Answered By: Charles Dunham
Last Updated: Nov 18, 2017     Views: 169

Unfortunately, as of June 15, 2013, Interlibrary Loan services ceased. We are deeply regretful that we had to eliminate this service; however, budget cuts and staffing reductions for the 2013-2014 fiscal year forced us to make some very difficult decisions. One of the reasons Interlibrary Loan was targeted for cuts is that it has historically been a very expensive and labor intensive service for us to maintain.

There are a few Interlibrary Loan options in the Corvallis area that may help you get the item that you need:

Interlibrary Loan Alternatives in Corvallis Area

  • You can get a library card for a one time $1.00 fee at Oregon State University Libraries if you are a resident of Oregon. A library card at OSU allows you to check out materials from their locations; however, it does not give you access to their Interlibrary Loan services
  • The Corvallis Family History Center can get any microfilm in their catalog for $7.50 and it can be kept at the Family History Center for 50 days. The whole transaction can be done online. The microfilm isn’t just LDS records; the LDS collects genealogical information from all over the world. That said, they don’t have anything in the way of local newspapers, and they cannot get books.
  • The Murray Memorial Library (Good Sam Regional Medical Center-Corvallis) and Stanley K. Davis Library (Samaritan Albany General Hospital-Albany) can help with the public's health-related research needs, which includes access to special databases and other resources from within their locations.  More info about those libraries can be found here:
  • Albany Public Library offers a library card to anyone outside of Albany for $50/per year and this includes access to their Interlibrary Loan services. Albany Public Library charges $3.00 per Interlibrary Loan request received.
  • Be sure you submit a purchase suggestion on our website for the item in case it is something we might consider purchasing for our collection.
  • Overwhelmed by these options? Simply start by contacting a reference librarian here at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library and we can help try to connect you to a source you may be able to obtain your item from.

Please just let us know if you have questions about this or if we can help you to determine how you might get the specific item you are looking for.


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