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.
HOU students must be aware that in case they don't comply with the rules of each library or if the material they've borrowed is overdue, lost or damaged the HOU can impose penalties such as blocking their re-enrollment and not issuing to them their degree. Also the collaborating libraries impose fines which vary according to their Regulation, in cases where the material is overdue or damaged.
Please note the InterLibrary Loan process is followed only in cases where you wish to borrow from any other libraries except the HOU Library. If you want to use this service you must have obtained your academic I.D. card.
Finally the HOU library serves students and academic staff of other academic insitutions, lending them 4 items, from the HOU publications collection, for 20 days, (plus one renewal). However they can't borrow audiovisual and electronic material. Please take note that in cases where the borrowed material is overdue the HOU library comes in contact with students and imposes a fine. In case they don't comply, the libraries of the institution they belong to are then obliged to communicate with those students and impose the necessary penalties. Finally in case where the material is lost or damaged the corresponding libraries must replace it.