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Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Use interlibrary loan to request 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.

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 on reserve.

Search for books in the library catalog. Use the drop-down menu at the end of the Search box to choose which library to search.

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  • If the book you need is Available at Law Library Remote (Buies Creek Campus), place a request to have the book sent to the law library.
  • If the book you need is Available at Wiggins Memorial Library, email Kim Hocking to have the book sent to the law library.

You can search for law review and journal articles in the catalog as well. Type in the title of the article and choose Articles & Ebooks from the drop-down menu. If we have access to the article electronically, there will be a link to the PDF.

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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

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  • Rare books and unpublished manuscripts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

Required Information

At minimum, you must supply:

  • Book requests
    • title of the book
    • author name, ISBN, publisher, and edition are helpful but not necessary
  • Copy requests
    • article, chapter, or section title
    • title of the source in which it appears (name of the journal, law review, book, etc.)
    • date of issue, if applicable
    • page numbers
    • ISSN and volume & issue numbers are helpful but not necessary

Turnaround Time

Requests are processed within 1 business day of receiving them, except on weekends and holidays. Once processed, the library depends on the lending libraries to fill the requests and the US Post Office to deliver the material.

Articles and other photocopies:

  • typically arrive in 1 week or less
  • do not have to be returned
  • will be sent to your Campbell email address


  • can take 2 or more weeks to arrive
  • must be returned to the law library by the due date specified by the lending library (this will be noted 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)
  • may be picked up outside Kim Hocking's office, 203E.


The library can usually 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

Due dates on interlibrary loan books are set by the lending libraries, and loan periods may be shorter than regular library loans. We must return materials on time and in good condition to ensure continued borrowing privileges. Use ILL books immediately upon receipt, copy what you need, and return them. ILL items should not become overdue. 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 cart outside her office.


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.