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Borrowing Materials

Library Cards

Your Southwestern College student or staff photo ID card serves as your library card. Photo ID cards are issued at the Student Center on the main campus. Remember to bring your photo ID card with you whenever you visit the library. Temporary student ID cards will not be accepted after the Student Center begins issuance of photo ID cards.

Students are financially responsible for all library materials charged on their ID cards. The Photo ID card is needed to borrow all circulating library materials, periodicals, multimedia and newspapers .

If you are a community member, you are welcome to apply for a Community Borrowers card. Community Borrowers must be 18 years of age, a San Diego County resident and can borrow a limited number of materials from the library. To apply for a Community Borrowers card you will need to provide proof of your current address and identification.

As a Community Borrower you may use the library catalog, information databases and equipment such as photocopiers and microform reader-printers.

Loan Periods



Stacks Book Collection

28 days

Periodicals & Newspapers

Library use only

Reference Books

Library use only

Reserve Desk

As specified by Professor


Library use only


7 days

Library patrons with overdue materials may not borrow additional materials for use outside the library, and may only check out materials for in-library use with the approval of a full-time member of the circulation staff


Books may be renewed if no one else has requested them. Please bring materials and your Southwestern College ID Card or other ID to the Library Circulation Desk.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service by which Southwestern College students, staff, and faculty can obtain materials not available in Southwestern College holdings. The service is limited to current Southwestern College students, faculty, and staff.
Please allow a minimum of 14 days for your request to be completed.

Book Request ILL Form
Periodical Request ILL Form

Please do not request books and periodicals we have in our current library collection, or books that have been published within the past year, these are violations of existing agreements.

There is no charge for ILL if your request is directly related to academic research. However, any fines for overdue or lost items will be the responsibility of the borrower.  

For more information, contact the ILL Librarian (619-482-6346) or the Reference Desk (421-6700 ext. 5381).

Course Reserves

Faculty members often make special assignments for their students to use specific library books and/or other materials. Reserve materials may include supplemental class readings, photocopied articles or videos and audio files. Reserve materials are located on the second floor of the library at the Reserve Desk Counter and can be checked-out for a limited period.

Find reserve material via the Library's Online Catalog:
(your search results will open in a new window):

After locating your reserve material, write down the call number and take it to the Reserve Desk Counter. Students must have a valid photo ID card in order to check out reserve books or materials.

For additional help or questions contact the Reference Desk

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