guest services desk

You are here

Main Content

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan is now processing requests for physical items and will use the Library’s Locker Service for pickup. As of August 30, 2021 you may return ILL items inside the library during Library open hours or you may return to any of the Library book drop bins* on campus available 24/7 or can be mailed back to the Interlibrary Loan department at the user’s expense.

*Please note that items returned to bookdrops are not cleared from your account until the items are inspected by the University Library staff which can take up to a week to process. Your account will be updated once the items have been officially checked-in.

Interlibrary Loan is a service provided to obtain materials which are needed for research but are not available in the University Library. Please use our Interlibrary Loan request form. For more questions about Interlibrary Loan contact interlibrary.loan@csun.edu or call (818) 677-2294. Many books may be temporarily available from a variety of publisher’s websites and other sources until the end of the semester, in addition to the Library’s subscription databases. See Free eBooks/Textbooks, Articles, Media, etc.

How do I use Interlibrary Loan Services?

Users can requests books, articles, media, micro, theses and dissertations from InterLibrary Loan through OneSearch using the Request from InterLibrary Loan link after logging in. Items not found in OneSearch can be requested directly using the using the Interlibrary Loan Service (ILLiad) form. InterLibrary Loan requests borrow materials primarily from non-CSU campus libraries, and currently take 2-3 weeks to fill due to library closures. Requests submitted via email cannot be processed. 

Alternatively, users can use the Request from Other CSU Libraries: CSU+ link after logging into OneSearch to borrow materials from other CSU libraries.  CSU+ requests currently take 1-2 weeks to fill due to Library Closures. Requests submitted via email cannot be processed. 

Details about Interlibrary Loan services may be found at: Frequently Asked Questions about Interlibrary Loan.

Details about CSU+ services may be found at: Frequently Asked Questions about CSU+.

If you have a non-routine request -- particularly for theses, dissertations, music, conference proceedings, government documents, technical reports -- discussing it with interlibrary loan staff may save you a great deal of time, energy and frustration. There may be alternative means of getting your materials, especially articles; many of these are accessible online.

Faculty members who desire videos for classroom viewing should first use the Library Catalog to consult the existing video collection for appropriate titles. Faculty may also wish to contact their Librarian Subject Selector to inquire about the possibility of purchasing videos, CDs and other media for the Library collections.

To access the service please Login to Interlibrary Loan.

Contact Us

For Interlibrary Loan or CSU+ questions and information: