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Georgetown Law Library

Interlibrary Loan FAQs

Answers to the most commonly asked questions about ILL.

What Cannot Be Obtained?

The following are not eligible for borrowing regardless of purpose of their use:

These materials are not eligible for borrowing as the types of items are not loaned by libraries:

  • Entire issues or volumes of print periodicals or original newspapers. However, if a periodical has been microfilmed, we may be able to borrow a set of reels or fiche for you to peruse.
  • Digital audio files (e.g. MP3s) of music, books, etc.; video or streaming files; games in any format, for any platform (e.g. apps, XBox, etc.).
  • Reference books (e.g. dictionaries, encyclopedia, etc.).
    • Please submit requests for specific entries, pages, sections or chapters from such publications.
  • Rare materials; special collection items; archival materials; manuscripts; genealogical items; books published more than 100 years ago.
    • For materials that are outside of copyrights, check HathiTrust (log in with your GULC NetID and Password) and Internet Archive for digital replications.

For materials that cannot be obtained for personal or leisure purposes, see "Can Materials for Personal or Leisure Use be Requested?"