Borrow from Another Library

Student handing book over at Circulation Desk

Requesting Items From Another Library

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

  • Use LINK+ to request a book that is not in the library catalog or is checked out.
  • Use ILLiad to:
    • request print or electronic articles that are not available in the library
    • request books that are not available in the library catalog
    • request dissertations that are not available in the library or on ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global

Please see below for additional information about LINK+ and ILLiad. Additionally, we encourage you to make use of local public libraries, if these options are accessible to you:

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Phone: 310.338.7683

Visiting Other Libraries

LMU Graduate students who wish to borrow from a SCATLA library should fill out our online form. Once approved by LMU, the student will go to the school they want to borrow from.

Full Time LMU faculty members who want to borrow books from AJCU institutions need to request the AJCU Direct Reciprocal Library Borrower Form from Library Administration (located on library level 3).

Full Time LMU faculty who want to borrow at other SCELC libraries must take a completed Patron Registration Borrowing Application to the library from which they want to borrow. You may print out the online version of the Patron Registration Borrowing Application or an LMU circulation staff member can provide a copy at the Circulation Desk at Hannon Library. The Circulation Services Manager will sign the form, verifying that the faculty member is in good standing (no blocks), and fill in the "valid until" date (generally one year). Faculty requesting to borrow from multiple libraries will need to complete forms for each library. Borrowing privileges depend on the library from which they are borrowing.

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

    Status of LINK+ requests

    Review your library patron record to see the status of your requests. You will receive an email notice when your book arrives at the circulation desk.

    LINK+ Borrowing Policies

    • Eligible patrons can request up to 25 LINK+ books at a time.
    • The loan period for LINK+ books is 21 days with one 21-day renewal.
    • Overdue fines for LINK+ books accrue at $1 a day. The replacement fee for LINK+ books is $115.  
    • Books will be returned to the lending library after 10 days if not picked up.
    • Media items are not requestable in LINK+.
    • Electronic resources in the LINK+ catalog are only accessible to patrons of the owning library.
    • LINK+ requests are not transferable. For example: A research assistant cannot request a book using his library barcode and then check it out on a professor's library record.

    Additional LINK+ Services

    LINK+ Pick-up Anywhere

    Pick-up Anywhere allows LMU users to request LINK+ books to be picked up at a location other than the William H. Hannon Library. 

    LINK+ Visiting Patron

    Several LINK+ libraries allow LMU users to check out books directly from their stacks without prior arrangement. For more information, please go the LINK+ Visiting Patron Program page.
  • LMU students, faculty, and staff can use ILLiad to:

    • Request print or electronic articles that are not available in the library
    • Request books that are not available in the library catalog or LINK+
    • Request media item not available

    Need help with Illiad? See our Illiad FAQ.

    Status of ILLiad requests

    To check the status of your ILLiad request, log on to your ILLiad account. You will receive an email notice when your book arrives at the circulation desk or when documents are available for download. 

    ILLiad Borrowing Policies

    • The loan period for ILLiad books is set by the lending library. All renewals are subject to the lending library's policies.
    • Overdue fines and lost book fees are subject to the lending libraries policies.
    • ILLiad books not picked up by the due date will be returned to the lending library.
    • Microform and audiovisual materials, rare books, and current and bound journals are not usually available for borrowing.

    Copyright Restrictions

    The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or other reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This Institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgement, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of any applicable copyright law.

    Purchasing Media

    Please be aware that it is often difficult to obtain media items through Interlibrary Loan. You may suggest a media item be purchased for the library's collection using this form.
  • Flow chart: Check ProQuest Dissertations and Theses, Check Library Catalog (LINUS), Check Link+ Catalog, request through Illiad.

    Requesting Dissertations Not Available at LMU

    Request dissertations that are not available in the library or on Proquest Dissertations & Theses

    If a dissertation or thesis is not available in ProQuest...

    • The library may own a print version.
    • Print versions may also be available in LINK+.

    If you still cannot find the thesis...

    • Log in to ILLiad to request a copy through Interlibrary Loan.
    • Interlibrary loan articles are usually delivered by email in 3-5 weekdays.

    Please note: Dissertation Abstracts International is an abstracting service only. If you find a dissertation you would like to read, please follow the steps above to find or request the entire dissertation.