Interlibrary Loan

If the Cuyamaca College Library does not provide access to an article, book, or book chapter you need, we can get it from a partner library. Learn more below.

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What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary loan is a national lending system through which library users may borrow books, book chapters, and articles from other libraries in the United States.

How do I order materials through Interlibrary Loan?

To request a resource, you can

  • Fill out the Interlibrary Loan Request above.
  • Click on the "Request this item through interlibrary loan" link for the resource through Cuyamaca OneSearch
What is not available through Interlibrary Loan?
  • Most textbooks for current classes
  • eBooks
  • Whole issues or volumes of journals
  • Maps and atlases
  • Software
  • Rare, fragile, and special collection books
  • Videos and DVDs
  • Sound recordings 
How much does it cost?

The Cuyamaca Library does not charge a fee for Interlibrary Loan services, but occasionally some lenders do. In this rare event, we will notify you and confirm whether you will accept the charge.

How long does it take to get an item?

Books may take up to 1-2 weeks due to mail delivery.


Turnaround time for book chapters and articles is usually within 3 business days.

May I renew Interlibrary Loan materials?

Some lending libraries allow renewals for books, while some do not. Please visit or contact the circulation desk to determine if your item can be renewed.


Contact Circulation Desk by email ( or 
call (619) 660-4416.

What are my responsibilities?

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