Get it if We Don’t Have It

Get a book

Library Catalog

  • Start with the library catalog to see if the library owns it. (Note: when looking up materials in the library catalog, make sure that your spelling is correct if you are searching by Author, Title, Keyword, Subject or Call Number).


  • If the results page says, in LARGE RED LETTERS, No matches found‚ click on the button that says REPEAT SEARCH in LINK +. This will search the catalogs of 50 libraries in California and Nevada.
  • If any LINK+ libraries have a copy of the item, you will see a page listing those libraries that own the item.
  • If an item is available, click on the link that says ‚REQUEST ITEM. You will then be required to identify yourself as a CSUEB patron, and enter your name and NETID.
  • Choose where you would like to pick up the item, either at the Hayward Campus Circulation Desk or the Concord Campus Circulation Desk. When the item is ready for pick up, you will receive an email notice.
  • NOTE: Not all items in one of these lists may be available. Some may be part of non-circulating collections (i.e. reference, or special collections). If it is a case that all copies of the item are either non-circulating or checked out, LINK + will not allow you to request the item. In this case, you will need to wait until one is returned and then request the item.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

  • If the item is not in LINK + then you can request the title via InterLibrary Loan (ILL).
  • Log on and fill out the request form. To make sure that you get the requested item as quickly as possible, give as much of the publication information as possible including: Author, Title, Publisher, Date and Place of Publication.

Search for the book in Bay Area libraries here.

Get the full-text of a scholarly journal article

While searching in one of the Libraries’ databases, click on Check SFX for more information or FindText or SFX.

A new window will open, there are three possibilities:

  • Full text online Yay! Click on this link to access full-text.
  • Check for location of CSUEB print copy Click on this to find out if the library owns a PRINT copy of the journal article. Look for the CALL NO., write down the article information (journal title, author, year, volume, pages) and head to the second floor of the library, the PERIODICALS section.
  • Request it through Cal State East Bay Interlibrary Loan (see above). Click on this to request the article from another library. Cost: Free Article arrives: 2 days – 2 weeks