Interlibrary loan services are provided to patrons of the Allen Memorial Library to enhance the research capabilities for individual patrons and to provide use of materials not owned by the Library. Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is the provision of materials from library collections outside of Valley City State University. Allen Memorial Library has access to libraries’ collections throughout North Dakota and the United States through the North Dakota library consortium (ODIN) consortium and the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), a computer-based information retrieval system.
Every attempt is made to obtain requested materials as quickly and as inexpensively as possible, given certain restrictions. Members of ODIN do not charge for interlibrary loans. However, some libraries outside the network do impose surcharges and/or photocopying charges for their services that Allen Memorial Library passes on to the faculty or staff. Students are not assessed charges for materials borrowed through ILL.