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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 law-ill@law.georgetown.edu.
  • 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

Source Collection Tips

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 perma.cc, a web page archival service, and Georgetown Dataverse, a digital dataset repository. Contact your Journal Liaison for more information.