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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.

LINK+ is the fastest way to request a book that is not in the library catalog or is checked out.

When items are not available through Link+, try Camino. This is a similar service that draws from a different consortium of libraries. 

If you are not able to find your book through Link+ or Camino, use ILLiad to place an interlibrary loan request. 

Link+ and Camino orders usually take 2 - 4 days to arrive at Oxy. Interlibrary loan requests can take longer but usually arrive within 7 - 10 days.


When searching for an article and it isn't available at Oxy, 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 or from the 360 Link to Full Text button found within database citations. 

Use the  button in the article citation to check article access. When it is not available, click on Interlibrary Loan Request to make your request.

Article requests usually take 24-48 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.

As with books, Link+ is the best place to start. If you are unable to find the item there, 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.


For questions, please contact Resource Sharing:

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Phone: 323-259-2628