Interlibrary Loan is a UC San Diego Library-subsidized request service for all current UC San Diego students, staff, and faculty. Books or copies of articles that are not available at UC San Diego can be requested to support University research, coursework, or UC job-related functions. You must be registered with the UC San Diego Library in order to use interlibrary loan services. Some categories of patrons, including those in degree programs jointly administered by UC San Diego, students affiliated with other schools, or those enrolled in clinical rotations or internships at UC San Diego, may not be eligible for ILL privileges. Contact ILL with questions about eligibility.
Most requests are subsidized for eligible users and do not require payment.
Generally articles will be sent by email from other UC libraries within 3 working days; books from other UC libraries arrive in 3-12 days. Recently published or hard-to-find items may take several weeks. Foreign dissertations may take 1-2 months to arrive.
If you require RUSH delivery, please call or email ILL for assistance. Additional costs may be incurred for Rush delivery.
The book strap attached to each ILL item should not be removed. It contains information that allows non-UC San Diego material to circulate through the UC San Diego Library system. Removing the book strap will impede the clearing of the ILL item from your account, potentially resulting in overdue and/or replacement fees.
Also, the ILL book strap is UC San Diego property. A $ 10.00 replacement fee will be assessed for each book strap missing at the time of return.
Interlibrary loan items are subject to overdue, processing and replacement fees if they are not returned on time. A $ 14.00 overdue fee is assessed to each item returned 1-30 days past its due date. Any item not returned more than 30 days past its due date is considered lost and will be charged replacement and processing fees. Replacement costs are assessed individually per title.
Additionally, a $ 10.00 replacement fee will apply for each ILL book strap not returned with the material borrowed.
Use this form to submit an appeal for an ILL item. You may also submit the form from the workstation at the Geisel Front Desk.
ILL services are only available to UC San Diego students, staff and faculty. Those not currently affiliated with UC San Diego including alumni, non-concurrently enrolled extension students, local businesses, and UC San Diego affiliates working for a company and seeking materials related to their employment may still be eligible for basic UC San Diego borrowing priviledges, including access to Circuit.
ILL requests may be placed using a variety of methods which are outlined here.
Books, government publications, dissertations, and other materials which are not owned, missing, or checked out from the UC San Diego Library's collection can be borrowed from other libraries. Journal articles, patents, conference papers and proceedings, standards, technical reports, proceedings, chapters, and other materials which are not owned, missing, or checked out from the UC San Diego Library's collection can be provided with copies made available electronically. Videos, micro formats, rare books or manuscripts may be available through ILL on a library-use only basis.
Please note that ILL is intended to support University research, coursework, or UC job-related functions, and not intended for recreational reading.
Requesting of recreational materials is discouraged.
In addition, certain items may be difficult to obtain via interlibrary loan:
Other libraries typically do not loan from their video or DVD collections which makes these items difficult to obtain. Many times, video requests do not get filled because the items are fragile, few copies of the item exist, or items may not circulate. If a video or DVD is shipped to us under the condition of library-use-only, it will be available for viewing at the Media Desk. If no restrictions are placed on the item, we will make it available to you as a regular checkout for the loan period allowed by the lender.