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Interlibrary Services/Interlibrary Loan:
Lending Policy for Other Libraries

Contact Information

The San Francisco State University (SF State) Library shares its collections with other libraries via our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Lending Unit. SF State ILL does NOT accept requests from individual researchers. If you are not an ILL staff member at another library, please request our collection items by using your library's ILL service.

Phone: 415-338-1727
Fax: 415-338-6199

Submitting a Request

You may submit requests by the following methods:

OCLC: Send the request to CSF through OCLC
Non-OCLC requests: Please email, fax or mail request to us
ILLiad: Send e-mail to to set up an account
Fax: (415) 338-6199
E-mail: E-mail complete information to
Mail: Interlibrary Services
J. Paul Leonard Library
San Francisco State University
1630 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132

We do NOT accept requests over the telephone.


Checkout period: 4 weeks
Renewals: 2 weeks
Shipping Method: UPS or US Mail or Air Mail
Rush Delivery: Fed Ex with borrowers account number

Restrictions: 50 pages or less per request
Delivery: Fax; Mail; Ariel; Odyssey

Turnaround Time
While turnaround time varies, we strive to ship copies or loans within 24 hours.


Type of Library Loans Copies Special Handing / Rush
CA Public & School Libraries Free Free NA
Reciprocal Libraries Free Free 10 IFM or $10.00
Other US libraries 15 IFM or $15.00 10 IFM or $10.00 20 IFM or $20.00
International Libraries 20 IFM, $20.00 or 3 IFLA vouchers 10 IFM, $10.00 or 2 IFLA vouchers (sent via Ariel) 30 IFM, $30.00 or 4 IFLA Vouchers

Payment Methods
IFM (preferred)
IFLA Vouchers

Material Available for Loan

  • Books in the Main Collection
  • Dissertations and Masters Theses
  • Government Publications
  • Music Scores in the Main Collection
  • Some items in the Map and Atlas Collection

Material NOT Available for Loan

  • Audio and Video Recordings in all formats
  • Computer Software (CDs)
  • E-books and E-journals
  • Microforms (microfiche and microfilm)
  • Periodicals (current or bound)
  • Special Collections: de Bellis Collection, Special Collections/Archives, Labor Archives and Research Center

Returning Loaned Items

Please return our item(s) in Jiffy Bags (or, for oversize items and multiple items, in a box) via UPS, Fed Ex, air mail or US Mail. Please do not use library rate to return our materials.

Hours & Calendar

SF State DDS/ILL is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Pacific Time Zone.

The department suspends services between December 15 and January 1 during the University's holiday closure.

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