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Get Books from Libraries Beyond the CSU System: The Interlibrary Loan Service (ILL or ILLiad)

If you need a book that's not in any of the CSU libraries, we can usually get it for you!

 

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This service is temporarily unavailable.

 

     Libraries of all types across the nation and beyond have a long-standing tradition of helping each other out by loaning books or sending articles to one another.  This is known as the Interlibrary Loan service, ILL, or ILLiad.

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1. SEE IF THE BOOK IS AT ANOTHER CSU LIBRARY

For the fastest service, always check to see if the book you need is at a CSU library first:

Didn't find your book?  You can still get it through the Interlibrary Loan service.

On our website (www.csusb.edu/library), in the Quick Links box, click on Request Interlibrary Loan.  Log in with your normal MyCoyote log in.

Quick Links - Request Interlibrary Loan.

2. FIRST TIME USERS ONLY: SET UP YOUR ACCOUNT

First time users will be prompted to provide contact information.  Once you've done this you can proceed with the next step.

3. GO TO THE ONLINE INTERLIBRARY LOAN FORM FOR BOOKS

From the New Request menu on the left side of the screen, click on Book.

The New Request menu.

4. FILL OUT THE FORM

At the very least, you will need to know the complete title of the book (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets NOT Harry Potter) and the name of the author or editor in order to submit a request.  We want to be certain we get the right book for you, so please give us as much information as possible.  You might find our guide Is it an Article, a Book, or a Chapter in a Book: Identifying Citations useful.  Click Submit Request and you are done!

Hint!

You can usually find detailed information on a book (publisher, date of publication, etc.) on Amazon.

 

A blank Interlibrary Loan form for a book.

BORROWER RESPONSIBILITIES

You are responsible for:

  • Returning items on time and in good condition.
  • Paying any late, lost, or damaged fees.
  • Following any special instructions on the paper slip on the front cover of the book, for example, For Library Use Only or Photocopying Not Allowed.

FAQS

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How long does it take to get an Interlibrary Loan book?

Usually 7-14 working days (M-F; in summer, M-TH) but it depends on how far it has to travel to reach us.  Rest assured we always try to get Interlibrary Loan books as quickly as possible.

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How much does Interlibrary Loan cost?

The Interlibrary Loan service is free for all current CSU students, faculty, and staff.  Help keep this service free by only ordering books you really need.

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How will I know when to pick up an Interlibrary Loan book?

We will notify you by email.

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Where do I go to pick up an Interlibrary Loan book?

BRING YOUR CURRENT STUDENT ID CARD.

In the Pfau Library, go to the Check-Out Desk on the 1st floor.  At the Palm Desert Campus, go to the Helene A. Hixon Information Resource Center. 

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Where do I go to return an Interlibrary Loan book?

The same place you picked it up from or one of the book drops.

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How long do I get to keep an Interlibrary Loan book?

Usually 3-4 weeks. The due date will be on the front cover of the book.  You will get email reminders.

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Can I renew an Interlibrary Loan book?

Sorry, no, but you can request it again.

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Can I request my textbooks with Interlibrary Loan?

Sorry, no.

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Can I access ebooks at other CSUs with Interlibrary Loan?

Sorry, no.

Interlibrary Loan Office PL- 109 M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (in summer, M-TH)  ill@csusb.edu or 909-537-5093

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