How can I get books (and other items) that the library doesn't have?

You can use Interlibrary Loan, or ILL, to access items from libraries around the world that aren't available at the Cal Poly Humboldt Library. It usually only takes a few days and is completely free for students and employees. 

Visit our Interlibrary Loan page to learn more. 

Please email if you have any questions. 

Easy Requests Through OneSearch

When you are signed into OneSearch, you can request items that aren't in our collection by choosing the 'expand your search' option:

Screenshot of 'expand your search' options, located next to the search bar and at the top of the list of results.

Many items outside our library are discoverable through OneSearch and can be requested by clicking 'Get it for me from other libraries' beneath the title and author info:

Screenshot of the 'Get it for me' link that is listed along with other information about the item in the search results list.

From there, you can choose to either request a physical copy of the item (e.g. an entire book) or an electronic copy (e.g. a chapter from a book):

Screenshot of the options to 'get a physical copy' or 'need a chapter' when viewing the item details (located after the export links and item title information)

Requesting Beyond OneSearch

If you don't see the item(s) you are looking for within OneSearch, you will need to fill out the ILL request manually. This may require finding more information about the item you are looking for to ensure that we know exactly what you want. You can try searching Google Scholar, Open Library, or WorldCat to find details like authorship, publishing date, volume, issue, page numbers, and more.


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