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A Law Faculty Research Assistant's Survival Guide

Research During COVID-19

Please see our law library's welcome page for current information on how to access to materials and Interlibrary Loan materials. 

How to request research materials that are available in other libraries

Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a service for borrowing materials from other academic institutions.  Not all materials are available through interlibrary loan and we cannot guarantee that all requests will be filled.  Please note it may take one to three weeks for an item to arrive and obscure materials may take even longer.  We ask that you place your requests as soon as possible to ensure timely delivery.  Interlibrary loan requests are primarily handled by the Interlibrary Loan Assistant, Kathie Molyneaux.  Please feel free to her or a reference librarian with any questions.  Kathie can be reached at:

What is LawILL?

LawILL is the electronic system you use to request an item through Interlibrary Loan. Unlike MOBIUS, LawILL has access to thousands of libraries and resources worldwide.

How do I submit a LawILL request?

Use FirstSearch/WorldCat to locate the item you would like us to borrow. Once you have located the item you need, click on the link that says, “Send Request to LAW-ILL (Tipasa)”. You will then need to click on Create Account and follow the directions.

If you already have a LawILL account, you can access it and track your requests here.

How do I check the status of my LawILL request?

Log into your LawILL account. There you can monitor the status of your requests, receive articles, and manage your account.

How long does it take for ILL materials to arrive?

It may take up to two weeks (occasionally more) to get items. You will be notified by e-mail when the material arrives. Materials will be placed on the hold shelf behind the circulation desk. Articles will be delivered to your LawILL web account. If the requested material is no longer needed, please inform the Interlibrary Loan Assistant. Material that is not picked up within two weeks will be returned to the lending institution.

How long may I keep ILL items?

Photocopies are yours to keep; however, other materials will have a due date. The loan period is determined by the lending library and may vary. If you need to renew a loan, contact the Interlibrary Loan Assistant. Please return due materials promptly: Interlibrary loan is a courtesy and we cannot jeopardize our relations with other libraries by failing to conform to the conditions imposed by the lending library. Your cooperation is appreciated. Failure to return materials may result in revocation of your borrowing privileges and in billing for the materials.