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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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.
First time users will be prompted to provide contact information. Once you've done this you can proceed with the next step.
From the New Request menu on the left side of the screen, click on Book.
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!
You can usually find detailed information on a book (publisher, date of publication, etc.) on Amazon.
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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.
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.
How will I know when to pick up an Interlibrary Loan book?
We will notify you by email.
Where do I go to pick up or return up an Interlibrary Loan book?
Picking Up - Main campus
From the Check-Out Desk on the 1st floor (bring a current Coyote ID card) or from the lockers just inside the north entrance.
Returning - Main campus
At one of the book-return slots inside the library or one of the exterior library return boxes.
Picking Up & Returning - PDC campus
The Helene A. Hixon Information Resource Center
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.
Can I renew an Interlibrary Loan book?
Sorry, no, but you can request it again.
Can I access ebooks at other CSUs with Interlibrary Loan?