Interlibrary Loan

Who Can Borrow

Any library may borrow circulating materials by following the guidelines given below.

Information Needed For Requests

Please supply the California State Library with the date of your request; your deadline (if any) to receive the material; where the requested item(s) have been verified; the address to send the requested material (including the street address if the item is to be sent UPS); bibliographic data including author, title, date of publication, edition (if important), series and or report number (if any) for books and reports and title, volume number, issue number, issue date, author and title of article and page numbers for periodicals; an indication of whether the State Library should place a reserve on the material if it is currently out in circulation and any other special information. For photocopy requests, please indicate how the request complies with the copyright law or guidelines.

What Is Available To Loan Or Copy

With some exceptions you may borrow circulating books, government publications, law library materials and microforms for your patrons. Rare books, the latest editions of reference books, maps, only copies of California state publications, legal reporters and looseleaf services, out-of-state codes, bound and paper issues of newspapers and all special collections materials such as manuscripts, photographs, and ephemera do not circulate. Please check with the California State Library for clarification of the circulating status of specific items of interest to your patrons.

Depending on the physical condition of the item, we will copy a limited number of pages from most non-circulating material.

Loan Periods

Books and government publications circulate for 5 weeks; periodicals and newspapers on microfilm generally circulate for 3 weeks; special collections of books in languages other than English circulate for 3 months.

Renewals

You may renew circulating material by contacting the appropriate library section unless another user has placed a reserve on the item. Renewal requests may be made by mail, telephone, fax or Internet. Please request a renewal before material is due to be returned.

Where To Send Requests and Renewals

Californiana, genealogy
for California families

California State Library
Attn: California History Room
P.O. Box 942837
Sacramento, CA 94237-0001
cslcal@library.ca.gov
Fax: 916-654-8777
Phone: 916-654-0176

Federal, state, and local documents
Same as above, except
Attn: Government Publications Section
cslgps@library.ca.gov
Fax: 916-376-5310
Phone: 916-654-0261

Legal materials
Same as above, except
Attn: Witkin State Law Library of California
csllaw@library.ca.gov
Fax: 916-654-2039
Phone: 916-654-0185

Genealogy (except for California)
Sutro Library
1630 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco 94132
sutro@library.ca.gov
Fax: 415-469-6172
Phone: 415-469-6100

All other (and when in doubt)
California State Library
Information Services Section
P.O. Box 942837
Sacramento, CA 94237-0001
cslinfo@library.ca.gov
Fax: 916-376-5310
Phone: 916-654-0261

Returning Material

Materials borrowed on interlibrary loan from the California State Library in Sacramento should be returned to:

California State Library
Interlibrary Loan
P. O. Box 942837
Sacramento, CA 94237-0001

UPS or other delivery service:

California State Library
Interlibrary Loan
900 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

All materials borrowed from the Sutro Library should be returned to:

Sutro Library
1630 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco 94132

Lost or Damaged Materials

Borrowers not returning items are liable for three times the value of each item. (Ed. Code 19331-19334)