How to... Request a Book or Article Our UMU Library Does Not Own

The University of Mount Union Library belongs to the OPAL, OhioLINK and SearchOhio consortia. All library catalogs in the consortia use similar library software to simplify and facilitate access to and availability of library resources and materials locally and throughout the state of Ohio.

Materials not available at the University of Mount Union may be available from another consortial library. If so, you may request to borrow the item during the search process for that item in the library online catalog.  When ascertaining that the item is not available at the University of Mount Union Library, click on the button for Search OhioLINK as seen below:


The search process will immediately take you to the OhioLINK catalog and search for the material in question. If the item is available at one of the other OhioLINK schools, you may then click on the green Request button.



You will be prompted for your institution:


… And name and barcode 


If the item is not available through OPAL or OhioLINK, SearchOhio may be of service.  SearchOhio is a consortium of public libraries around the state.  You may find it useful for acquiring DVDs, CDs and popular reading materials.  Just click on the SearchOhio button at the top of the catalog page and follow the prompts.



Some books may not be available from the University of Mount Union, OhioLINK, or SearchOhio. In this case, you may request an item using the Interlibrary Loan Service. There is no fee for using Interlibrary Loan. Interlibrary loan requests are not limited to Ohio libraries.

 Please use this form to request books:

Interlibrary Loan Book Request Form

Due dates vary for Interlibrary loan book requests, depending upon the policy of the lending library.

Journal Articles not available either in hard copy or electronic copy from the University of Mount Union may also be requested through the Interlibrary Loan process. There is no fee for using Interlibrary Loan for articles. Please use this form to request articles:

Interlibrary Photocopy Loan Form

Articles obtained through Interlibrary Loan become the property of the individual who requests them.

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