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On-Demand Information Delivery

Beginning in August 2011, the University Libraries began an exciting new method of acquiring English-language books. Called On-Demand Information Delivery (ODID), it provides students, faculty, and staff with access to more information resources while maximizing the Libraries’ purchasing dollars.

What is On-Demand Information Delivery?

ODID is a mechanism that enables students, faculty, and staff to select the books they feel are most needed for their research and educational pursuits directly from the Library Catalog. Listings for over 60,000 scholarly books have been added to the Library Catalog; additional titles will be added regularly as new titles are published. As these books get used by customers, we will purchase them and add them to the permanent collection. Ebooks will be accessible immediately, while printed books will be available based upon their in-stock status from the supplier. Interlibrary loans will still be available for needed research materials. Faculty, staff and students can still submit requests for items they’d like us to purchase.

How will it work?

  • Listings are added to our catalog as new titles become available
  • As books get used, we’ll buy them to add to our permanent collection
  • Ebooks will be accessible immediately
  • Printed books availability will vary based upon in-stock status.  Once received all books will be automatically placed on the hold shelf for users to pick up.

 What will remain the same?

  • Students, faculty, and staff may still submit purchase requests for specific materials
  • Interlibrary Loan will still be available to borrow materials from another library
  • Electronic is our preferred format for materials. We will buy print versions only if the electronic version is unavailable

What are the benefits?

  • Provides access to greater number of resources for faculty and students
  • More cost-effective
  • Patron-selected items get used more often, research shows
  • Users do not have to do anything differently

Are other university libraries doing this?

Yes, many other university libraries have either implemented or are exploring some type of ODID, including Duke, Ohio St., Purdue, University of Texas, UCLA, Cornell, North Carolina St., NYU, ASU, University of  Utah, and the University of  Minnesota.

What if I have additional questions?

You may email us at LibrarySupport.  We will be happy to answer your questions.


Last modified: February 20, 2014