Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery (IDD): Requesting Textbooks

A Guide to all IDD Services

Can I order textbooks through ILL?

Course-required textbooks are not available through interlibrary loan as they are usually in use at other locations or not owned at all by other institutions.  In fact, if a textbook is owned by another library, they often have very short loan periods with no renewals or do not circulate at all through interlibrary loan.

Because textbooks are in high demand, the few that we are able to obtain will more than likely be recalled by the owning library and the request process will have to start all over again, delaying access to required readings.

Given these facts, we strongly urge you to obtain your textbooks through the USC Bookstore or other outlet so as not to delay or hinder coursework.  Please note that required course textbook requests will be canceled. 

If a required textbook is not available, please contact your instructor or USC Bookstore.

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