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Tips on doing research


If the Library doesn't have an item you want, no need to panic, we'll help you get it. That's what we do!

In reality, no library can collect every single book, article, or video, out there; there's simply way too much content. So we borrow. The Library uses three services to borrow items from (and lend to) other institutions: CSU+San Diego Circuit, and Interlibrary Loan (ILL).  

Request from CSU+

CSU+ borrows books and audiovisual material from across all 23 CSU campuses. If your item is unavailable at SDSU and you are signed in to OneSearch, you may notice a "Get a physical item" box with a blue Get It icon link in the record. Click the blue Get It button. Request a specific volume if applicable, set a Pickup location, and click the green Send arrow.

Try CSU+ first and if that is unsuccessful, then go to Circuit.

Request from Circuit

San Diego Circuit borrows books from local Universities and Public Libraries. Visit the Circuit website and search for your item then click Request. You will be prompted to login with your name and your RedID number. Choose a Pickup Location and click Submit to complete your order. 

Request from ILL

If you are looking for something other than a book or video, or a book that is unavailable through CSU+ or Circuit, go to the Interlibrary Loan(ILL) webpage to make your request. ILL borrows a broader range of materials including books, articles, book chapters, and proceedings from libraries all over the world, and the Library is able to fill around 90% of all requests. That's impressive! First time users must create an account. 

For more information about borrowing from other libraries check out the Interlibrary Loan FAQ's.