InterLibrary Loan Service of Books
As a member of the Hellenic Academic Libraries Link consortium the Hellenic Open University (HOU) Library co-operates with other Greek academic member - libraries of the InterLibrary network so that its students can borrow material from those libraries. Students who wish to use the services of other libraries must conform to the rules and regulations of those libraries.
The InterlibraryLoan process goes as follows:
1. Students search for the material and locate it in one of the collaborating academic libraries listed below. To do a search they can either click on the Union Catalogue – MITOS, which searches for material in 26 academic libraries that participate in the Hellenic Academic Libraries Link consortium or in the electronic catalogue of each library separately (for those institutions not involved in the above consortium).
2. Students fill in and send electronically a Book InterLibrary Loan Request Form to the HOU Library,
3. The HOU library then forwards the request to the specific library from which the student wishes to interborrow material
4. Upon being confirmed that the material is available, the student is informed by email to visit the library and pick it up.
Some libraries send the material to the students' residential address. In that case HOU students bear all the costs of the shipment and return of the material and are obliged to use a courier service, (not the Post Office).
H.O.U. students should pay attention to the fact that in case of a delayed return, loss, damage or non-compliance with the regulations of the relevant library, the H.O.U. Library Services Committee may impose a temporary deprivation of the right to use the H.O.U. Library Services for a period ranging from one week to two months, while it may notify the Registry Department and the President of the Governing Committee of the H.O.U., who may impose the following sanctions: deprivation of the student responsible of the right to: participate in the examinations, select new Modules and receive the graduation certificate. Furthermore, in case of overdue return or damage, users are obliged to pay to the collaborating libraries any fines imposed by the latter, depending on their regulation.
Please note the InterLibrary Loan process is followed only in cases where you wish to borrow material from any other libraries except the HOU Library. If you want to use this service you must have obtained your academic I.D. card.
The H.O.U. Library, in the context of the Interlibrary Loan Service, serves students and professors of other Academic Institutions through an Interlibrary Loan Service Request from the relevant library. The H.O.U Library lends up to three (3) titles from its printed material for a period of fifteen (15) days, with the right to one renewal of said period unless someone has placed a hold on the said material. The abovementioned users don't have the right to place a hold on material. Attention is required, as in case the return of borrowed material is delayed, the H.O.U. Library shall contact the borrowers. If they do not comply, the Libraries requesting the interlibrary loan service, undertake to contact their members and impose the relevant sanctions. Furthermore, in case of loss or destruction of the material, the relevant Libraries are required to replace it.