If the Library does not have the book I need, can I request that it be borrowed from another library?


You can borrow items that the Library does not have in its collections via our interlibrary services (CSU+ & ILLiad). Please note: Requesting services are only available to current SF State students, staff, and faculty. In order to borrow books via interlibrary services, you will need to follow five easy steps (described below). On your request form, you will need to designate whether you would like to pick the book up in the Library or if you would prefer to have the book mailed to you. For help requesting books via interlibrary services, please email dds@sfsu.edu.


  1. On the Library's homepage, type the name of the book you would like to borrow into the search box and click the "Search" button.
  2. Review the search results, and click on the title of the book you would like to borrow.
  3. Click on the "Sign in for more options" button, and then use your SF State credentials to sign in.
  4. If available, click the “Get It” link under Get a physical copy and fill out the form. Click the "Send Request" button at the bottom to send your request.
  5. To request a chapter, click the “Get It” link under Need a Chapter? and fill out the form. Be sure to include the chapter or page numbers requested. Click the “Send” button at the bottom to send your request.
  6. To request from a library outside the CSU system, click on the "Order the item from Interlibrary Services (ILLiad)" link. Fill out the ILLiad form. Once you have completed the form, click on the "Submit Request" button to submit your request. 

You will be notified when your book is ready to be picked up. To have your item mailed to you, email circmail@sfsu.edu with your mailing address and the title of items you wish to be mailed after you’ve placed the request.

  • Last Updated Jul 06, 2022
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  • Answered By Jamie Lamberti

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