Frequently Asked Questions

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan is a free service available to current Long Beach City College students, faculty, and staff. If the book or article you need for your academic research is not held in the Long Beach City College Library, Interlibrary Loan (ILL) can try to obtain it for you from other libraries, both in this country and abroad. In order to use interlibrary loan, use our catalog, WorldCat, and follow this procedure.

Interlibrary Loan Procedures

Please note that the following materials are not available through ILL:

Required textbooks, recreational reading, recently published books, computer software, rare books/original manuscripts/special collections, entire volumes or issues of periodicals, and some dissertations and theses.

How long does it take to receive requested ILL materials?

Most requested items arrive in 7-14 working days. Requests made during peak periods may take longer, up to six weeks, especially if the materials are only available from out-of-state libraries. The average loan period for a book borrowed from another library is 3 weeks (21 days). Photocopies of articles are yours to keep.

Before placing an interlibrary loan (ILL) request

If you need a book that is not in our Long Beach City College collection, we recommend that you next try searching the catalogs of California State University Long Beach and Long Beach Public Library to see if you can borrow the book directly from one of those libraries before initiating an interlibrary loan request. If the book you need is available through one of these libraries, we encourage you to visit the local library for the material instead of placing an interlibrary loan request.

Placing an interlibrary loan (ILL) request

You must have a valid Long Beach City College identification card before you can request interlibrary loan materials, both in person and electronically.

Please check the holdings of the Long Beach City College Library to see if we have the item before submitting your request: