All About InterLibrary Loan (ILL)

Gracie McDonough

Did you know that you can get books and articles that CSN does not have access to? Through InterLibrary Loan (ILL), you can request books and articles from libraries like UNLV, the Library of Congress or even the National Library of Spain, all free of charge.

Requests for physical items like books or DVDs from libraries that are located close to CSN usually only take a few days to a week to arrive. Items from libraries that are farther away can take several weeks to arrive, so make sure to plan accordingly. An article is typically emailed to your CSN email within a couple of business days. When physical items arrive, you will get an email telling you that the item is ready for pick up at the campus library that you select when you place the request. The items can also be sent to your home with return packaging.

To submit your request for ILL, you will need to use our new user friendly portal called Tipasa, or go to the library website, click the dropdown menu for library services, and select InterLibrary Loan (the second choice down). You will need to log in using your CSN credentials to request the item. If you have questions about using ILL, you can ask a librarian using chat, or you can email Jessica Caseman, the head of the ILL department.