Interlibrary Borrowing of Materials
For State Business

State Library

Who Can Use

State employees and members and staff of the State Legislature may request materials from other libraries which are not available in the California State Library collections. To place a request, please call or email the Information Services Section at (916) 654-0261; email:

What Will Other Libraries Loan

Other libraries will generally loan material that they circulate to their own borrowers. Often excluded are: textbooks, reference books, course reserve books, rare books, recently-published books, microfilm, dissertations, technical reports and audiovisual material. Libraries usually send a photocopy of a journal article rather than loan a journal.

How Long Will It Take

The interlibrary borrowing process may take as short as a few days or as long as several weeks. Please allow ample time.

Information Needed

Please supply the California State Library with your deadline (if any) for receiving the material; bibliographic data including author, title, date of publication, edition (if important), series and or report number (if any) for books and reports; and journal title, volume number, issue number, issue date, author, article title and page numbers for journal articles.

Pickup and Return

You will be notified by telephone when your request has arrived. Please return borrowed material to the California State Library by the State Library's due date to allow time for return mailing of the material to the lending library.