Borrowing from Other Libraries
Interlibrary loan from other libraries is ONE way that CCA librarians help students and faculty locate material needed for study and research at CCA. Other possibilities include purchasing items for the library collections or directing the researcher to other resources. A research interview may be conducted to determine the most suitable option.
Interlibrary loan works best for extended research, such as for a thesis, because it can take several weeks to months to receive an item from another library. When the item is received, it is library-use-only and may not be checked out of the library unless there are special circumstances. We can also request photocopies of periodical articles when an exact citation is known.
When a supplying library charges for photocopies or loans, we charge $5 per request. This fee may be waived for faculty, graduate student thesis work, or by special request.
We do not provide interlibrary loan or photocopies for items available at the Oakland or San Francisco Public Libraries, including via their LinkPlus service.
To request items, please discuss your needs with one of the CCA librarians. You must have a CCA photo ID to be eligible for interlibrary loan borrowing.
Lending to Other Libraries
CCA Libraries provide interlibrary loan services to libraries of non-profit educational and research institutions and to public libraries.
Loans: Items are library-use-only within the borrowing library and are not to be circulated upon receipt. Exceptions may be granted if the need is warranted, in particular for SCELC and AICAD consortial institutions. Items are not loaned if they are in high demand at CCA or if the condition, format, or rarity of the material makes it unsuitable for transit. Periodicals, videos, theses, and special collections are not generally available for loan.
Loan period: 30 days from ship date; renewals possible if not needed by another patron
Loan charges: reciprocal with borrowing library
Photocopies: Photocopies can be requested for specialized materials not generally available in other libraries.
1-4 pages: no charge; free mailing
5-25 pages: 25 cents per page; plus $5 service charge
over 25 pages: special need only; cost recovery
Please note that CCA does not have interlibrary loan staff. Send your requests to: refdesk [at] cca [dot] edu (the Reference Desk), or call 510.594.3659 for additional information.
formalized: Fall 2006