In response to COVID-19, most Law Center and Library staff are working remotely. Other universities or institutions and their libraries have followed a similar safety protocols and have closed their buildings, reduced their on-site ILL staffing, or closed off access to their physical collections.
This means that:
- No physical items can be borrowed via Interlibrary Loan. Requests for entire books will be handed over to our collection services team to find alternate options.
- We cannot recommend that you visit a local library to make scans of materials yourself.
- It's more difficult to find libraries that may carry a needed title and happen to have the ILL capacity to make scans for us.
- Scans of citations that only exist in microfilm format (such as older newspapers) would be difficult, or maybe impossible, to obtain at present.
- Lengthy scanning requests that either exceed fair use guidelines or ILL libraries' scanning limits (typically 40 pages or more), which were not accepted under normal circumstances, will still not be accepted by ILL libraries. These requests will be handed over to our collection services team to find alternate options.
- Other ILL libraries, even if staffed, do not have the capacity to perform research on our behalf and cannot accommodate requests to peruse an entire work, or microfilm, in order to locate an obscure citation.
- It is more difficult for ILL libraries experiencing reduced staffing to process complicated scanning requests, e.g. scans of a book's front matter plus non-consecutive pages for pinpoint citations. To locate front matter pages (e.g. title page, copyright page and table of contents), please resort to the publisher's website or the "Look Inside" feature on Amazon.com.
- There may be a greater probability that you will have to resort to the author for a copy of a cited source. However, please do not submit an ILLiad request if you have already contacted the author for a copy so that we do not waste a potential supplying library's limited staffing and time.
Your patience and understanding are appreciated.