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Interlibrary Loan FAQs

Answers to the most commonly asked questions about ILL.

ILL Services for Academic Year 2021-2022

  • Please continue to submit ILL requests into ILLiad.
  • Copies/Scans for Articles/Pages: 
    • The library is now open for patrons to enter the building without advance reservations or permission. We are no longer accepting via ILL requests for scans out of works that are housed in the Law Library.
    • We will do our best to process requests for scans or pages out of periodicals, newspapers, books and other compilation works that are not readily available in the Law Library. Turnaround time may be longer than under normal circumstances (which was one to three business days).
      • If we are unable to find a library that can accommodate your request, you will be notified. You may then reach out to the Reference Services to assist you in identifying an alternate, more readily available source on the same subject.
  • Entire Books:
    • First please check for GU, WRLC and freely accessible digitized options (such as HathiTrust and Internet Archive). Due to licensing restrictions, we do not "borrow" ebooks from other libraries via ILL.
    • If no e-version is available, but if there is an available print copy carried by the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC), then please submit a "Request from a Local Academic Library" through the catalog.
    • We are resuming our book borrowing services for titles that are not housed in or accessible through the Law Library. Please note that though the Law Library suspended due dates, notices and fines during continuity, starting August 30th, fines and fees for damaged or lost ILL books will be enforced and ILL privileges will be suspended for delinquent loans or poor borrowing history.
  • Journal Staff: Please see Interlibrary Loan Instructions for Journal Staff guide for ILL tips and policies.
  • Research Assistants: Please see Interlibrary Loan Instructions for Faculty RA guide for ILL tips and policies.

Locating Required Readings & Casebooks

  • Please first check the library catalog for required reading textbooks and study aids that may be housed in the Reading Room, Circulation Desk Reserves, Course Reserves, or Casebook Reserves. The Law Library is now open to students without the need for advance reservation or check in.
  • For required readings, see our Library FAQ "Does the library have my casebook? Or other textbooks?"
    • If you are experiencing difficulties getting a casebook in time for your assignments, e.g., back order or mail delivery delays, please inform the faculty as it may be more of a widespread problem. The faculty may be willing to consider addressing the issue by placing a copy of the first few readings on Canvas or TWEN for your class.
    • If you retained proof of purchase of the print version, we also recommend that you contact the publisher and ask if they would be willing to share specific content from or limited, short term access to their electronic version. Since you already purchased a copy, publishers may be willing to freely share with you limited content as that would not impact sales.
  • For study aids, see our Library FAQ "For the Fall 2021 & Spring 2022 semesters, do I have access to electronic study aids?"
  • If you are assigned to read only certain pages out of an entire book that cannot be accessed through our databases, please ask your faculty to place a copy in Canvas or TWEN for your class. 
  • If you need pages out of a textbook or casebook for anything other than for a syllabus assignment i.e., class paper, journal note, source collection assignment, or seminar research, you must include into the ILL request the name of your class / seminar and faculty, or journal. We may check the textbook title against a required reading list for the name of the class, or reach out to the journal editor to verify the casebook or textbook citation as a source collection assignment.

Recommendations for Locating Known Citations

  • Always feel free to contact the Reference Desk for assistance.
  • Check the Law Library's catalog for:
    • Access to ebooks and ejournals.
    • Available print books at the Law Library. For circulating stack books, you can page to have the book pulled from the stacks and placed on hold for you at the Circulation Desk. In the catalog record:
      1. "Sign in" to your library account.
      2. Select "Request this Item" service.
      3. Complete the form and "Send Request. 
    • Available, circulating books at a local Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) member, including main campus Lauinger Library. To borrow a consortium book, search the catalog under "Georgetown + Local Academic Libraries" and through the found record: 
      1. "Sign in" to your library account.
      2. Click on "Request from a Local Academic Library."
      3. Complete the form and "Send Request. 
  • Internet Archive: Provides one-hour loans of their digitized books. You may check-out their books by registering for a free, personal account. If a PDF download option is not provided with the check-out, then consider taking snippets of page images.
  • If you happen to come across an article through a web search, try adding the following EZProxy prefix before the URL (i.e., before https://) to see if you have full-text access: