New delivery service to OSU distance users

Circulation Services and Interlibrary Services are pleased to announce a new one year pilot program to offer off-campus delivery of OSU, OhioLINK, SearchOhio, and interlibrary loan items to OSU patrons starting Monday, January 12, 2015.


  • Current OSU faculty, staff, and students within the United States but outside the state of Ohio can request that OSU, OhioLINK, and SearchOhio items be mailed to them by choosing ‘Distance User (Out of state)’ as the pick-up location in our catalogs, including WorldCat@OSU.  The Circulation Paging Office staff will confirm a delivery address via email with the patron before sending the requested items via UPS (delivery signature required).  Patrons without access to an OSU campus can also use the ‘Distance User’ delivery option when requesting interlibrary loan items through ILLiad to have the Interlibrary Services office mail items to them as well.  Users do not necessarily need to be enrolled in a distance education course to request materials for off-campus delivery; so OSU faculty doing research out-of-state or OSU grad students finished with coursework and writing their dissertation elsewhere in the U.S. would be eligible.
  • The OSU Libraries will subsidize the cost of one-way delivery to the patron, but users will be responsible for return shipping to Thompson Library at their own expense via a traceable delivery method (such as UPS, Fedex, USPS with Tracking).
  • Only circulating materials with loan periods of 3 weeks of longer can be mailed and are subject to recall.
  • OSU faculty, staff, or students located within the state of Ohio are not eligible for off-campus UPS delivery and should use the OhioLINK catalog to request OSU, OhioLINK, and SearchOhio materials for pick-up at any of the 80+ OhioLINK member libraries around the state.


For questions, please contact Tony Maniaci in Circulation Services or Brian Miller in Interlibrary Services.