Interlibrary Loan - FAQs

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)  ~  FAQ's

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What is Interlibrary Loan & how do I use it?

InterLibrary Loan, or ILL, borrows books and gets copies of journal articles that this Library does not have available online or in paper.  Materials listed in our catalog may only be requested from another library if they are missing or at the bindery (see other regulations below).

Who can use the ILL service?

Our Interlibrary loan service is available to currently enrolled CSULA students, faculty and staff.

How long does it take?

Generally, 3 to 10 days; however, there are many variables. It's recommended that you allow up to 2 weeks to receive material.   Please Note:  Borrowing materials using the "Request Item" button in the "ALL CSU Catalog" reduces delivery time.

How much does it cost?

The CSULA Library does not charge for Interlibrary Loan.

Regulations and Renewals
  • The number of items borrowed shall not exceed 20 at any one time.
  • 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 indicated on the ILL wrapper when you pick up the book.
  • Some books cannot be renewed.  This is indicated on the ILL wrapper. To renew an ILL book, go to the loan desk or phone interlibrary loan.
  • Borrowers may keep photocopies of articles, they do not need to be returned.
  • Telephone requests for new interlibrary loans are not accepted.
  • Return books directly to the Loan Desk, 1st Floor Library North. Do not use the Book Returns.
  • All Interlibrary Loan materials are subject to recall by the lending library. Patrons must return materials immediately when a recall notice is received.

Borrower responsibilities

Where to pick up ILL materials
  • Books: Pick up books at the Loan Desk, 1st floor Library North. Leave the white strap wrapped 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 Loan Desk during regular library hours. Faculty and staff, articles are mailed directly to campus offices.
  • Articles in Electronic Format: Articles in electronic format will be delivered via email attachments and they can be retrieved from your NIS (campus) email account. 
    For students: logon to   Click here for more information on how to use webmail. 
    For faculty and staff: logon to

What is and is not available through ILL

Requests Which ILL Will Process

  • Books not in our
  • Books marked
        MISSING in our
        Library Catalog
  • Articles not in our
  • Articles vandalized, or
        torn out of issues
        which are in our
  • Articles from issues
       and volumes which are
       marked MISSING In our
       Library Catalog
  • ILL will make every attempt to obtain research material in various other formats (e.g., music scores, dissertations, etc.), but we have mixed success in obtaining these items from other libraries due to THEIR policies [See also this information on purchasing dissertation and theses via the Web.]
    Requests Which ILL Will NOT Process
    • Most materials in special formats (DVDs, videos, software, etc.)
    • Whole issues/volumes of journals
    • Software and CD-ROMS
    • Rare, fragile, and special collection books
    • Genealogy
    • Reference books

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