Interlibrary Loan FAQs

Answers to the most commonly asked questions about Georgetown Law ILL.

What is Interlibrary Loan (ILL)?

This service provides eligible current Georgetown University Law Center members the ability to request materials from outside the collective resources of the Law Library and local academic libraries. The service includes the ability to borrow print publications like books or physical items such as microfilm reels. It also includes the ability to request a PDF copy or scan of journal and newspaper articles and small amount of content out of a large body or series of works like book chapters.

This ILL service can be used to obtain materials for your Georgetown Law course work, class paper, note writing, journal source collecting, scholarly research, general interests, dissertation research, Research Assistant work, or work-for-hire projects.

Check What Can Be Obtained? for more details.

Who is Eligible for ILL Service at Georgetown Law

This ILL service is only available to current Georgetown University Law Center faculty, students, staff and visiting scholars who have book borrowing privileges at the Law Library. There are no fees to use this ILL service.

Be Careful: If you are a current law faculty, staff or student, do not mistakenly use the ILL service at Georgetown University main campus Lauinger Library. If you do resort to that campus library's services, any ILL requests facilitated by Lauinger Library on your behalf falls within their policies and outside of this Law Library's oversight. Lauinger Library's ILL policies and this Law Library's ILL policies are not interchangeable. ILL transactions that Lauinger Library has processed cannot be transferred to the Law Library.

Georgetown Law Visiting Researchers are not eligible for this library's ILL services and should use their home institution libraries to obtain materials not held by the Law Library. Visiting Researchers may request a Law Library study carrel to which Law Library books may be checked out.

Alumni, Friends of the Law Library, and those who have paid a Law Library Membership to gain library building access are not eligible to use this library's ILL service to obtain materials not found in the Law Library. This ILL service is also not a mechanism by which an alumni, Friend or paying Member may borrow a Law Library material. Such visitors must obtain ILL services through their home law firm, agency, institution, or public library.

Georgetown Capitol Campus non-law faculty, staff and non-law students are not eligible for the Law Library's ILL service. Such  university members must use main campus library's ILL services. This ILL service is not the mechanism to borrow Law Library materials. Georgetown University non-law faculty, staff and students should consult main campus Lauinger Library on how to borrow the Law Library circulating materials.

This ILL service is not the mechanism through which the faculty, staff or student from the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) or any local academic institution would borrow Law Library materials. Use your home library's consortium service.

Those from the general public must use their home library's ILL service to obtain loans of materials that may be held by the Law Library.