General Information and Eligibility
The service is free to eligible borrowers:
- UC faculty members, including emeriti
- UC academic library card holders
- UC students
- UC staff library card holders
UCLA Extension students and faculty, alumni, holders of courtesy, access, and fee cards, and members of the general public are not eligible. These users should request interlibrary loans through their local public libraries.
The interlibrary loan service enables UC students, faculty, and staff to borrow materials not available at UCLA libraries from other libraries, both in this country and abroad.
To request an item directly from the UC-wide Melvyl Catalog or a database
- Melvyl: and choose your home campus, search the catalog, then use the service
Article Indexes and Database: Under the Database section, search the index or database, then use
Note: Users can check the status of a request, cancel, and renew by logging in to My ILL Requests
What Items Can Be Requested
Items not owned by UCLA libraries.
Items that are checked out of UCLA libraries, excluding materials on reserve for a course.
Items missing from UCLA libraries. Before requesting an interlibrary loan for a missing item, check the UCLA Library Catalog to see if another UCLA library has a copy; if not, request a formal search for the item at the owning library's circulation desk or online. At least one unsuccessful search must be completed before an interlibrary loan request will be accepted. If there is no other UCLA copy or if a search has already been conducted or the item has been declared missing, an interlibrary loan request can be submitted immediately.
Items at UCLA libraries that can no longer circulate because of their fragile condition.
Items That Cannot Be Requested
- Reference materials
- Course reserves
- Non-circulating items (i.e. Special Collections)
Items That May Be Difficult to Obtain
- Entire journal volumes or issues
- Titles only owned at foreign institutions
- E-Pub/Articles ahead of print