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Inter-Library Loan Policies & Procedures

Inter-Library Loan Services are limited to registered students, faculty, emeritus faculty, and staff of CSUDH.

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Loan Period

To ensure that you receive your requested material on time, please submit requests at least two weeks before you need the materials.

Loan periods for Inter-Library Loan items are determined by the lending library. The average loan period is approximately two to three weeks.

To request a renewal of your Inter-Library Loan material, you must select the "request renewal" option under your ILL account, available online here. Renewals can not be processed manually by ILL staff.

Items Available for Loan

The following items can usually be requested via Inter-Library Loan:

  • Books
  • Some dissertations and theses
  • Journal articles

Inter-Library Loan items may not be borrowed in order to put on the reserves desk or be put to similarly long-term use.

The following items can not be requested via Inter-Library Loan:

  • Titles owned by the CSUDH Library - if an item you want is checked out, you can place a hold on it at the circulation desk
  • Most textbooks - most libraries place their textbooks on reserves counters, which means they cannot be loaned out
  • Recently published books - if a book was published two weeks ago, chances are that no library anywhere will have it yet
  • Some dissertations and theses - due to copyright restrictions placed by the authors
  • Entire issues of periodicals such as scholarly journals - please request the individual article that you require
  • Reference materials, rare books, archival materials
  • Audiovisual materials
  • Software, hardware, and E-books

Fees and Charges

There are usually no fees associated with borrowing materials through Inter-Library Loan. However, if a library does charge for the service, you will be notified before you will be charged.

Material Pickup

You will be notified by e-mail when your books arrive at the CSUDH Library. Requested articles will be delivered electronically through your Inter-Library Loan account or via e-mail. You will need a current CSUDH ID card in order to check out the materials once they have arrived. Driver's Licenses are not accepted.

Web Document Delivery

The CSUDH Library uses ILLiad to track Inter-Library Loan requests. By logging into the ILLiad system with your MyCSUDH username and password, you can access request history, request item renewals, and also download electronically delivered journal articles. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required in order to view, download, and print any items received via Inter-Library Loan. It comes pre-installed on most computers, but if you do not have it you can get it for free at the following link: http://get.adobe.com/reader/

Overdue Policy

Overdue fines for Inter-Library Loan work the same was as overdue fines for items checked out of the CSUDH Library. You are still required to pay these fines in the normal way and with the normal penalties. For our overdue policies, please visit the circulation policies page.

Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research". If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use", that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.


For additional information, please contact Faye Clack, Inter-Library Loan Coordinator, at ill2@csudh.edu or (310) 243-3716