InterLibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan

WARNING: This page accesses the old Interlibrary Loan forms which are slower.

These forms should only be used when the new (Pharos) Interlibrary Loan form is not working.

C S U L A InterLibrary Loan
How to request books How to request articlesCheck Interlibrary Loan Status
Old Interlibrary Loan forms! 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.

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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.

Who can use it
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 is recommended that you allow up to two weeks to receive material. Borrowing material using our new, automated, Pharos-powered system significantly reduces delivery time in all cases.

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 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 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
  • 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 book strap and may include: a) For Library Use Only; b)Photocopying Not Allowed; c) No Renewals; d) Sign Dissertation User Page.

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 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 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 dissertation 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