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Interlibrary Loan Services

Transferring Items between SDPL Locations

Cardholders may access library materials from all 36 library locations by placing a hold on the desired title. This free service sends library items to your preferred SDPL location in an easy and direct way. Learn more.

LINK+Logo for Link+: Green wording with blue plus sign

LINK+ is a union catalog of contributed holdings from participating public and academic libraries throughout California. San Diego Public Library cardholders can request book materials not currently in our catalog, free of charge. This is a great resource if you’re looking for popular materials not owned by SDPL.


Circuit logoThe San Diego Circuit is a lending consortium of public and academic libraries in the San Diego region. San Diego Public Library cardholders can request book materials not in our catalog, free of charge. This is a great resource if you’re looking for research materials not owned by SDPL.

Interlibrary Loan


Use Interlibrary Loan (ILL) to request items that are available neither from the San Diego Public Library, Link+, nor the Circuit.

When placing a request online, a non-refundable $5 fee will be added to your account for each interlibrary loan request. Additional charges may be required by the lending library and you will be asked on the request form to indicate and agree to a maximum charge. Charges are assessed for the request whether or not the item is picked up.

To make a request, find the item in the WorldCat catalog and select either...

  • Borrow this item from another library system (Interlibrary Loan), or
  • ILL graphic ILL

Please note:

  • You must have a San Diego Public Library card in good standing. A maximum of six requests per week may be submitted.
  • Expect items to arrive in two to four weeks for most requests.
  • Items borrowed through ILL must be picked up and returned to the same location. Please return the item directly to library staff.
  • Most items borrowed through ILL cannot be renewed.
  • Titles published within the past nine months are not available via ILL.
  • Most libraries will not lend reference material or particularly valuable or fragile material.
  • If you need to cancel a request, contact the Interlibrary Loan staff at (619) 238-6602 and we will attempt to do so. Fees will still apply if the item has already been sent from the lending library.

To request an article from a magazine, journal, or newspaper you will need a citation to when and where it appeared. Find the periodical title in WorldCat and place a request for the periodical, adding citation information for the specific article in the "Comments" field. The issue date and/or volume and issue numbers, page numbers, and article title are required. Libraries generally do not lend full periodical issues. Be sure to check the Magazines and Newspapers databases and the Gale Power Search for availability of the article in San Diego Public Library print and online resources.

Microfilm/fiche can be requested from other library systems but cannot be checked-out. It can be used at the Central Library only and is held at the Circulation desk on the first floor.

Additional information is available from the Interlibrary Loan staff at the Central Library by calling (619) 238-6602, or from your local branch library.

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