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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, online video or streaming file, etc.);
    • Main campus Gelardin New Media Center carries a large video collection. Request the physical media through a "WRLC (Georgetown U. + Consortium)" Advanced Search through our catalog.
    • Use the DC Public Library to watch films online or borrow video discs.
    • There are affordable options to rent or purchase most video recordings (as discs or streaming files). Check availability of options through CanIStream.It?.
    • If you would like to recommend a title as an acquisition, then please submit a suggestion. But note that streaming files or service will not be acquired.
  • 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: (1) will only be submitted to those libraries (located in the U.S.) that do not charge us ILL fees; (2) will be submitted to no more than 15 potential lenders; (3) will be canceled if unfilled after resorting to 15 potential lenders; and (4) will not be processed as rush orders. We will not borrow leisure materials internationally due to the added costs of obtaining from and returning loans to another country.