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Georgetown Law Library

Interlibrary Loan FAQs

Answers to the most commonly asked questions about ILL.

Can Materials for Personal or Leisure Use Be Requested?

Personal or leisure materials (unrelated to your Law Center class, work or research) may be requested except for the following (please use your public library instead):

  • Audio recordings of any content (e.g. audio books, music, etc.), in any format (e.g. audio files, CDs, albums, etc.);
  • Visual recordings of any content, in any format (e.g. DVD, Blu-Ray, VHS, video or streaming files, etc.);
    • Main campus Gelardin New Media Center carries a large video collection. Request the physical media via Intercampus Loan.
    • There are affordable options to rent or purchase most video recordings (as discs or streaming files). Check availability of options through CanIStream.It?.
    • Use the DC Public Library for videos in disc formats.
    • If you would like to recommend a title as an acquisition, then please submit a suggestion. (No streaming files or service will be acquired for the collection).
  • Language learning, self-help, instructional or skills development publications in any non-print format (e.g. audio books, DVDs, files, etc.);
  • Graphic novels, manga magazines, comics or books classified as children, juvenile or young adult reading and games in any format.
    • Use your public library's collection or its interlibrary loan service. Anyone attending or working at Georgetown Law may apply for a DC Public Library card.
  • Intensely popular titles where demand far exceeds lending supply, (e.g. novel to a newly released movie).
    • Place your name on the book's waiting list at your public library. Anyone attending or working at Georgetown Law may apply for a DC Public Library card.

Personal or leisure requests will: (1) be submitted only to those libraries (located in the U.S. only) that do not charge us ILL fees; (2) be submitted to no more than 15 potential lenders; (3) be canceled if unfilled after resorting to 15 potential lenders; and (4) not be processed as rush orders.