Very few libraries possess every article, book, or CD your research requires. However, that doesn’t change the fact that you need those resources for your work. If you search the SDSU Library’s catalog and can’t locate the material you need, try our Interlibrary Loan. Briefly:

  • Circuit is the fastest way to borrow a book from a participating institution (UCSD, USD, SCU San Marcos, San Diego County Libraries, and San Diego Public). Books are generally available for pickup at the Circulation Desk within 1-2 days.
  • WorldCat can locate books for you that aren’t available at the SDSU Library or through Circuit. WorldCat is a catalog that indexes thousands of library materials worldwide and allows you to request a book using Interlibrary Loan.
  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is able to acquire a much broader range of materials. When you submit an Interlibrary Loan request, an ILL staff member will perform an in-depth search of library catalogs worldwide to locate the item you need.

You can learn more about borrowing books on ILL’s FAQ page.  You will need to set up a free account to use our borrowing services.