Interlibrary Loan

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+ and ILLiad are free interlibrary loan services students, faculty and staff may use to borrow books that are checked out or not available at the J. Paul Leonard Library from another library. Borrowing items from one of the 22 other campuses of the California State University are prioritized first. Books are usually delivered within 1-3 weeks.

Loan Details  

  • Loan Periods for both CSU+ and ILLiad are determined by the lending library and can range from 2 weeks to 4 months. Check the due date on the book band or your Library account after receiving items.  

  • Lost item fees are determined by the lending library, and typically, are at least $90 per item.  

  • Check the book strap for any special handling conditions. 

  • Observe copyright guidelines

Renewal Information  

CSU+ items are not renewable.

ILLiad renewals are determined by the lending library and can be requested by logging in to your ILLiad account.

How to Request  

  • Items are requested through OneSearch. For instructions, please visit our FAQ

  • If the item is unavailable at one of our CSU+ lending libraries, your request will automatically transfer to our ILLiad service.   

  • If your item is not found in OneSearch, please complete the Blank ILL Request form. SF State login is required. 

  • To check the status of your request, log in to your My Library Account. If your request does not show, log in to 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 when your item is ready for pickup. 

To request an item be mailed to you, send the book title and 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 remain the hold shelf for 3 weeks, after which they will be returned to the owning library if not picked up. ILLiad items will be held until the due date.  

What You Can Request  

  • Physical Books 

  • Up to 2 book chapters, digitally  

  • Copies of articles 

  • Theses and dissertations 

  • Conference proceedings 

  • Technical reports 

  • Printed music 

Requests can also be made for movies, music recordings, reference materials, and similar items, but these may be difficult to obtain depending on the lending library's policy. 

We are unable to borrow ebooks at this time. 

Contact Info 

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