Interlibrary Loan

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Interlibrary Loan services assist SF State students, faculty and staff to borrow materials from other libraries that are not available at the J. Paul Leonard Library.


CSU+ is a free interlibrary loan service students, faculty and staff may use to borrow books that are checked out or not available at the J. Paul Leonard Library from one of the 22 other campuses of the California State University. Books are usually delivered within 1-2 weeks.

Using CSU+


You first need to login to OneSearch with your University ID and password to use CSU+. If an item you’re searching for is not available at our Library but is available at other CSU libraries a link to “Get a physical copy”, "Need a chapter?", or "Get a digital copy" will appear. Click on the "Get it" link and fill out the request form.

What can be Requested

Books and other print material, media, book chapters, and articles may be be requested. Each CSU library may limit the specific items they lend, so in some cases OneSearch may allow CSU+ requests for items the owning library does not lend. If that occurs, please request the item through ILLiad.

Pickup or Delivery

Requested items may be picked up at the Book Checkout & Pickup Desk on the first floor of the J. Paul Leonard Library during our hours of operation. You will receive an email notification once your item is ready for pick up.

To request an item be mailed to you, send your current mailing address to If you submit a request for items to be mailed, please allow additional time for shipping. 

CSU+ books held for pickup will be on the hold shelf for 14 days, after which they will be returned to the owning library if not picked up.

Loan Period

112 day loan period.  No renewals.  $90 lost book fee.

More Information

Contact Interlibrary Services
(415) 338-1727 /


ILLiad is a free interlibrary loan service students, faculty and staff may use to request items not available in OneSearch from libraries across the country or around the world. Books and other print material may take 5 days to 3 weeks to arrive.

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Using ILLiad

Have exact Title, Author(s), Edition, Year, Publisher, Journal, Volume, Issue

New Users

Login to ILLiad with your University ID and Password. Then enter your contact information into ILLiad. 

Before Using ILLiad

If you are having trouble finding a book, article, or other type of item in the Library please ask for help at the Research Assistance Desk or Ask a Librarian for advice. 

ILLiad Account

  • ILLiad uses your University ID and Password

Placing a Request

  • Know exactly what you are looking for. Typically this means: The exact Title, Author(s), Edition, Year, Publisher, Journal, Volume, Issue
  • Confirm that the item you are looking for is not available the Library's collections
  • When using OneSearch, Illiad is integrated in your searches. For other items not in OneSearch, etc., sign in to ILLiad to make a request

What You Need to Know

  • It can take 5 days to 3 weeks to get material
  • You will be notified by email when material has arrived
  • Pickup and Return physical materials at Book Pickup & Checkout Desk
  • Material can usually be borrowed for 4 weeks
  • You can usually renew for an additional 14 days, but this depends on the policy of the lending library. You must email Interlibrary Services to request a renewal.

Materials that can be Borrowed

  • Books and Parts of Books
  • Copies of Articles
  • Theses and Dissertations
  • Conference Proceedings
  • Technical Reports
  • Printed Music

Requests can be made for movies, music recordings, reference materials, etc., but these can be difficult to obtain depending on the lending library policy.

Your Responsibilities

Failure to do so may result in your borrowing privileges being revoked or limited to "Library Use Only."

More Information

Contact Interlibrary Services
(415) 338-1727 /