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Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a service provided by the law library to obtain books, journal articles, and other materials that we do not own. Law students, faculty, and staff may use ILL even if the material is not law-related.

Turnaround Time

The law library attempts to process all ILL requests within one business day of receiving them. Requests submitted on a weekend will be processed the following Monday. After processing, the library depends on the lending libraries to fill the requests and the US Post Office to deliver the material as soon as possible.

Articles and photocopied sections of books requested through interlibrary loan:

  • typically arrive in 1-4 business days
  • do not have to be returned

In almost all cases, these will arrive electronically and be sent to your Campbell email address.

Books requested through interlibrary loan:

  • can take 2 or more weeks to arrive
  • must be returned to the law library usually in 3-4 weeks (the due date will appear on a cover strip attached to the book)
  • may be renewed at the discretion of the lending library (please request renewals at least 4 days before the due date)

You will be contacted when materials are received. Borrowed items can be picked up outside Kim Hocking's office, 203E.


In most instances, the library can borrow from other libraries at no charge. If a lending library charges for interlibrary loan, the library will absorb the cost up to $20.

Returns and Renewals

ILL items often have shorter loan periods than regular library loans. The library must return materials to lending libraries on time and in good condition to ensure continued borrowing privileges. Use items requested via ILL immediately upon receipt, copy what you need, and return them. ILL items should not become overdue. The due dates on interlibrary loan items are set by the libraries that loan us the material. If it becomes necessary to keep an item beyond the due date, request a renewal before it becomes overdue. ILL materials should be returned to Kim Hocking or the circulation desk.

Before Requesting

Please make sure the material cannot be found in the law library, the university library, or in an electronic database before making an ILL request. The library will not request items that we own that are in temporary use or on reserve. If an item is checked out, inquire at the circulation desk about placing a hold on the item; you will be notified when the item is returned.

  • Search for books and journal titles in the library catalog. Make sure you select ALL from the library: drop-down menu.

  • Search the undergraduate library's collection of online journals.
  • Search HeinOnline using the box below. Type or paste the citation to any article or document, and if it's available in Hein, you will be taken to the PDF.

Search Law Journal Library by Citation


The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse a copy request if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the request would violate copyright law.

Items That Are Difficult to Borrow

Most libraries do not loan the following types of material:

  • Very recent or very old books
  • Multi-volume sets and loose-leaf publications
  • Reference and reserve materials
  • Rare books and unpublished manuscripts
  • Newsletters and pamphlets
  • Entire issues or volumes of law reviews and other periodicals
  • Audiovisual materials and computer software
  • Some doctoral dissertations and master’s theses

It is difficult, if not impossible, for the library to obtain the following through interlibrary loan:

  • Print versions of official codes - many libraries have canceled print, so you have to use the online version
  • Foreign laws in English
  • Paper copies of materials that exist only online and digital materials accessible only from electronic proprietary subscriptions
  • Drafts or internal documents that the author obtained through professional contacts, e.g., internal government agency memos
  • Material described too vaguely to be identified