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Interlibrary Loan Instructions for Journal Staff

Interlibrary Loan Instructions for Journal Staff

ILL FAQs for Journal Staff

Questions Answers
What's the turnaround time for ILLs?
  • Copies can arrive in a few hours to 3 working days.
    • Since copies tend to arrive faster than loans, submit requests for copies of pages from books, reporters, dictionaries, etc. whenever possible.
  • Books can take 3 to 7 working days to arrive.
    • Need a book in less than 3 days?
      • Check for book title through "WRLC (Georgetown U. + Consortium)" option in Advanced Search.
      • If a circulating copy is available, then visit the owning consortium library to check the book out on-site. If Qatar Library is the only owning institution, then you must use ILL.
      • Note: Consortium law libraries do not lend through the loan service nor do they permit on-site check-outs. However, you may visit a consortium law library to obtain scans from a print material.
Who gets notified about requested ILLs?
  • If the request was submitted under your own ILLiad account, you will receive all the emailed notices.
    • You will be responsible for returning borrowed ILL items.
    • Keep ILL books within your possession, not in the journal's shared office shelf.
  • If the request was submitted under the journal's ILLiad account, the journal office/editor will receive all the emailed notices.
    • The journal office will be responsible for returning borrowed ILL items.
    • The ILL books should be kept within the journal office.
Where and how do I get the ILLs?
  • If requested under your own ILLiad account:
    • Books are held under your name at the Williams Circulation Desk.
    • Copies are delivered electronically into your ILLiad account.
  • If requested under the journal's ILLiad account:
    • Books are delivered to the journal's mailbox behind the Office of Journal Administration's reception desk (Williams, Suite 170).
    • Copies are delivered electronically into the journal's ILLiad account.
How long are the loan periods?
  • Loan period varies for each borrowed item, anywhere from 3 to 12 weeks, depending on lending library.
  • The due date is set by the lender, not the Law Library.
Can ILL books be renewed?
  • Renewals, if allowed by the lender, can be submitted through the ILLiad account used to request the item. Look for emailed reminder notices from
  • Renewal policy and periods depend on the lending library. Not every ILL item can be renewed, especially an overdue loan, and if allowed, only once.
  • Renewal periods are usually short. Maximize the use of the borrowed item.
  • Submit a new request to borrow a second copy whenever necessary.
Can I transfer my request to my journal's ILLiad account or vice versa?
  • No, ILL requests cannot be transferred between different ILLiad accounts. The ILLiad system precludes transaction transfers in order to keep ILL offices compliant with the copyright laws that govern interlibrary loan.
    • For example, if you already have an ILL book checked out to your name, it cannot be transferred to your journal office ILLiad account. If the journal needs to have a copy of the same book, then an ILL request to borrow a different copy must be made under the journal's ILLiad account.
Where can I or my journal return ILL books.
  • In the bins underneath the bank of mailboxes behind the Office of Journal Administration's reception desk.
  • At the Circulation Desk when it is open.
  • Library Book Drops, located in the library's atrium and foyer.

ILL Tips for Journal Staff

More ILL Policies and General FAQs.

Citation / Source Collection Tips:

  • Do not spend more than 10 minutes trying to locate a citation.
  • Source Pulling Resources for Journal Staff Research Guide.
  • Search HathiTrust for digitized versions of published materials that are now in the public domain. Note that libraries do not lend materials that are older than 100 years or more in age.
  • Try Factiva for web or online newspaper articles. Some newspaper articles do not appear in print editions.
  • Access Washington Post digital edition for its web only content. Note that this subscription is accessible while on campus as it is provided by the Post through our IP range.
  • Access New York Times digital edition for its web only content. Note that registration is required annually.
  • Don't forget about print or microform journals. Scholarly articles published prior to the 1990s that are not found as PDF via HeinOnline or JSTOR may exist only in the print volumes. Search for the journal title through Journal Finder to check our print volume or microform holdings. If unavailable, then submit as an ILL.

Research Tips:

Technology Tips:

  • Check your junk folder in your email account for messages sent from library offices.
    • If you use auto-forwarding, be aware that if the first email account filters a message as junk, then that message will not be forwarded to the second account.
    • All library services issue arrival notices, reminders to renew or return, and/or overdue or recall notifications. Do not ignore them
  • The Law Library offers, a web page archival service, and Georgetown Dataverse, a digital dataset repository. Contact your Journal Liaison for more information.