InterLibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan

C S U L A InterLibrary Loan
How to request books How to request articlesCheck Interlibrary Loan Status
Interlibrary Loan is now faster! Select Book/Article for step-by-step instructions. How to request BOOKS, theses, scores, newspapers on microformHow to request ARTICLES from journals, magazines, newspapersCheck the status of an Interlibrary Loan request.

(323) 343-4983


What is Interlibrary Loan & How to Use it
InterLibrary Loan, or ILL, borrows books and gets copies of journal articles that the CSULA 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?
  • 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 your request.
Who can use it
Our interlibrary loan service is available to currently enrolled CSULA students, faculty and staff.

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
The CSULA 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 Circulation Desk, 1st Floor, Library North, or phone the Library ILL Department (323-343-4983).
  • 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.

Borrower responsibilities
  • 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 materials
  • 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 Circulation Desk 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 original notice.
    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 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
  • ILL 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
    • Genealogy
    • Reference books