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Georgetown Law Library

Interlibrary Loan FAQs

Answers to the most commonly asked questions about ILL.


The library has undergone a website re-design and is currently undergoing a library system migration therefore hyperlinks on this research guide may be outdated. The guide will be updated, after the library system migration, sometime in the fall. Please contact the ILL Office should you have any questions.

How Long Will an ILL Take?

  • Copy requests could be filled within a few hours to 3 days.
  • Book requests filled by local sources may take 3 to 4 business days to arrive, while books loaned by libraries outside our region may take approximately 5 to 7 business days to arrive.
    • Turnaround depends on the availability of the item and the lending library's staffing and shipping practices.
    • Titles that are considered textbooks or are limited in availability may take longer to obtain.
    • Federal and local holidays will increase turnaround time.

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 ILL offices are closed, then check George and WRLC catalogs. Verify that the book has an 'available' status or that the coverage of the print/electronic journal matches your citation at any of these local libraries. 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).