For directions on how to search for books, please see: How Do I Find A Specific Book in our Library Catalog?


If you locate a book via the OneSearch catalog and it states “Print version not available in the library” you can order the book via Interlibrary Loan.


Print Version is not Available for InterLibrary Loan

First, you should try to order the book via CSU+ since books ordered via CSU+ arrive quicker than books ordered through Interlibrary Loan. See: How do I request a physical book through CSU+?


If the book is not available via CSU+, you can order it via Interlibrary Loan.


Interlibrary Loan is a worldwide Library borrowing system. Various types of materials can be available via Interlibrary Loan. It takes approximately 2-10 days to receive books from Interlibrary Loan.


Click on “Request this Item.” A new page will open.


Interlibrary Loan Request This Item

Click on the link that matches your CSUSM identity: Student, Faculty, or Guest.


ILL Login CSUSM Identity

Enter your Student ID and password. Press Login.


Interlibrary Loan Login Page


A request form for the book should appear with certain fields already filled in.

Double check that all required fields (indicated by a red asterisk) are completed and change any fields needed.


Interlibrary Loan Request Page


Press “Submit Request” at the bottom of the page.


Interlibrary Loan Submit Request


You will be directed to the Interlibrary Loan Menu page. It will have verification of your Interlibrary Loan Request at the top of the page. If verification does not appear, your request did not go through. Try your request again.

Interlibrary Loan Menu Page



You will be notified via email when the book is received by the library and you can pick the book up at the 3rd floor Circulation desk. Don’t forget your Student ID card.


If you would like to view your Interlibrary Loan requests, please go to My Account (top Left Hand Corner of the main Library page) and click on Interlibrary Loan.


On the Interlibrary Loan Account page, you will be able to view requests, make new manual requests, and view checked out items. Make sure to logoff after you have completed your use of your Interlibrary Loan Account.


Interlibrary Loan Menu Page with Arrows


To Login to your Interlibrary Loan Account when you are NOT requesting an item, go to the main CSUSM Library website. There are two ways to view your Interlibrary Loan Account. You will need to login with your Student ID and password.

1. Click My Account at the top of the Page and in that menu, click Interlibrary Loan Account

Getting To ILL Account via My Account



2. On the main CSUSM Library website under Quick Links, there is a button to go to your Interlibrary Loan Account.

Getting to ILL account via Quick Links