What is Interlibrary Loan &
How to Use it
or ILL, borrows books and gets copies of journal articles that
Library does not own in print or have access to from full-text
databases. Materials in our Library may also be requested
if they are determined to be missing or at the bindery (see
other regulations below). To make a request, follow
the directions in the Book Request Tab
at the top of the page for books or theses; or the Article
Request Tab for articles in journals, magazines, and newspapers
or chapters in books.
How is the new ILL system (ILLiad)
better than traditional ILL systems?
Who can use it
Our interlibrary loan service is available to currently enrolled
students, faculty and staff.
- You will find it easier to submit your interlibrary loan
requests. With ILLiad, you enter your name, address, and other
personal information into the system only once, at the time
of your first request.
- You can get information about the status of your request
through the Web at any time from any location without having
to call the Library ILL Service (323-343-4983).
- Library personnel are able to serve you better because all
data about your request and its handling is stored in a searchable
database. We are able to respond quickly to your inquiries about
How long does it take
It is recommended that you allow up to two weeks to receive
material. For book requests please use the CSU
Pharos System which will significantly reduce delivery time
for book requests. For all other requests please use the new ILLiad
Interlibrary Loan System.
How much does it cost
Library does not charge for Interlibrary Loan.
Regulations and Renewals
- The loan period for books varies from 14 days to 21 days
depending on the policy of the library lending the book. The
due date will be clearly indicated on the ILL wrapper when you
pick up the book.
- There are no renewals on some books and this is indicated
on the ILL wrapper. To renew other ILL books, go to the
Desk, 1st Floor, Library North, or phone the Library ILL Department
- Borrowers may keep photocopies of article; they do not need
to be returned.
- Telephone requests for new interlibrary loans are not accepted.
- Return books directly to the Circulation Desk, 1st Floor
Library North. Do not use the inside or outside book drops.
- All Interlibrary Loan materials are subject to recall by
the lending library. Patrons must return materials immediately
when a recall notice is received.
- Return borrowed material on time. Failure to return material
on time may result in suspension of ILL
privileges or limiting future requests to Library Use Only.
- You will be liable for any late charges/demand fees incurred
for items not returned on time.
- Take proper care of borrowed material and return it in
good condition. You are liable for any lost or damaged material.
- Observe any special conditions set for use of borrowed material.
Conditions for use of borrowed materials are set by the lending
institution. Special instructions are on the ILL wrapperand
may include: a) For Library Use Only; b)Photocopying Not Allowed;
c) No Renewals; d) Sign Dissertation User Page; or others.
Where to pick up ILL
- Books: Pick up books at the Circulation Desk, 1st
floor Library North. Leave the white ILL wrapper around the
book's cover on at all times. Books are already checked out
when you sign for them.
- Articles: Students, pick up articles at the
during regular Library hours.
Faculty and staff, articles are mailed directly to campus offices.
- Articles in Electronic Format: Patrons will be notified
by email that articles can be retrieved up to one month from
For students: logon to http://webmail.calstatela.edu.
for more information on how to use webmail.
For faculty and staff: logon to http://email.calstatela.edu
What is and is not available
Requests Which ILL
Books not in our collection
Books marked MISSING in our Library Catalog
Articles not in our collection
Articles vandalized, or torn out of issues which
are in our collection
Articles from issues and volumes which are marked MISSING
in our Library Catalog
will make every attempt to obtain research material in non-book
and non-article formats (e.g., music scores, dissertations,
videos, etc.), but we have mixed success in obtaining these
items from other libraries due to THEIR policies
[See also this information on purchasing
dissertations and theses via the Web.]
| Requests Which ILL
Will NOT Process
- Materials owned in a special format
- Whole issues/volumes of journals
- Software and CD-ROMS
- Rare, fragile, and special collection books
- Reference books