Interlibrary Loan

Please use the form below to request articles and book chapters not owned by the GTU library and they will be emailed to you. Books requests will need to be picked up at the library. Normally we don't use ILL for items owned by the GTU, however for books temporarily unavailable due to the digitization project ,please use this form. We are happy to get materials from other libraries for you.

Local patrons have access to the 11 million items at UC-Berkeley. If you are near Berkeley, you can visit their library to check out materials and use their computers to download articles and read ebooks. If an item is available at UC-Berkeley, please visit their library rather than requesting ILL services, as they don't deliver books to us. Chat a librarian if you have questions about UC-Berkeley collections, we can help you find items.

Patrons at a distance: Please use this form to request articles. For books, chat us and we can help you find a local library near you to checkout books. We have many reciprocal borrowing programs in the United States and Canada, or a local public library might be able request the book via their ILL services.

For questions about your ILL requests please contact:  For general questions about finding materials contact: or chat us from this page.

Interlibrary Loan Requests

Please use this form to obtain items not available at the GTU library, SFTS library. If you aren't sure if an item is owned locally, please ask one of the reference librarians, we are happy to help. 

For more information, please read the FAQ's at the bottom of this page. 

All Interlibrary loans are subject to compliance with Title 17 Copyright Law
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. 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 other 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.

Interlibrary Loan requests

Interlibrary Loan Form

This service is available to GTU students, faculty, staff, and visiting scholars. Please fill out the form below for items not owned by the GTU libraries.

Questions? Email or use the Ask-a-Librarian chat available from this page. Chat us from 9am-4pm on weekdays. 

Interlibrary Loan FAQ

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a network of various libraries and institutions in North America that agree to loan items to one another. If the GTU Library does not have a book or periodical that you are seeking, we will ask others on the network to send a copy to us so that we may in turn loan it to you. You will be notified via e-mail when your material arrives. Materials can be picked up from the Circulation desk during open hours

ILL is available to current GTU students and faculty who are in good standing with the library for free. If you are not a GTU student or faculty member, please contact your local public library.

GTU does not fill requests for materials that are owned by GTU or UC Berkeley libraries. Please check GRACE and OskiCat prior to submitting your request. At this time we are unable to borrow international materials. All materials are loaned at the discretion of the owning institution; some materials may not be eligible for loan. For un-loanable materials, consider completing a purchase request form.

You may make requests in person or online by providing some information about the item you are looking for.

You have several options:

  • Fill out the form on this page and submit it online.
  • Print out an ILL request form and return it to either the SFTS or GTU library.
  • Pick up a form from the circulation or reference desks.
  • Request directly from a WorldCat listing.

If you are far from the Bay Area, you should check with your local public or university library to see if they can provide ILL services to you for books. We can mail our books to the library closest to you, but the request needs to come from the local library directly. 

You can request ILL articles not owned by the GTU library via this form and we will email those to you. If there is an article or book chapter and we only have it in print, use this form to request it, and in the notes field, tell us that you are a distance student. We can send a scan from our collection to you if you are outside of the 9-county Bay Area.

Worldcat refers to a combined catalog of library catalogs, (you guessed it) from around the world. The items in this catalog have a unique number (the OCLC number) named for the global library cooperative that hosts the catalog. You don't need to worry about all the details, but if you use to find books, you can include that number in your ILL request. It's totally optional, but then our staff will be able to place an order for exactly the item you want.

If you are in, the number can be found in the item record near the bottom of the page, below the list of libraries owning the item.

You may have as many as 5 (five) active ILL items to your library account at one time.

Faculty and PhD students-in-dissertation: you can have 10 at a time. 

Network members typically ship materials through the United States Postal Service. Depending on processing and shipping times, materials can take as long as three weeks to arrive.

Materials check out for two weeks. Some items may be renewed once for an additional two weeks with the consent of the lending library. Renewal requests must be made on or before the due date. Only Interlibrary Loan staff can assist with renewal requests. Contact the Interlibrary Loan office at to request a renewal. Items that are non renewable will be noted on the information band. Overdue items are not eligible for renewal and must be returned promptly. If you lose an interlibrary loan item, you will be charged the replacement cost as defined by the lending institution’s policy.

The best way is by emailing

The Interlibrary Loan department is a sub section of the Circulation department. For inquires please call, email, or visit the Circulation desk in the GTU library at
2400 Ridge Road
Berkeley California 94709     


If you think the GTU library should own the book, you can request it via our Suggest a Purchase form. Just indicate if you would like to be notified when it arrives, and we would be happy to buy it. 

Yes! The fastest way to get help is to chat a librarian from this website on 9am - 4pm (pacific time) on weekdays. We can help you find the items, even if they aren't owned by the GTU library. You can also email us at, or set up a zoom appointment with us. We do have some in-person hours, but check the reference desk page before coming in.

Prefer handing in a paper ILL request? Try the printable ILL Request Form