responsible for returning the borrowed material to the OCCC Library on time. Email the ILL staff at to request a renewal. If an item is not returned, you will be charged a replacement cost set by the lending library. Until the item is returned or paid for, students will be placed on academic hold, and may lose future ILL privileges. 

Library staff reserves the right to limit the number of requests made. Copyright law further restricts what the Library may request.

Contact Interlibrary Loan

Email Us:

Or Call:

(405) 682-1611 x7390

Lending Information for Other Libraries

OCLC Symbol: OKJ

We accept OCLC, email, and phone requests. We will not lend periodicals, A/V, microfiche, or reference items. Loan periods are six weeks. Photocopies are free up to fifty pages, $.10 per page thereafter. OCCC ILL is closed one to two weeks in December and one week in March. 

Copyright Law

The 1978 Federal Copyright Law has placed a limit on the number of photocopies a library may request from periodicals published within the last five years. Usually this will not affect the ability to request material.