Interlibrary Loan

Want a book, article, video or CD that our library doesn’t have? Request an interlibrary loan! We share with libraries all over the world, so even if we don’t have an item you want, we can usually arrange to borrow it from another library. Ask the library staff member at the circulation desk for more information.

What Items Can I Request Through Interlibrary Loan?

You may request books, journal/magazine/newspaper articles, and audio-visual materials. There’s no guarantee that we can get everything you request, but we’ll certainly try. (To preserve our librarians’ sanity, please limit requests to a maximum of three per visit!)

How do I Place an Interlibrary Loan?

Forms are available at the library circulation desk, or you may email your request to  Please include your full name, phone number, and ID/account number (if possible), along with the following information:

BOOKS, CDs, DVDs:  Author, title, year of publication.

JOURNAL ARTICLES:  Journal title, article title and author, volume number, issue number, publication date and page numbers.

Are there Fees for Using Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary Loans are usually free of charge for current CCC students and library patron members. However, sometimes a fee is required to borrow the material. (The CCC Library loans materials to other libraries at no cost, but many libraries do not.) In the event that a fee is required to obtain your requested material, we will notify you to approve the charges before placing your request.

How Long Does It Take to Receive Borrowed Items?

That depends on which library lends it to us and the time it takes to ship. In most cases, books and audio-visual materials take about 5-10 business days. Journal/magazine articles can be sent electronically, so they are usually received within 2-5 days. We search the closest libraries first (i.e. libraries in Oregon and Washington), but if your item is not available in the Northwest we will search nationwide or even (in rare cases) internationally.

How Long May I Borrow the Item?

The loan period is determined by the lending library, not by CCC library. Loans can be anywhere from 2-8 weeks, depending on the lender’s policy. Overdue fines of $1 per day will be assessed to items returned after the due date.

What Happens If I Lose or Damage a Borrowed Item?

Patrons who lose or damage interlibrary loan materials will be charged according to the fees of the lending library.

What Items Do We Loan to Other Libraries?

We loan just about everything except items from special collections, such as graphic novels and course reserves.  We do limit requests to 3 containers or half a series of audio-visual materials, such as VHS, DVDs, audio books, etc.