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Guide for Law Journal Students

What Is an Interlibrary Loan (ILL)?

Interlibrary loan refers to a system in which libraries borrow materials from other libraries for their users. Sometimes a source cited in an article will not be available in an electronic format online or in a physical format at the Gallagher Law Library, UW Libraries, or any other Summit libraries. In these instances, you should request an interlibrary loan.

For more information about obtaining an item via interlibrary loan, please visit the Interlibrary Loan webpage on the Gallagher Law Library's website.

How long will it take to receive something via Interlibrary Loan?

  • Loans for physical items can take 2-3 weeks
  • Article scans can take 1-7 business days
  • Note that we are not able to fill rush requests!

How Do You Submit an ILL Request?

Before submitting an ILL request, please check with the editor overseeing the article to verify whether you are supposed to submit ILL requests yourself for items that appear in your assigned section of the article, or if the editor is in charge of submitting all of the ILL requests for the entire article. A source may be cited in various sections of the article handled by different members during the sourcing-and-citing process, but only one ILL request for that item should be submitted.

If you are responsible for requesting the item via interlibrary loan, please access the login portal here to place a request for an article or book, or to view your existing requests. UW NetID and 2FA required. If you would like a loan of the material, select book from the request form and fill in the required fields. If you would like an article scan of material not owned by the Gallagher Law Library, select article and fill out the required fields.

Please be as thorough as possible when completing the form. Thorough and correct citation information means that we will deliver exactly what you need in a timely manner. Feel free to add explanatory information in the Comments field. If you need help identifying a thorough and complete citation, please contact the library.

If citing to the print is required:

  • Identify yourself as a Journal Student in the Comments field.
  • Add a note stating that print or a PDF of the print is required.
  • If requesting an article scan/PDF you must include page numbers and the article title.

When submitting book requests, remember Bluebook Rule 15.4: "Always cite the latest edition of a work that supports the point under the discussion, unless an earlier edition would be particularly relevant or authoritative." Authors frequently cite older editions of books. To verify whether there is a newer edition of a book available than what the author has cited, you should look up the title on WorldCat first. For assistance on how to identify the latest edition of a book, please see the Books section in this guide.

How Do You Renew an ILL Request?

The Law Library ILL system operates separately from the main library catalog so requests will not be visible by logging in to your regular library account. To place and renew requests please use this ILL User Portal. Use your UW NetID to log in and place / view / renew or cancel requests. More information about our ILL services can be viewed here.

If you have additional questions please always feel free to ask a law librarian.