Borrowing Library Materials

Borrowing Library Materials

LIBRARY CLOSURE NOTE: Library staff has limited access, please contact us if you want to check out a book from our library. We are still unable to process physical book requests through CSU+ or ILLiad due to the temporary closure of MLML. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Checkout Periods

  • Loans to MLML and MBARI graduate students, staff, and faculty: 1 year with 3 renewals
  • Loans to undergraduates, visiting researchers, and MBARI interns: circulation period aligns with time at MLML (e.g. semester or summer)
  • CSU+ loans: 60 days for books or 30 days  for media with no renewals.
  • Interlibrary loans (ILLs): variable

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MLML/MBARI Research Library book stacks

Need something we don’t have?  We can get it.


Borrow materials from 23 other CSU libraries via CSU+ loan. CSU+ is the resource-sharing system that allows our patrons to access the 29 million books held by the libraries of the California State University system and have them delivered to MLML within 2-5 days. Instructions for placing a CSU+ loan can be found in our CSU+ library guide.

Not available in CSU+? Access articles and books from libraries worldwide using Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Instructions for requesting an item via ILL via the electronic system ILLiad can be found in our ILL library guide.

Document Delivery

If you're working offsite and need a journal article or book chapter please contact us at to request a scan.

Have a suggestion for an addition to the Library?

If you have a book or journal you think we should add to our library collection, please contact us at