Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service providing materials (books, articles, etc.) from other libraries to current CI faculty, staff, and students at no charge. It extends the reach of the John Spoor Broome Library collection to support research and professional development.

Books, journal articles, and other materials may be requested from participating libraries. Electronic articles, and electronic book chapters may be retained by requesting patrons.

Physical materials not returned by the date due on the item may result in fines or patron account blocks.

The ILL office is located in Broome Library, 1580.

NOTE: The Broome Library is currently closed to patron access. If you have questions, please email library.ill@csuci.edu.

Who is eligible to use Interlibrary Loan?

Currently registered students, and currently-employed faculty/emeritus faculty/staff/administrators are eligible to use the Interlibrary Loan service. John Spoor Broome Community Card holders are not eligible for this service. It is recommended that they use Interlibrary Loan through local public libraries.

What materials can be requested?

Physical items: Books (including print dissertations), CDs, DVDs, microformat documents (microcard, microfiche, microfilm, etc.) User must have access to the appropriate microformat reader(s).

Electronic items: Examples of materials include journal articles, and book chapters, where legally available. Note: Electronic materials purchased, or subscribed to, by other institutions may not be available through Interlibrary Loan.

What materials may not be requested?

While ILL strives to support research and professional development by current CI faculty, staff, and students, some requests cannot be reasonably accommodated. As such, requests for these items will be cancelled.

Interlibrary Loan does not accommodate the borrowing of:

  • Course texts; textbooks ILL staff cannot guarantee when books will arrive, and the loan period may not last for the entire semester. Many libraries do not purchase textbooks (or are unwilling to lend textbooks to other libraries); as a result, most ILL requests for textbooks must be canceled. If you need a textbook for a class, we do not recommend that you request this book through Interlibrary Loan. Please contact Course Reserves [course.reserves@csuci.edu] regarding physical copies of textbooks. Please check the LibGuide: Open Educational Resources [https://libguides.csuci.edu/oer] to see if a textbook, or required reading, is available through open access.
  • Electronic books may be subject to legal and technical restrictions that prevent the ILL department obtaining and sharing them.
  • VHS tapes, audiocassette tapes and older physical formats will not be accepted. These materials are fragile, and the Library has no equipment to support their use.

Note for faculty: Interlibrary Loan items may not be requested in order to put them on Print Reserves, or have them be used on long-term basis. Lending libraries assign the dates that physical materials are due.

How to request materials


To request copies of articles found in the Broome Library Databases which are not available in full-text, use the JSBLink. If no JSBLink is available, request the article(s) through ILLiad. For faster service, please provide complete citation. For assistance with providing complete citations, please use one of the following services:

  • Email reference.librarian@csuci.edu
  • Ask Us

Physical Books/Materials

There are two ways to initiate an ILL request:

  • CSU+: May be used to borrow physical materials from other CSU libraries. This is done by searching the through the Broome Library catalog
  • ILLiad: May be used for all materials whether from CSU libraries or other libraries. If the requested materials are electronic articles, or book chapters, they may be retained by the requesting patrons. Loans of physical materials must be returned by the date due on the item. First-time users will be directed to a registration form after clicking any of the above links. To avoid delays, please fill in all required fields, denoted with a red asterisk (*).

Checking the status of an Interlibrary Loan Request

  • CSU+: Withing Broome Library catalog, log in to your library account.

Library home page >> For advanced search, try the Library Catalog (under large search box) >> to your library account (top, right of page).

  • ILLiad: Log in to Interlibrary Loan web page. Click relevant link in View menu in left panel.

Login into myCI >> Library Resources & Services >> Interlibrary Loan >> Click ILLiad link >> left panel has the options mentioned above.

Loan Periods for CSU+ and ILLiad Physical Books/Materials

Items borrowed through CSU+ are added to your Library patron account with a 60-day loan period.

For the Academic Year 2020-2021, the loan period for CSU+ books is temporarily set to 16 weeks. Once quarantine

Dates for ILLiad materials are clearly marked on the materials. Broome Library has no control over the due dates established by the lending library.

How long does it take for materials to arrive?

CSU+ materials usually arrive 3-5 business days (Monday-Friday) from the date of request. However, Delivery times will probably be much longer due to COVID-19 quarantine procedures for physical items. Items shipped to patrons will add further delay.

ILLiad materials from non-CSU libraries may take 7-14 business days to arrive from the date of request. Delivery times will be extended due to COVID-19 quarantine procedures for physical items. Items shipped to patrons will add further delay.

Getting Your Materials

Electronic journal articles will be sent to the email listed in your ILLiad registration. You will receive notification by email. Please check the Junk Folder for this in case this notification is placed there.

Physical items mays be picked up at the Hold Shelf in Circulation*. You will be notified by email when physical books/materials are available for pick up. CSU+ materials must be checked out with your CI Dolphin ID. You will need your CI Dolphin ID to pick up ILLiad materials.

However, to accommodate COVID-19 guidelines for handling physical materials, there will be no hold shelf pickup. Instead, there will be a Locker pickup process (you will be sent a code), or a Mail to Home process.

Returning Your Materials

You can return your materials using on the options listed below:

  • Return to Circulation Desk inside Broome Library during open hours
  • Return in outside book drops, any time.
  • Mail to Broome Library:

Interlibrary Loan Returns
Broome Library
CSU Channel Islands
Camarillo, CA 93012

NOTE: Please ship ILLiad items to the above address or use the Broome Library books drops during the COVID-19 shutdown. CSU+ returns are allowed at any CSU library that is accepting physical returns.

Limitations Placed by Lending Libraries

The Broome Library ILL service complies with the American Library Association (ALA) Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States guidelines, as well as any requirements and guidelines in state and regional policies. For example, a lending library may impose “Library use only” restrictions. Such restrictions extend to our patrons.

Overdue materials

All CSU+/ILLiad items are loaned to us by other libraries as a public service. Keeping these items beyond the due date can reduce the likelihood that the lending library will loan materials to CSUCI in the future. Fines and fees for overdue items, damaged items, or lost items may be assessed by the lending library and Broome library. If these are not paid, blocks may be put on your future library borrowing, future class registration, and future graduation/transcripts. Students with overdue materials may be contacted either via automated email, or by the Interlibrary Loan Supervisor via email, phone, and/or US Mail. Faculty/Staff with overdue materials may be contacted either via automated email, or by the librarian in charge of interlibrary loan.

More Info

Contact the Interlibrary Loan Department through email: library.ill@csuci.edu. Please include a transaction number, if there is one, so we can respond quickly and accurately to your question. If you don’t have a transaction number, please email your question. This email address is monitored Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

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