Under the “one University one Library” policy, the University of California special collections departments participate in a program to lend special collections materials between the UC special collections departments. Requests are made via the interlibrary loan request system. Materials loaned (generally, non-manuscript materials in the form of books, pamphlets, serials, and microform) are carefully considered through a curatorial review process by the head of special collections. Requests may be filled by the provision of facsimile copies. Loaned materials are made available for use under the careful oversight of the special collections staff under regular special collections reading room rules at the requesting or borrowing library.
Requests will be considered if they can be met without damaging and/or endangering rare and unique materials. Each request will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis to determine the rarity and condition of the item. Whenever possible, it is recommended that patrons check with their reference or interlibrary loan department staff for assistance in locating alternate editions or works that may be more readily accessible for loan and check out without the restrictions required for special collections material.
For further information regarding this program contact your local interlibrary loan or special collections department.