College of the Siskiyous

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Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

What is Interlibrary Loan?

If the COS Library does not have the book, article, or other material in our collection we can try to borrow it from another library. Libraries call this borrowing service Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

What can I borrow?

The Library is happy to try to borrow any "traditional" materials you might need such as:

  • Books
  • Articles from newspapers/journals/magazines
  • DVDs
  • Audiobooks on CD/cassette
  • Music CDs and cassettes

We probably cannot borrow e-audio (music or books), LPs, rare books, or ebooks (although we can sometimes obtain copies of individual ebook chapters). We do not accept requests for textbooks or for items already in our collection.

The COS Library catalog offers a great way for you to search the database of "traditional" items potentially available through ILL.

  • Go to the Library's home page.
  • Type in your search (our Research Help page has catalog search tips).
  • From the results list, look for the Library limiter in the left sidebar; check the box next to Libraries Worldwide (instead of "College of the Siskiyous Library")
  • You tell if the COS Library has an item from the results list because it will say "held by College of the Siskiyous Library" (online items will have a "View" button instead). You can also click on the title and look in the "Check Availability" section to see if the COS Library has it on the shelf or online (our Library Catalog Basics video will give you a demo).
  • If we don’t have it, ask us about ILL.

Library staff is always happy to help you find the materials you need so don't hesitate to ask!

How do I submit an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request?

To submit an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request, please contact the Library in person, by phone at (530) 938-5331, or by email ( We do not have an online form at this time.

You library account must be in good standing (no overdue items or fines) before we will process your request.

How many things can I borrow?

Student may request up to three interlibrary loan items per semester. This includes both borrowed items (such as books) and copies of items (usually articles).

  • Books and other items that will be mailed to us can be requested up until 3 weeks before the end of the semester.
  • Articles maybe requested up until 2 weeks before the end of the semester.

Faculty and staff may make up to five requests per semester at any time.

How long will it take for my item to come in?

Typically, it takes about 2-3 weeks for materials to arrive via mail (books, audiobooks, DVDs, etc.). Items that we can receive electronically, such as articles, usually arrive more quickly.

How long do I get borrow the item?

Usually you can have the item for 1-3 weeks. The due date is determined by the library that sent us the materials.

It is very important that materials borrowed through ILL be returned by the stated due date. By turning materials in late you jeopardize our borrowing relationships with other libraries. You also will be responsible for any overdue fines the lending library may charge us.

If you would like to renew an item, you need to contact us at least two days before the due date. Renewals are at the discretion of the lending library and are not guaranteed.

How much will it cost?

Hopefully nothing! The Library will make every effort to borrow items for free. If the only way we can borrow an item is for a charge, we will contact you to see you are willing to pay the fees. We will not proceed with the request until we have contacted you and you have agreed to pay the fees.

If an item is damaged or lost while checked out to you, you are responsible for paying any fees the lending library may charge us. You will also be responsible for any overdue fines the lending library may charge us if you turn in your materials late.