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Online Students' Guide

Services and resources for students and faculty in distance programs or distance courses.

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How do I access an ebook?

  • Although OneSearch provides the option to also search the San Jose Public Library collection and the combined catalogs of all 23 California State University libraries, you will only have access to ebooks owned by SJSU.  If there is an ebook you want and can't access, you can request a print copy of the title through Interlibrary Loan. 

Get Print Materials

Online students can use Interlibrary Loan to get books, articles (print and electronic), and microfiche sent to them from the King Library collection and libraries around the world. Here's some information on Interlibrary Loan:

First Time Users

First time users need to set up an account for Interlibrary Loan. You'll need an SJSU ID number to do this. Indicate your status as a Distance Student on this form to assure the correct borrowing privileges for your account - like getting King Library materials mailed to you.

Request an Item through Interlibrary Loan

Request articles through the Find It link in the databases or directly from the Interlibrary Loan website. Distance students may request books through Interlibrary Loan and have them delivered to their home, free of charge.  You pay the expense of mailing them back to the Library.  Using the U.S. Postal Service's Media Mail rate is usually the most affordable option for doing this.

Return an Item to Interlibrary Loan

Items can be returned to Interlibrary Loan using the postal service's Media Mail rate. Mail to:

Attn: Interlibrary Loan, King Library, San Jose State University, 129 S. 10th Street, San Jose, CA 95192-0028


View Your Account/Check Status of Requested Items

If you have an issue with your Interlibrary Loan request, please contact Danny Soares at Danny.Soares@sjsu.edu. Identify yourself as a distance student in your email.


Interlibrary Loan Borrowing Guidelines

Request Limits: There are no request limits. However, Interlibrary Loan staff reserves the right to limit how many requests are processed per day per user during busy periods.

Cost: Most requests are free, although you will be responsible for the cost of returning the item to the library. Some lending libraries do charge fees to lend their items. If borrowing from such a library is the only option available, we will contact you in advance to confirm whether or not you are willing to pay the fee.

How long it takes: In most cases, material is received in 7 to 10 days. Some requests can take longer, and others are here in 2 or 3 days. Delivery time depends on many factors, but the main variables are where the material is located and how quickly that library or supplier responds to requests. Interlibrary Loan staff assumes that you need the material as soon as possible and makes every effort to get the material to you in the shortest time possible. There is no guarantee that the requested material will be located, and we cannot accept requests with a deadline.

Loan Period: The loan period is set by the lending library, averaging around 3 weeks. There is no grace period on due dates. You must also abide by any additional lending restrictions placed on the use of their material (such as "In-library use only"). Photocopies of articles are yours to keep.

Renewals: Renewals can sometimes be arranged, and may be requested online through ILLiad.

Late Fees: $1 per day/per item. You will also be charged for any lost or damaged materials. Libraries may refuse to lend to us in the future if their materials are late or damaged.