Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a service provided to supply you with the books and articles not owned by the College or Seminary Libraries. This service is available only for current students, faculty and staff of SDC and SCS.

Book requests are usually received within 1-2 weeks. They are mailed through the U.S. mail system via library rate. It is important that the borrowed item is returned by the due date written on the ILL band attached to the book’s cover. If you need the book past the due date, contact the Systems Librarian about the possibility for renewal by calling (619) 201-8683 or by email. In the rare case that a library willing to loan the book for free cannot be found, you may be asked if you are willing to pay for the loan.

Article requests are usually received within 2-3 days. This is because they are typically sent to us electronically as a photocopy. You will not have to return a photocopied article. Because of the effort involved in locating and photocopying article requests, it is more common for libraries to charge. Please fill in the “willing to pay” field in the ILL form. If they charge, libraries typically set a $5-20 fee for photocopies.

You will be contacted by email or telephone when items are received.