Limited Online Library Access Lending (LOLA) Service

With the health and safety of our staff and patrons being a top priority, and in support of Miami University’s (MU) efforts to address concerns about physical distancing on campus during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Miami University Libraries (MUL) will be offering a new service, Limited Online Library Access (LOLA), to current MU students, faculty, and staff. Through this short-term lending service, MU scholars will be able to digitally access works held in the MUL physical collection remotely via Canvas.

LOLA will give scholars safe access works needed for teaching, research, and the creation of new scholarship during the current health emergency. This includes those members of the MU campus community who have requested accommodations and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act that allow them to pursue healthy and safe engagement in learning and campus life during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

LOLA requests can be placed using this:

Most LOLA requests will be fulfilled within 3-5 business days, though more time may be needed depending on the nature of the work and the timing of the request.

Frequently Asked Questions about LOLA

Who can utilize LOLA?

This service is available to current members of the MU campus community (students, faculty, and staff).

What can I request access to via LOLA?

Eligible patrons can request access to any physical work help in the MUL collections that is not otherwise available in a digital format via one of our licensed databases.

How will I access items made available through LOLA?

Items will be made available via Canvas.

How long will I be able to access LOLA items?

Generally, items will be made available via LOLA for circulation periods comparable to that of the physical item held in the MUL collection or for a maximum of 30-days, whichever is shorter.

Will I be able to download items made available via LOLA?

To help promote compliance with US copyright law, literary works will be made available in a read-online only format and media works will be streamed.

Will the library provide me access to any item I wish via LOLA?

No. The MUL reserves the right reject requests determined to fall outside the scope and intent of this service or that cannot be fulfilled in compliance with user rights found in U.S. copyright law.

What if I’m unable to obtain access to learning materials via LOLA?

If the MUL is unable to fulfill your LOLA request a staff member will contact you about alternate options for accessing held in their print collection. This includes:

Questions about LOLA should be directed to Carla Myers, MU’s copyright librarian at