Interlibrary Loan


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What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary loan is a national lending system through which library users may borrow books from other libraries in the United States. Users may also get copies of periodical articles from other libraries.

How do I order materials through Interlibrary Loan?

Please follow the steps below before you fill out the Interlibrary Loan Form. Note: you will need to go to other websites in order to complete these steps. Once you have obtained all of the necessary information, please open up the Interlibrary Loan Form and conclude the process.


1. Make sure the Cuyamaca Library does not own the item in question by looking it up in the Cuyamaca OneSearch.


2. Locate title, author, publication year 


3. Enter your citation into the following form to order materials from other libraries around the country:  Interlibrary Loan Form

What is not available through Interlibrary Loan?
  • Most textbooks for current classes
  • Whole issues or volumes of journals
  • Maps and atlases
  • Software
  • Rare, fragile, and special collection books
  • Reference books
  • Videos and DVDs
  • Sound recordings 
How much does it cost?

The Cuyamaca Library does not charge a fee for Interlibrary Loan books, but occasionally some lenders do. In this rare event, you would be charged that lending fee when you checked out the item.

Periodical articles ordered through Interlibrary loan may cost 15 cents a page.

How long does it take to get an item?

Books from within the San Diego county area get here within one week. Books that are being borrowed from areas outside the county can take two weeks or more to get.


Periodical articles take a few days or less to get. 

May I renew Interlibrary Loan materials?

This will depend on the lending library. Some libraries allow renewals, and some do not. Please visit or contact the circulation desk to determine if your item can be renewed.

What are my responsibilities?

You are liable for lost or damaged material. In this event, the lending library will determine any pertinent fees.

Contact Circulation desk  or 
call  (619) 660-4416 and leave a message


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