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Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Facts & Tips


Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a cooperative system by which libraries share their items regionally, nationally or internationally. Interlibrary Loan (ILL) at Cincinnati Children’s offers access to books and journal articles not currently available within the Edward L. Pratt Research Library or the University of Cincinnati/OhioLINK’s collections. Costs associated with the majority of ILL transactions are offered as a shared service to Cincinnati Children’s and cooperative agreements provide us access to these materials at a reduced rate.


Below find information regarding Interlibrary Loan (ILL) requests for items not available in the Edward L. Pratt Research Library or the University of Cincinnati/OhioLINK’s collections:

  • Requests must be submitted via our online Article Request Form, by emailing
  • The average turnaround time to receive articles is 1-5 days. Turnaround time varies depending on availability, time of request, lending libraries, and other factors.
  • When articles arrive, most articles are received electronically and will be sent via email when available.
  • Sometimes articles are sent directly to you, from the lender. Often, these emails will give you a password to use to sign in to a secure server to retrieve your article, or the article will be attached to the email as a PDF. On occasion articles are in the TIFF format.
  • The average time to receive books is within 3-10 days. The length of time varies depending on availability, shipping and the responsiveness of the lending library. It is best to request books well in advance of any deadlines.
  • In the interest of maintaining good relationships with lending libraries, due dates for materials must be honored.
  • The Edward L. Pratt Research Library reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.


Ebsco Discovery Service (EDS) is a discovery software tool (more than just a library catalog) that allows users to search numerous databases, as well as the majority of Pratt Research Library resources, in one place.  Please search EDS before ordering materials via ILL. To learn more check out our EDS: Ebsco Discovery Service Libguide.


All item pick-ups will be conducted at our “Self-Check-Out Station” located outside of S9-125. Items may be returned at the station or via Pratt Library Book Drop located directly within D2 at the entrance/exit which faces Building T.


Free Webinar-Using NCBI's MedGen in Clinical Practice May 2

NCBI will host a free webinar, Using NCBI's MedGen in Clinical Practice, May 2 from 12-12:30.
MedGen, a portal to clinical genetics in NCBI, includes information on Mendelian disorders, pharmacological response phenotypes, clinical features or findings and complex diseases.
The webinar highlights include:

  • learn how to make the clinical process more efficient by finding information in MedGen on genetic phenotypes,
  • get a list of all clinical features of a disorder
  • find all disorders with particular features.
  • learn how to retrieve actionable information (e.g. practice guidelines for a particular condition).
  • access relevant resources for patients in Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD) and Medline Plus.

For more information on the webinar:
Register here:

2018 Cecil Striker Society Annual Lecture

The Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions and the Cecil Striker Society for the History of Medicine

Cecil Striker Society Annual Lecture

Michael Farrell, M.D.

Beatrice Katz, Ph.D.

“Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Impacting the Health of Children in Our Community and the World: Past, Present and Future”

Thursday, May 3, 2018, 5-730 PM

Kresge Auditorium, 231 Albert Sabin Way

Medical Sciences Building


Reception and exhibit opening to follow.

RSVP by April 27th at 513.558.5120 or

New Grant Funding Organizations for MEDLINE/PubMed from Europe PMC, HRA and DHA

On April 4, 2018 the National Library of Medicine (NLM) announced that they will begin receiving grant funding information from a new  Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC) organization, the Health Research Alliance (HRA), and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  This funding information* will be added to MEDLINE/PubMed citations exclusively through both the NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS) and the Europe PMC Plus system..For more detailed information:

*Please note if searching for an organization use the full name e.g. cancer research institute [gr].


Advanced Google Searching – Virtual Lunch and Learn

Wednesday, Dec 6, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

This lunch and learn webinar will provide an overview of how Google searching works and how to use advanced searching techniques in regular Google as well as how to find the Google Advanced Search interface.  You will also learn to set up search alerts.

Advanced registration required:  Once registered you will receive the webinar contact details.

Do you have any specific questions about Google searching you would like covered? Include them when you register!  Contact Elaine Grigg Dean with any questions.