Interlibrary Loan

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

Items available at the UCLA libraries cannot be requested through interlibrary loan. These include reference materials, microforms and items designated as non-circulating.

If an item is on course reserve, faculty and staff can submit an interlibrary loan request for another copy; requests from graduate students will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.


Items That May Be Difficult to Obtain

Entire journal volumes or issues are often not available for loan; as a substitute, photocopies of articles are supplied by interlibrary loan. A separate request must be submitted for each article.

Audiovisual materials are not usually available through interlibrary loan.

Items that owning libraries consider too old, brittle, or fragile or that are located in their special collections are not usually lent.