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Georgetown Law Library

Interlibrary Loan FAQs

Answers to the most commonly asked questions about ILL.

How Long Will an ILL Take?

  • Copy requests could be filled within a few hours to 3 days.
  • Book requests filled by local sources: approximately 3 to 4 business days
  • Book requests filled by libraries outside our region: approximately 5 to 7 business days

Factors that will affect turnaround time:

  • The availability of the item on a library's shelf and the lending office's staffing and shipping practices.
  • Titles that are considered non-circulating materials or are limited in availability.
  • Federal and local holidays which affect shipping services.

We cannot guarantee the arrival date of any ILL material so please plan well in advance.

Tip: If you need a book/book chapter/article over the weekend when all ILL offices are closed, then perform a "WRLC (Georgetown U. + Consortium)"  Search to determine which, if any, local academic library may own a copy. Verify that in the matching catalog record that a copy has an 'available' status or that the coverage of the print/electronic journal matches your citation. Then visit the owning library to check-out/scan/download the material on site. (Note: You cannot check-out books directly at any of the local law libraries).