Interlibrary Loans

Purpose Through its interlibrary loan service the FC Library attempts to borrow materials from other libraries to enhance the academic research needs of Fullerton College students, faculty, and staff.  Academic research includes material needed to complete class assignments, to support curriculum, or meet campus needs. Items missing from the Library’s collection can also be obtained.  Due to limited staff, we are unable to request materials for recreational reading and other non-academic interests.

Eligibility/Limits Currently enrolled Fullerton College students, faculty, staff, and professors emeriti may use interlibrary loan with a limit of ten requests per academic year. Individuals who do not return interlibrary loan materials in a timely manner or abuse the system in place will have their privileges revoked.

Materials Offered Books, theses and dissertations, musical scores, and some materials reproduced in microform, such as newspapers, can be borrowed. Photocopies of non-circulating materials, primarily periodical articles, can be requested in accordance with the copyright law.

Materials Not Offered Unfortunately, we are unable to obtain the following materials: textbooks, books owned by this library and temporarily in use; periodical volumes; bulky or fragile items; DVDs and compact disks; reference books; eBooks; and rare or valuable materials.

Cost We attempt to borrow material for free.  Any costs charged by the lending library must be paid by the borrower. The borrower should indicate a maximum amount he/she is willing to pay on the Interlibrary Loan Request Form. The Library pays for postage and mailing insurance in most cases.

Process The borrower should fill out an ILL Request Form and be sure to indicate maximum cost and date needed. Print out the form, fill it out, and return it to the library to the attention of ILL through internal mail or email the attachment to both Susan Mullen at and Efrain Villanueva at For faster service, accurate and complete bibliographic citations must be supplied, along with the source of the information and full personal information.

Time Frame Typically, two to three weeks is needed to process requests. Libraries in the Cal West Consortium usually send the request within the week or fax materials, when appropriate, within 2 business days.

Notification When the material arrives and is processed, the requestor will be contacted by phone or email.  All materials may be picked up at the Circulation Desk.

Loan Periods The loan period and renewal options are determined by the lending library. The loan period is usually three weeks.  Photocopies may be kept by the requestor.  Some lending libraries may specify special conditions regarding the use of their materials, such as “No Renewals” or “In Library Use Only.”

Returning Materials All materials borrowed through Interlibrary Loan must be returned to the Library Circulation Desk. Late return of materials jeopardizes our ability to borrow from other libraries in the future. Please leave all book bands attached to the material.