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Accessing materials we don't own (Interlibrary loan): Home

A guide for finding, accessing and borrowing materials - including books, articles and more - that Occidental College does not have in its collection.


Oxy students, faculty, and staff can request to borrow items from another library if those items that are not available in the library catalog or are currently checked out.

To request books that are checked out or not owned by Oxy in the library's online catalog (OneSearch), make sure you sign in first to use the Request feature in the item record. 

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Request places a hold on Oxy's copy of the book. You will receive a notice when it is ready for pickup.

Order from Link+ Oxy students, faculty and staff can easily borrow books and media from over 60 different public and academic libraries. With Link+, Oxy users can borrow these materials for 21 days (with an optional renewal period) within 3 - 4 days of requesting. To order books and media through Link+ directly, visit

Request from ILLiad opens up interlibrary loan to libraries not only throughout America, but all across the globe. While the number of libraries (and thus materials) is far greater than Link, it does take longer to receive the items, usually within 7 - 10 days of requesting depending on a number of variables. Due dates for these materials depend on the lending library and can range from two weeks to four months. To order books and other materials through ILLiad directly, visit

NOTE:  If you don't find the item in OneSearch, go directly to Link+ or ILLiad to place a request.


For questions, please contact Resource Sharing--
Phone: 323-259-2814


When an article isn't immediately available, you may request it through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

ILL is a service whereby a user of one library can receive copies of articles (or borrow books) that are owned or subscribed to by another library.

Our ILL portal is called ILLiad. ILLiad can be accessed directly from the article's record in OneSearch. To request articles in OneSearch, make sure you sign in first to use the How to Get It feature in the article's record.  

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When searching in databases such as JSTOR or Academic Search Elite, if an article is unavailable there is usually a link (e.g. "Get Full Text") that takes the user from the database to OneSearch. If that is not the case, you can go directly to ILLiad to request the article. 

Article requests usually take 12 - 48 hours to fulfill, but can sometimes take longer.

Other (e.g. movies)

Materials besides books and articles (e.g. films) can be more difficult to borrow through interlibrary, but we can always try.

The best place to start is Link+. If that doesn't work, use ILLiad to place an interlibrary loan request. The more information you have about the item, the easier it will be to find a potential lender.