Borrowing from Other Libraries

CCA libraries do provide Interlibrary loan services for faculty and students to help with research needs that extend beyond the scope of our collections.

Before placing an ILL request, we encourage everyone to review the broad collections of the San Francisco, Oakland or Berkeley Public Libraries. These libraries are free to all California residents, and provide a free service called Link+, which allows cardholders to borrow books from libraries throughout California (including the Cal State libraries). Complete information on using the public libraries is here. Books and articles available through these libraries are not eligible for ILL requests.

Interlibrary loan works best for extended research, because it can take several weeks to months to receive an item from another library. Requests for books and/or articles is limited to one request per month for undergraduates, and three requests per month for graduate students and faculty.

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.

Submitting requests
Please note that CCA does not have interlibrary loan staff. Send your requests to: the Reference Desk for additional information.

formalized: Fall 2006