Interlibrary Services (or ILS) is a service that borrows books and acquires copies of articles from journals that Meriam Library doesn't own.

Submit InterLibrary Loan Request

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. First check OneSearch, our online catalog, to see if the item you are looking for is available at Meriam Library.
  2. If your initial search does not locate the item you are looking for, try expanding the search scope by clicking the "expand your search" link at the top of the page. Clicking this link will broaden your search to include other CSU libraries and affiliated institutions.
  3. If you locate your item, click the "Get it from another library" link, and then the "GET IT" button on the following page. You'll be prompted to login using your CSU chico portal account. After logging in you may fill out and submit the request form.
  4. If you cannot locate your desired item via OneSearch, click the "Submit InterLibrary Loan Request" button above. From there you can manually create a request by filling out the online form.
  • You will be notified via your CSU Chico email when your item is available. Books are held at the Circulation Area, 1st floor. Articles are delivered electronically and can be accessed through your OneSearch account. Articles remain on the server for 30 days and then disappear. Print or save to your device.
  • You can check the status by logging into OneSearch and viewing your requests by clicking your account name in the top right corner.
  • If your request cannot be filled you will receive an explanation via your Chico State email.


  • Always check the Library Catalog, and/or Articles & Databases to verify whether we own the material before submitting requests.
  • Plan ahead! Identify and request the books and articles you need for your papers as soon as possible.
  • Do not guess. Ask a librarian for help if you are unable to identify a periodical abbreviation. If a full, correct title is not available, use the abbreviation exactly as given.
  • Give the most complete information you can for each item. Use the forms note box for additional information.
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Students (Undergraduates are limited to 5 requests per day)
  • Emeritus Faculty

Eligibility may require verification.

Not eligible: Alumni, courtesy card holders, special card holders and members of the general public are not eligible for Interlibrary Services. These users may apply for interlibrary services at the institutions with which they are affiliated or at their public library.

You can get:

  • Any books or journal articles that Meriam Library does not own.
  • Any books or journal articles that Meriam Library does own but which are checked out, missing, or at the bindery.
  • Videos, DVDs, compact discs, and cassettes for academic use. Availability is dependent on other libraries’ holdings and lending policies.

You cannot get:

  • Material that is on Reserve
  • Textbooks for current classes
  • Whole issues/volumes of journals
  • Maps and atlases
  • Software and CD-ROMs
  • Rare, fragile, and special collection books
  • Genealogy
  • Reference books

Contact Interlibrary Service at (530) 898-6881 for any special circumstances.

Books coming from other CSU’s will arrive within 2-3 business days.

Books coming from other lenders via USPS/UPS may take 1-2 weeks.

Articles may come within hours but usually not longer than a week.

Interlibrary Services is able to get 95% of requested material for free.

If material is not available for free, please indicate on the form if you are willing to pay a fixed fee. When there is a charge to acquire material, you pay $5 per article and $10 per book request, payable at the circulation counter.

Articles are delivered to your OneSearch account.

  1. Login to your OneSearch Account here.
  2. Select the Requests tab.

The article may be viewed, printed, and/or saved. All articles are automatically deleted in 30 days.

No, not normally. If the book is needed longer, return the book by its due date and place a new request a few days prior.

For exceptions, questions, or concerns contact Email InterLibrary Services.

The library is no longer using Illiad form for active/new requests, so please click above to put in a new request using the new form and process. Please note, if we exhaust all of the partners in the new system, we will transfer the request to Illiad to ensure all possible libraries have been contacted. You can check the link below for items that were transferred.

For questions about Illiad contact Email InterLibrary Services.

To login to Illiad, click here!

Physical Items:

  • Loan periods are set by the lender. If your item is borrowed from another CSU, the loan period begins the day you check it out and is due in 30 or 60 days.
  • Items from other libraries typically are three weeks + 1 day from the day you are sent notification of arrival.
  • All items are normally non-renewable.
  • The due date is on the front of the ILS strap. Please leave the strap on at all times.
  • Return material, with strap and paperwork, to any Meriam Library drop box.
  • Materials are subject to recall by the lending library. Patrons must return materials immediately when a recall notice is received from the Interlibrary Services office.
  • Failure to return material on time may result in suspension of ILS services or having future requests be limited to LIBRARY USE ONLY.
  • If material arrives and you have been notified before your last acceptable date, you are still responsible for all charges.
  • You are liable for any lost or damaged material. The lending library will determine the costs, fines and processing fees for which you are liable.
  • Failure to comply with these procedures may result in university services and library privileges being withheld.
  • Conditions for use are set by the lending institution and must be observed by the borrower. You will be notified of any conditions, given instructions, and they will be noted on the book band. These conditions may include: For Library Use Only, Photocopying Not Allowed, etc.


  • All fees are added to your library circulation account at the time the book or article is processed by Interlibrary Services.
  • Pay fees at the Circulation counter on the first floor.
  • Regardless of whether you claim your material, the fee is valid and permanent.
  • Unpaid fees will cause suspension of library check-out privileges and may result in the withholding of university services.

Important Copyright Information:


The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research". If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use", that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.