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Online Access to Library Services: Borrowing Books

Distance Learner Library Services provide help with research needs and access to library materials for currently enrolled students living over one hour from the ORU campus. Library registration is required before services can be provided.

Electronic Books

ORU Library's extensive ebook collection is available to all ORU students 24/7 from any Internet connection.

To learn more about ebooks, see these guides:

Print Books

The book loan period for Distance Learners is 90 days.

Distance Learners can:

  • See if their local library owns the needed title.
  • Ask the local public library to request the title through Interlibrary Loan. 
  • Request pages to be scanned from library books by Distance Learner Library Services* (no charge)
  • Request through Distance Learner Library Services* to check out and mail up to five titles at a time to ORU distance learners.
  • opens new windowRequest form for distance learner library materials (for books or scanned pages)

Costs involved in mailing books*

  • $3.00 (per book) to mail books at Book Rate.
  • $6.00 to mail books (weighing two pounds or less) at Priority Mail rate.

*Note: the library is not able to ship books outside the United States.

Return of the materials is the responsibility of the borrower.

Distance Learner Library Services can provide assistance in locating resources in the ORU Library.

*Contact DLLS: 918-495-7495 or


To renew your library books, click the opens new windowRenew Books button on the Books+ tab of the quick search box on the library web site. Log into your library account with your first and last name and your ORU ID barcode. Once you're logged in, you will see the items you have checked out and renew selected or all the items so long as none of them are past due. Otherwise, email the Access Services Supervisor to request a renewal. Faculty are not charged overdue fees, but they are responsible for lost or damaged items.

quick search box renew books link

How to find Books and Ebooks

How to Find Books and ebooks

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ORU Library 2020 2:26  
How to Find and Use Ebooks  
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How to Find Books & ebooks: Advanced Search Tips  
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ebook Video Tutorials

Links to video tutorials on:

  opens new windowProQuest Ebook Central tutorials thumbnail   opens new windowthumbnail for ebook video tutorial
ProQuest Ebook Central: 4 video tutorials on searching, & using ebooks, 2017, 11:51  

EBSCOhost, ebooks: Searching for ebooks Tutorial, n.d., 3:29

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Gale, Gale eBooks Basics, 2012, 7:17   Credo, Keyword Searching in Credo Reference, 2011, 2:21